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A.J. Jones

LB

Height
6' 2"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Tampa
Weight
200 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Middleton
A

CAREER: Appeared in 50 games for the Gators and made 40 career starts...Collected 162 total tackles in his career, including 15.0 tackles-for-loss and five sacks...Recorded the three interceptions in his career, all in 2009...Also forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

 

2010: Was fifth on the Gators with 54 tackles, including 32 solo…Had six tackles-for-loss, a sack, and broke up three passes…Recorded five tackles, including two tackles-for-loss vs. Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl…Had five tackles at Florida State (four solo)…Missed the Appalachian State game with a hamstring injury…Notched five tackles (three solo) vs. South Carolina…Graded out a Champion at Vanderbilt as he recorded four tackles, including his first sack of the season…Made three tackles vs. Georgia and added a pass break-up…Matched his season-high with seven tackles, including a tackle-for-loss vs. Mississippi State…Credited with four solo tackles vs. LSU, including a tackle-for-loss…Tallied four tackles at Alabama…Graded out as a Champion vs. Kentucky and was credited with four tackles and a pass break-up vs. Kentucky…Registered three tackles at Tennessee…Collected a season-high seven tackles vs. USF…Recorded three tackles, including one for a six-yard loss in the season opener versus Miami University.

 

2009: Started the first 11 games of the season before suffering a knee injury and missing the final three contests...Recorded 37 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and the first three interceptions of his career...One of three Gators to collect four tackles (two solo) in the SEC victory over South Carolina...Tallied five tackles (two solo), two for a loss of nine yards, against Georgia. Also made a career-high two interceptions and added a pass breakup and QB sack in the win...Collected the first interception of his career against Mississippi State after teammate Carlos Dunlap deflected the pass. The pick was the first by a non-defensive back this season...Picked up his second quarterback sack of the season for a loss of seven yards while adding two solo tackles versus Arkansas...Had the second-most tackles among defenders with a career-high 10 (two solo) in the Gators’ win at LSU...Collected four tackles (three solo) and a QB hurry at Kentucky...One of seven Gators to notch three tackles against Troy. Also collected a QB sack for eight yards...Tallied three assisted tackles, 0.5 for a loss, in the season opener versus Charleston Southern.

 

2008: Started nine games at strong-side linebacker and appeared in 12 games total, collecting 35 tackles on the season...Also had 2.5 tackles for a loss of 13 yards, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble on the season...Recorded five tackles and forced a fumble in the win over Arkansas...Had four tackles and a fumble recovery in the win over LSU...Had a career-high seven tackles, one pass break-up and one QB hurry in the win over Tennessee.

 

2007: Appeared in all 13 games at strong side linebacker with nine starts...Did not start in games versus Troy, Georgia, South Carolina or Michigan...Named to the Coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team...Ranked eighth on the squad with 36 total tackles (23 solo)...Also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss of eight yards...Made his first career sack in the road victory over South Carolina...Had one pass deflection on the season...Set a career-high with six tackles (five solo) versus Auburn and matched that high with six (four solo) in the victory over Florida Atlantic... Tallied two tackles (one solo) in his first career start against Western Kentucky...Member of the Leadership Committee.

 

2006: Did not see game action due to preseason ankle injury.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Finished his senior season with 116 tackles and six sacks after leading Hillsborough County in 2004 in tackles (170)...Listed at No. 27 on the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Top 100 list and No. 13 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Rivals.com...Forced an early fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown in Middleton’s 31-29 win over Freedom during his senior season...Had 16 sacks as junior...Named first-team All-Hillsborough County at linebacker by The Tampa Tribune as a senior...Named first-team All-Suncoast linebacker by St. Petersburg Times as a senior...The Tampa Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a junior... Also played running back...Had offers from a number of schools, including Florida, USC and Ohio State.

 

MAJOR: Family, Youth and Community Services.

 

JONES’ CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 10 (at LSU, 2009)

QB Sacks: 1 (5x, last at Vanderbilt, 2010)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (at Arkansas, 2008)

Interceptions: 2 (Georgia, 2009)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2007

23-13

36

2.5

1

0

0

1

0

2008

14-19

33

2.5

0

1

1

3

0

2009

16-21

37

4.5

3

0

0

2

3

2010

32-22

54

5.5

1

0

0

3

0

Totals:

85-77

162

15

5

1

1

9

3

 

PROFILE

·         Both parents work for the postal service

·         2007 member of the Leadership Committee

·         Served as a team captain of the 2010 Gator Charity Challenge

·         Has gained 49 pounds since arriving in Gainesville in 2006

·         Became the first UF linebacker to start nine or more games in four different years in 2010.

·         Weighed three pounds, seven ounces when he was born and stayed in the hospital for nearly four weeks. When he was finally cleared to go home, he was dressed in Cabbage Patch doll clothes because the extra-small clothes his parents bought for him were too big.

·         Doctors warned his parents that he would never fully develop, mentally or physically, he would struggle in school and he would never play sports.

 

QUOTES

"That's one of my favorite guys. He's a person that's come a long way on the field and off the field. He's a graduate of Florida. He's one of the guys coach and I were talking about, that the best four years, five years of his life have been at Florida. He knows that and he respects it. He'll probably have a chance to play for a little bit maybe, maybe not. But he understands the value of what just happened in his life and he's very respectful of that. You just like being around guys like that. He's one of my all-time favorites." (12/29/10)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“A.J. Jones is a versatile athlete with a penchant for the hard hit and the athleticism to cover very skilled offensive players. You won’t hear him talk about it much, he just brings his lunch pail and lines up for the next play every game.” (8/8/10)

Bob Redman, FightinGators.com

 

“After this last injury, I had a lot of support and it gave me motivation to want to come back harder. I know I’m working for something now, I’m a part of this team and that’s my real motivation. You want to be  accountable, you don’t want to let your teammates down.” (7/5/10)

A.J. Jones, UF linebacker

 

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