Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones will return for his senior season, SEC Country has learned. Jones’ return was expected, but there was speculation he might enter the NFL draft.
Jones’ return solves any lingering questions about Kentucky’s defense entering next season. He’ll be back for his senior year along with safety Mike Edwards and outside linebackers Josh Allen and Denzil Ware. All had decisions to make on whether to stay or declare for the draft.
After leading Kentucky in tackles in 2016, Jones missed four games in 2017 with a shoulder injury. He still finished fifth on the team with 64 tackles. He had 7.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
The Youngstown, Ohio native has 21 starts in his Kentucky career, but it’s been a career with both high and low points.
First, Jones was suspended from the spring game. Then a video surfaced after Kentucky’s Week 1 game against Southern Miss that showed Jones spitting in the direction of fans. Then against Louisville he was an instigator in a brawl when he tackled Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson.
With Jones returning, Kentucky will have 10 of 11 starters back on defense.