Jones Expecting Senior Day Win

P.J. Jones cut his teeth as a Bulldog pup as a true freshman in the SEC. While many others were redshirting, Jones was learning how to adjust to life with the big boys on the fly. Four years later, Jones is in a position to see Mississippi State achieve things no other Bulldog team has done before. The Tupelo, Mississippi native will play his final home game as a Bulldog this Saturday.

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"I'm kind of sad," said Jones. "It's been a long journey. I can't believe it's going to be my final game in Davis Wade Stadium. It truly does go by fast, in the blink of an eye.

"From the first time I got on campus, until coming up here Saturday, it's my last game. I just have to try to take it all in a little bit at a time."

Jones has spent four years on the Bulldog grind. While many others were able to redshirt and get up to SEC playing speed as a redshirt, Jones was tasked with duty his first fall in Starkville.

"I don't have any regrets about any of that," said Jones. "It was a learning experience for me watching Fletcher (Cox) and (Josh) Boyd and all of those guys before me.

"It would have been nice to develop, because it was rough. Not too many people can say they were playing as a true freshman in the trenches at defensive tackle in the SEC at such a young age.

"I did it and I did my best. I feel like I developed into a pretty good player. I wouldn't change anything."

Like Jones, Mississippi State football has grown up a great deal in the past four years. The talented big man reflects on just how far it's all come in his time on campus.

"When I first got on campus, this building wasn't even here," said Jones with a chuckle as he referenced the Leo Seal Jr. center. "There is just so much that has changed from the stadium to this building. We've come a long way.

"I was a part of building all of that and it's kind of special to me."

The Bulldogs, 9-1, have a chance to win 10 regular season games for the first time in school history with a win over Vanderbilt this weekend.

That benchmark is just one of many for the 2014 Bulldogs who earned the program's first ever #1 ranking in every major poll including the first ever college football playoff poll.

"The big man upstairs, He blessed us," said Jones in a moment of reflection. "We came together. We have a group of guys who believe in each other and believe in the coaches. It's just our time. I feel like it's really our time to do something special. This is going to be a good year and we still have a lot of ball left to play."

Vanderbilt will provide the opposition this weekend as the Bulldogs look to remain in the hunt for both the SEC West crown and a shot at a national championship.

"I respect all of my opponents," said Jones. "I think they have played pretty well and I feel like everybody still has a target on us. We're still the #4 team in the country, so they're going to try to come in here and ruin senior day for me. That's not going to happen, because I am going to get me a win, I have to.

"They are pretty good up front, pretty big, but that's the SEC. Everybody is big and physical."

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