Jones has also followed in Taylor’s footsteps with a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award.
That organization honored an App State defender for the second time in the past three seasons, as Jones’ three interceptions and two pick-six TDs were a highlight in a 48-14 victory against the Red Wolves. In 2019, Taylor received the same honor from the Nagurski Trophy after becoming the first FBS player in this millennium with 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception in same game (a 34-31 victory against North Carolina).
Jones’ returns of 47 and 34 yards, sandwiched around a leaping interception at the goal line, gave the first-year starter from Rockingham three pick-six TDs and four total interceptions over the last two games. With five interceptions this season, Jones and South Carolina’s Jaylan Foster are tied for first place nationally.