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Further Confirmation that Jordan Jones will Return for Senior Season


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.

[SEC Country]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 responses to “Further Confirmation that Jordan Jones will Return for Senior Season”

  1. brb_skywalking

    Stoops’ comments are exactly the kind of words of encouragement I think are needed to get Jones playing at his full potential. It could have been so easy for this staff to move on from him but the diligence of Stoops to want to work to make him better should be the motivation Jordan needs to get his act together. I’ve loved the energy and passion Jones brings and I hope he and the other returning seniors have remarkable senior seasons

  2. Smyrna_Cat

    I agree. Good for all, I hope.

  3. Bobbum Man

    There’s worse things to have than a player who’s too passionate

    1. KYcats11

      Rather reel him in, than try to get him to play harder.

    2. brb_skywalking

      Very true. I believe that Stoops wants the same too. And in truth, by reeling him in, his play should exceed expectations as well. Channeling the passion and anger should (hopefully) yield positive results

  4. KYcats11

    Jones is an excellent player. Without the injury this year, he would have been a top tackler in the sec again.

  5. UKfanforlife

    Wonder if Adderall would help

  6. catsby90.1

    Serious question because I don’t know, but has he ever been punished by the coaching staff? I like passion too, but when it hurts the team you have to draw the line. He’s a good player, just hope he matures before next season.

  7. Luether

    Good move by Stoops. Ky can’t afford to run off SEC caliber linebackers…