Jones and Mississippi State are assuredly about to see one of those. Not just any SEC squad either, but #8-ranked LSU…and on their not-so-welcoming home field at that. But is sophomore defensive tackle Jones a touch intimidated?
Absolutely the opposite. “It excites me. Because you want to see where you’re at. I look forward to that.”
That might come across as bold talk from a still-young Bulldog, both for himself and for a program that hasn’t won this annual inter-state squabble since 1999. When Jones as all of five years old and likely had no clue what ‘State’ or ‘LSU’ meant. He’s learned lots since of course and dipped his toe—or stuck his facemask rather—into the action a year ago on Scott Field.
A season’s seasoning later Jones intends to make better Bulldog things happen in the rematch. And forecasts for a classic collision-based contest, that’s just music to his d-line Dog ears. “It’s going to be a brutal game, a hard-nosed game. They’re going to be a physical team and we feel we have the team to match it.”