By LARRY VAUGHT
Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones has 51 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries in five games for Kentucky. All are team-high totals going into Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt.
“He’s one of those guys that’s just wired very different. He means so well. He brings unbelievable energy every day,” coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “He loves playing football, loves practicing, loves it all. It’s experience, reps, all those things.
“He’s a true sophomore. Talk about a guy that if you could have redshirted him last year as a true freshman he’d play for a long time as he gets bigger and stronger. He’s got a lot of good football ahead of him and is getting better and better.
“It’s him being accountable and dependable also to his teammates, that he’s playing more within the structure of the defense.”
While Jones may get too aggressive at times, that’s not all bad for a team that lacked aggressive defensive play the first three games. Stoops says there is no doubt Jones’ enthusiasm rubs off on teammates.
“You see that passion in him running to the football and showing up all over the field. You watch it on film and there are some pretty good looking plays out there where guys are flying around like that,” Stoops said.