Devin Jones Working A New Position

The versatile Devin Jones, a junior who has played just about everywhere on the defensive line for Mississippi State during his two-year career, is working at a new position this spring, defensive end.

Jones has worked at nose guard and defensive tackle during his first two years at State and has done well, recording 28 total tackles during his career. But defensive line coach/defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has decided Jones might be a better fit for the defensive end position, a position he is working at this spring.

"Coach Wilson said he felt I earned the chance," said Jones, who has recorded 6.5 tackles (including 3.5 sacks) behind the line of scrimmage during his career. "He said he was going to try me out in the spring to see how I do."

As for which position he likes better, Jones has no preference.

"I can't tell you which one I like better," said the 6-0, 270-pounder, who has played in 24 games during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. "I'm like a kid in a candy store, you just can't choose. I just love them both"

As you would expect from someone working at a new position, Jones has a few things to learn.

"I have some things to work on but I'm making progress," said the junior defensive lineman who had a career high of four tackles against Alcorn State and Kentucky his sophomore season. "I can always work on getting off the line of scrimmage. Also, my hand placement. When I go up against an offensive lineman on my pass rush I want to make sure my hand placement is right and make sure my eyes are on him and not in the backfield."

As for whether he will stick at defensive end or move back to the defensive tackle position, that's up to his coach.

"It's just up to Coach Wilson if that is where he wants me," said Jones, who played his high school football at Desoto Central High School in Southaven, Mississippi.

But Jones will give it 100% effort this spring and let the cards fall where they may.

"Anything Coach Wilson thinks I can do good at and help the team, I'm going to try hard to do it," said Devin Jones, not only one of the hardest workers on the team but also one of the strongest players. "I just want to help the team."

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