Mesquite, TX | 6022 | 245 | 4.75E | 2018
Lines up standing up and/or with his hand in the dirt; seems to be a bit late off the ball snap when his hand is in the ground. Will move around and switch from strong side to weak side throughout the game. His go-to move is going to be the bull rush all day—he lacks a diverse pass-rush repertoire. He does do a spin move but it has little effect. His length and athleticism are intriguing; he’ll get his fair share of quarterback pressures by winning on the edge and getting low around the corner. He makes it a point to visit the opponent’s backfield frequently and that will always be in high demand in the NFL, which should earn him a look as a borderline day three / undrafted free agent prospect. A late bloomer—he was still a backup as recently as the beginning of his junior season. The coaching staff challenged him to become a more overall player and he responded by showing more confidence and becoming a better defender against the run. He now stays on the field for all three downs.
2016: Became just the second defensive player in the history of the Sun Belt Conference to be named the league’s Player of the Year . . . During the course of the year, broke both the Sun Belt single-season and career records for sacks with 13.5 and 30.5, respectively . . . Broke the A-State career record for sacks as well, and his 13.5 for the season were only a half-sack shy of tying the most in school history . . . Started eight games and played in all 13 while recording 57 tackles, the third most in the Sun Belt among defensive linemen, to go along with his 13.5 sacks and league-high 21.5 tackles for loss . . . Also responsible for a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and seven quarterback hurries.
2015: First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Played in all 13 games, including seven as a starter . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, tallied a team-high 9.0 sacks, which led the Sun Belt, 38 tackles, one interception, eight quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles.
2014: Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Played in 10 games as a true freshman, including seven as a starter, before suffering a season-ending injury that kept him out of the final three games . . . Finished the season with 30 tackles (21 solo, 9 assisted) and eight sacks.
2013: Suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of 2013 and redshirted the year . . . Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.
High School: Recorded 64 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and one interception as a senior. Helped lead Mesquite to an undefeated regular season and final record of 11-1. He was a team captain, MVP, and most outstanding linebacker.
Personal: Born Nov. 13, 1994 . . . Son of Carlos Jones and Rollinea Rolland . . . Sport Management major . . . Participated in A-State Athletics’ study abroad trip to London in the summer of 2017.