Jordan Jones - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 34


  • position Linebacker
  • height 6-2
  • Weight 218
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Youngstown, Ohio
  • High school Cardinal Mooney
  • Started in 33 of 42 career games
  • Totaled 251 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a Wildcat
  • Also had 14 QB hurries, nine PBUs, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries
  • Had 10 or more tackles in six career games, including a career-best 19 tackles vs. Southern Miss as a sophomore
  • The 19 tackles are the most by a UK player since Cory Johnson had 19 tackles in 2015 against EKU 
2018 – Senior
  • Started in all 12 games played … Did not play in the VRBO Citrus Bowl
  • Played his four final games with a broken right hand sustained in the Missouri game
  • Tied for fourth on the team in PBUs (4) and TFLs (5.5) and ranked fifth in tackles (68)
  • Forced and recovered a fumble in the first quarter against South Carolina, setting up a UK field goal
  • Had eight tackles in the win over No. 14 Mississippi State, including one quarterback hurry
  • Had a career-best four pass breakups vs. Murray State
  • Charted a season-high 10 tackles at Missouri
2017 – Junior
  • Bednarik Award Watch List
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
  • Played in nine games with eight starting assignments
  • Totaled 64 tackles, 7.5 TFL (third on the team), 2.0 sacks, 3 QBH, 1 PBU and 1 FF
  • Returned to action at Mississippi State on Oct. 21 after missing four games with an injured shoulder
  • Had seven tackles, including one for loss, and had a quarterback hurry in his return
  • Led all players with 13 tackles in the win over Tennessee, adding one sack and two tackles for loss
  • His 13 tackles were a season high and the most in his career in a SEC game
  • Earned Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Week for this play against the Vols
  • Has recorded 10 or more tackles in five career games
  • Recorded eight tackles, a career-high 3.0 TFL and 1.0 sacks in the Ole Miss game
  • Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC First Team
  • Athlon Sports Preseason All-America Third Team
  • Preseason All-SEC Third Team (Media)
  • Preseason All-SEC Second Team (Coaches)
  • Southern Pigskin All-SEC Preseason First Team
2016 – Sophomore
  • Named All-SEC Second Team by the AP, the league coaches and Phil Steele
  • Led the team and ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game with 8.4 (109 total)
  • Led the SEC and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game (5.7)
  • Led the team with nine quarterback hurries
  • Led the team and ranked sixth in the SEC in tackles for loss with 15.5
  • Had a 10-tackle game at Louisville, his fourth double-digit game of the season (Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia and Louisville)
  • Saw limited action at Tennessee with back spasms
  • Recorded a career-high 2.5 TFL vs. Georgia
  • In his first career start vs. Southern Miss, finished with a career-high 19 tackles, including 13 solo … Added two tackles for loss, one sack and a quarterback hurry
  • The 19 tackles were the most by a UK player since Cory Johnson had 19 tackles in 2015 against EKU
  • Led UK with eight tackles, adding 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup vs. South Carolina
  • Had a career-high three quarterback hurries at Alabama
2015 – Freshman
  • Played in eight games, with 10 tackles, including one fumble recovery
  • Had three tackles in wins over UL Lafayette and Eastern Kentucky
  • Graduated a semester early and enrolled at Kentucky in January of 2015
High School
  • A four-star prospect by Scout and three-star recruit by, ESPN and Rivals
  • A top-20 player in the state of Ohio by and ESPN
  • Ranked as one of the top 40 best outside linebackers in the class by all four databases
  • Strong senior season with 185 tackles, including 10 sacks, five fumbles forced and four fumbles recovered
  • Also had a great junior season with 123 tackles, 10 sacks, five fumbles forced, three fumbles returned for touchdowns and 27 tackles for loss
  • Was named to Big 22 Class of 2014, which honors the best 22 players in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Named first-team All-Ohio Division IV as a junior and senior
  • Was 2014 Division IV Defensive Player of the Year
  • Started at linebacker and tailback in his two years at Cardinal Mooney
  • Head coach was P.J. Fecko
  • Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Reynoldsburg HS in Columbus, Ohio, starting at running back both years
  • Also ran track two years at Reynoldsburg, competing in the 100- and 400-meter dashes
  • Played three years of basketball as a power forward
  • Picked Kentucky after considering Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and Oklahoma
  • Born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Son of Robert Jones and Vanessa Lang
  • Robert played defensive end at Ohio State during his collegiate days
  • Major is community and leadership development
Community Cats
  • Spent time with MLK Youth Leadership participants at a local church (2016)
  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)
Jordan Says
  • He wears No. 34 because he had that number in high school and it turned out to be his lucky number
  • His favorite part of game day is entertaining the fans
  • If he had a hashtag to describe himself it would be #gohard
  • The one thing he loves most about football is that it’s his go-to sport for stress
  • When he’s not on the field he enjoys watching “Jersey Shore”
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