Saban names Travis Jones asst. coach

Travis Jones, a former standout defensive lineman at Georgia, has been named an assistant football coach at LSU, head coach Nick Saban announced on Monday.

Jones will work with the defense at LSU and he joins the Tigers staff after serving as an assistant coach at Kansas for the past two years. Jones coached the defensive line for the Jayhawks in 2001 and last year, he handled the Kansas defensive ends.

"We're excited to have Travis join our staff," Saban said. "He's proven to be an outstanding coach as well as a tremendous recruiter. Having played and coached in the SEC, Travis knows what it takes to be successful in this league and I think he's going to be a great addition to an already very talented coaching staff."

While at Kansas, Jones coached Nate Dwyer, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, to First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2001.

Prior to his two-year stint at Kansas, Jones spent three years as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Appalachian State. During his three years at Appalachian State, the Mountaineers advanced to the I-AA playoffs each year. He also coached three All-Southern Conference linebackers, including Joe Best, who was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award in 2000, which goes to the I-AA Defensive Player of the Year.

Jones began his coaching career at Georgia in 1997, coaching the defensive line for the 10-2 Bulldogs. Georgia finished the 1997 season with a 10-2 overall mark and beat Wisconsin, 33-6, in the Outback Bowl.

A 1995 graduate of Georgia, Jones also worked as an NCAA Compliance assistant as well as an academic counselor at his alma mater. Jones earned a master's degree from Georgia in 1998.

As a player, Jones was a four-year letterwinner for Georgia leading the Bulldogs to the Independence Bowl in 1991 and the Citrus Bowl in 1993. Jones started at defensive end at Georgia his last two seasons and as a senior, he was selected the defensive team captain.

Jones was selected by the Baltimore Stallions in the 1995 Canadian Football League draft. He played one season in the CFL and then joined the Florida Bobcats of the Arena League for one year in 1996.

A native of Irwinton, Ga., Jones is married to the former Melody Barden.

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