Jones Earns Cowher's Praise
Jones has proven his versatility to the Nittany Lions football team over the previous four seasons. During his rookie campaign, playing in every game on 452 snaps, Jones made eight starts in his first season on the field. During the 1999 season, having made a successful transition from defensive tackle to end, Jones played in every game. But, as is often the case, situations arise when someone needs to fill in and get the job done at another position. Due to the injuries that occurred within the Penn State defensive front, Bobby was again asked to move back inside for the benefit of the defense. He continued to play well and was a consistent leader for the Nittany Lions. In 2000, Jones recorded 30 tackles (22 solo) and tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, coming up with loose balls against Indiana and Illinois. Jones was also named as a recipient of the Frank Patrick Total Commitment Award for his overall dedication to the football program during the 2000 spring session. During his senior season at Penn State Bobby continued to play well and lead on and off the field, which resulted in a much-deserved invitation to the 2002 Hula Bowl. In addition to his contributions on the defensive side of the ball, Bobby handled all of Penn States long snapping duties and was a significant contributor on many special teams. In January 2001, Jones joined the Penn State wrestling team after a four-year absence from the mat and led the Lions with 36 dual meet points and nine dual meet wins, recording three falls. He earned a berth in the NCAA Championships and finished with a 12-13 record. Bobby became the first heavyweight in 30 years to win two consecutive state titles.
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