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Kentucky Football All-SEC LB Jordan Jones Named Preseason All-American

The junior linebacker was chosen for the Athlon Sports Third-Team All-American

NCAA Football: Austin Peay at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

UK’s All-SEC linebacker, Jordan Jones, was selected as a third team All American by Athlon Sports. Jordan, a junior from Youngstown, Ohio, had an outstanding year as a sophomore.

As a 6-2, 200-pound outside linebacker, Jordan led the SEC in solo tackles per game and had as many as 19 tackles in a single game. Here is a list of his on the field accomplishments from last season.

  • 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

Jordan has that “all out” intangible that drives his success and motivates his team. Reserve linebacker Eli Brown said this about Jordan, “You’ll never see Jordan loaf,.. “He’s gonna fly to the ball. Me, coming from high school, I ain’t gonna lie, man, I was lazy. And now just watching Jordan, I want to get to the ball just like him.”

Expect to see Jordan leading the defense again this season. As part of an outstanding group of linebackers this season he still has room to grow according to Coach Stoops.

Jordan has a great future as a linebacker. Expect to see him playing on Sunday after his days at UK are finished.