High expectations for Jones
Chris Jones received a lot of attention in 2013.
From his suspenseful recruitment in January to his Freshman All-SEC performance last fall for Mississippi State, Jones drew his share of the spotlight during that calendar year.
The former five-star standout from Houston High School appeared in all 13 games for the Bulldogs and earned three starts as a rookie. Jones recorded 32 tackles, seven stops for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups and 10 quarterback hurries.
Even as good as Jones was last fall, his coaching staff is expecting more from his encore.
“We had a meeting with him and told him to let his personality out,” said MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. “He’s got a huge personality. He’s 6-foot-6, 308-pounds and his personality is even bigger than that. We’re starting to see that a little bit. He’s got such a big persona and once he lets it out it’s going to be something dangerous.”
Jones is taking first team reps this spring with senior defensive tackles Kaleb Eulls and P.J. Jones sidelined with injury. Head coach Dan Mullen is hoping the extra repetitions will help improve fundamentals for the budding star.
“We want to make sure he’s improving technically as a player,” Mullen said. “Talent will take a you a little ways but he did a lot of things that were bad last year. He made some plays because he has some talent but if he wants to be a great player he has to be technically sound. This is an opportunity for him to learn this.”
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