December 23, 2010

Jones getting it done at State

When you look at Mississippi State's defensive tackles there appears to be one guy that looks out of place.

At only six-foot, 270-pounds, Devin Jones is far from the biggest but the sophomore has found a way to use his size and speed to his advantage this season for the Bulldogs.

"I try to use my speed," Jones said. "Coach (Chris) Wilson tells me the best thing I have is leverage since I'm so low. He tells me to stay low when I come out of my stance. I just use what I've got which is speed. Coach (Matt) Balis has also helped out a lot because I was a lot lighter than this last year so he helped me gain a little weight and also to get stronger."

Jones is one of the strongest players on the MSU roster and squats 405-pounds just during his regular workout routine.

The Olive Branch, Miss., native has played in all 12 games including one start for the Bulldogs this season recording 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one blocked kick.

"It's been wonderful," Jones said. "Of course we are doing a lot better than last season. A lot of guys have gotten better including myself. Coach Wilson, the d-line coach, came in and taught us great technique and has made us do better."

In all, Jones has played in 24 consecutive games for State since redshirting his true freshman year in 209. He has 28 career tackles, 6.5 stops for loss, 3.5 sacks and one blocked kick.

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