LB Mike Jones Jr.'s 2022 Player Profile

LB Mike Jones Jr.’s 2022 Player Profile

Going into the 2022 football season, LSU Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Tigers roster.

Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for Brian Kelly this season.

Next on the list is an upperclassmen linebacker who is likely to start and could see a leading role on the defense in Mike Jones Jr. A transfer from Clemson who appeared in all 13 games last season, Jones could be poised for a breakout season during his second campaign in Baton Rouge.

Mike Jones Jr. Preseason Player Profile

Hometown: Nashville, TN

HT: 6-0

wt: 232

247Sports Composite Ranking

Four Stars | No. 36 in Florida | No. 15 Outside Linebacker

Class in 2021: Sophomore

Career Stats

year G Total Solo TFL Bags FF DB INT
2018 (Clemson) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 (Clemson) 15 19 12 4 0 1 1 0
2020 (Clemson) 10 26 13 4 0.5 1 4 2
2021 (USL) 13 34 14 2.5 1 0 1 0

PFF Grades

year Defense Run Defense Tackling Pass Rushing Coverage
2018 77.8 60.5 77.0 77.3
2019 72.3 78.1 74.6 73.5 64.9
2020 77.9 53.6 33.3 69.0 90.2
2021 60.1 63.0 69.3 60.7 55.3

Depth Chart Overview

A former blue-chip recruit from the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, by way of Nashville, Tennessee, Jones had high expectations from Day 1 when he signed with the Clemson Tigers.

After appearing in just three games in his first season in 2018, he saw action in all 15 during the 2019 season (including against LSU in the national championship, in which he played on special teams). He saw a much larger role during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, starting seven of 10 games he appeared in.

He was fantastic in coverage that year, registering an elite grade from Pro Football Focus with four pass breakups and two picks. He transferred to LSU the following offseason, and he had a bit of a disappointing first campaign.

He registered a career-high in tackles (34) and tackling grade from PFF (77.8) but he struggled quite a bit in coverage and started just five games despite appearing in all of them. Still, he’s in a good position to start this season.

With Damone Clark out, LSU will likely turn toward Jones and Greg Penn III for starting reps, though players like Micah Baskerville and West Weeks can’t be ignored, either.

Mike Jones Jr.’s Photo Gallery

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