A report has confirmed what we already kinda knew about Jordan Jones’ future.
Earlier today Josh Allen said he was looking forward to another year with his fellow seniors, and named Denzil Ware and Jordan Jones. If that did not confirm it for you, Ware issued an official release on his Twitter account. Now Joe Mussatto from SEC Country reports that Jones will in fact be back for one more year. That means Kentucky’s defense will not lose any underclassmen to the NFL Draft.
The Kentucky middle linebacker has been a lightning rod for controversy. From a Spring Game suspension to late hits against Louisville, many fans are finished with Jones, but not Mark Stoops.
“It would be easy for me to dismiss him and move on,” Stoops said after the Louisville game. “But that’s not the business we’re in. That’s the easy way to go. The hard thing is for me to continue to develop and grind and have him be accountable and make him the person and the player that he can be. That’s what you struggle with as a coach. Sometimes in this day and age, we want to just move on and dismiss people too easy. I can’t do that. I’ve gotta just keep on working.”
Jones’ junior year may have been marred with controversy, but if he can return to sophomore year form, a year he finished third in the SEC in tackles (109) and sixth in tackles for loss (15.5), the Kentucky defense will have all of the tools to be Stoops’ best yet.