By LARRY VAUGHT
Before the season started, linebacker Jordan Jones was not slated to be a starter. That soon changed and he finished the season with a team-high 100 tackles and earned all-Southeastern Conference honors.
“I’ve been very pleased with him. He’s one of those guys, he’s a live wire, but he’s been very consistent. He brings — one thing he brings every day that’s undeniable is he brings great energy. He brings that juice to practice every day and our players feed off it,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.
“So I love watching him. I love coaching him. He’s always got a smile. He’s always bouncing around, and he could practice all day, and that’s a good thing. That rubs off on a lot of people. The more experience he gets, the more disciplined he becomes, because he’s seeing things and understanding things.
“But he wants to win. He’s a competitor and brings a lot of excitement and energy, and like I said, that rubs off on a lot of people. And the beautiful thing is he’s just a true sophomore, so he’s got a lot of good football ahead of him.”
Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said the more practice reps that Jones got, the more disciplined he became and the better he got.
“I think he went from being an athletic guy who can make plays to playing within the defense, too, so he’s more disciplined. He helps us tremendously in his ability to run and tackle. He plays with unbelievable motor and effort and I think his development and playing within the defense is what’s made him an even better player,” Eliot said.