By LARRY VAUGHT
Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones has become the inspirational leader for Kentucky’s defense with his intensity and passion on the field. He may not always make the right play, but he always goes full speed and has become UK’s leading tackler this season.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Jones’ play is “very contagious” for teammates.
“He’s fun. And it’s a big piece of that in practice. Every day he’s like that. There’s not one thing that’s fake or phony. He loves the game. He plays that way on Saturday and he plays that way on Monday. Love seeing that,” Stoops said.
“We really did dissect — someone was asking me some of the things we did (during off week) — we really looked at a lot of plays, whether they were scheme or what players were in the game, why, and how to get them in better position. He is a guy that’s really grown because he makes an enormous amount of plays as you know.
“But there were some things that were going on that he needed to fix and not play as loose. He’s tightening up on that and getting a lot better. That comes from experience.
“He’s a true sophomore, so he’s six games into his sophomore season. He’s going to be a heck of a player.”