With the loss of defensive backs Cody Davis and D.J. Johnson, who contributed a combined 191 tackles, from a season ago, the Red Raiders needed someone to step up and fill their shoes.
So far in 2013, a guy that was lower on the final total tackle list from last season has started to make a difference in his senior season in multiple ways, as Bruce Jones has become a shutdown corner.
Jones, a senior, has already recorded 11 tackles and broken up three pass attempts through four games this season.
"He's done a great job," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Got his hands on a bunch of balls, I know he's caused two fumbles. He's a guy who in the spring really started stepping up and had a great fall camp. And he's a senior, seen a lot, made a bunch of plays, so he's kind of a veteran corner that's been around and we expect that type of play. And he's lived up to it."
Last season Jones finished with 31 tackles and seven pass breakups.
Before playing his first season with the Red Raiders in 2012, Jones turned in a good junior college career at Riverside Community College.
In 2011, Jones registered 31 tackles and notched four interceptions for 158 yards and 12 pass breakups.
After getting his first season in the red and black under his belt, Kingsbury said he expects big things out of the junior college transfer this season – his second season with the Red Raiders.
"A lot of times you see the light turn on," he said. "I've been around guys that the first year they're kind of figuring it out and that second year they say 'hey I can do this'. I think he falls into that category because he's had a really great year so far."
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