Another day, another watchlist for Kentucky’s star linebacker. Earlier this week, Jordan Jones was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the top college defensive player. Today, he was named to the watchlist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is also given annually to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America.
Last year, Jones led the SEC and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game with 5.7 per game and ranked third in total tackles per game with 8.4. He totaled a team-high 109 tackles and led Kentucky with 15.5 tackles for loss. He has earned preseason All-America honors by Athlon (third team) and preseason first-team All-SEC honors by Athlon Sports and Southern Pigskin.
We reached out to Jones for comment, but he was too busy ripping apart tackling dummies at the football training center to respond.