One key piece to the Kentucky football defense returned to practice earlier this week, as Jacquez Jones returned to the field after a two-week absence due to an ankle injury. The news was first reported by Nick Roush of KSR.
Jones, an Ole Miss transfer, has played in 33 games while recording a total of 182 tackles in his career. He was also the leading tackler for the Rebels last season with 75.
Defensive coordinator Brad White spoke about the senior linebacker earlier this week and expects him to bounce back quickly.
“Coming off an injury, those guys tend to...once they get healthy, the game speed and understanding our playbook, I do not see being an issue.”
In his first season with the program, Jones is projected to be the starter at the mike-linebacker position with freshman Trevin Wallace expected to be his backup. However, Wallace has been impressing in fall camp while Jones has been sidelined, so don’t be surprised if this becomes a timeshare early on.
With only nine days left until kickoff, don’t be shocked to not see a ton of Jones in Week 1 against Louisiana Monroe, but as White points out, once he gets back to 100%, don’t expect him to look like he has missed a beat.