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2007 Football Roster

Tavares Jones

Class: Sr.
Position: DE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 242 pounds
Previous School: Swainsboro
Hometown: Swainsboro, GA

2007: Voted first team All-Sun Belt by the leagues coaches and media ... Also earned first team honors from Phil Steele Magazine and Rivals.com ... Started all 12 games ... Led the Blue Raiders in tackles with a career-best 61 ... Also added 9.5 tackles for loss, a team-high seven sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries ... Led all defensive linemen with 746 snaps played including a personal-best 100 against ULM ... Voted as one of the teams four permanent captains ... Named to Rotary Lombardi Watch List and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Watch List ... Voted the Most Dependable Defensive Linemen by the coaches following spring practice ... Had five stops in the Blue-White game ... Named preseason SBC all-conference ... Registered four tackles and a quarterback sack at FAU ... Tallied seven stops at Louisville and led all linemen with 78 total snaps played ... Turned in four tackles against No. 2 LSU ... Collected seven tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble against WKU ... Had two tackles and a pass breakup in win over FIU ... Added four tackles and a half sack against Virginia ... Shared the team lead with seven stops at Memphis to go with a fumble recovery ... Shared the team lead with six solo stops against Arkansas State to go along with two sacks ... Tallied four tackles, a pass breakup, and his first career interception (returned for 46 yards) at North Texas ... Had 1.5 sacks, three total tackles, and two quarterback hurries in win at ULM ... Registered seven tackles against ULL ... Had six stops, including two tackles for loss and a sack at Troy.

2006: Named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Started all 13 games at defensive end and enjoyed a career year for the Blue Raiders ... Had 38 total stops on the year to go along with career-bests in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (5.5) ... Also added two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup ... Made the move from linebacker to defensive end in the spring and impressed the coaching staff with his motor and work ethic ... Collected two tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in the Blue-White Spring Game ... Earned the Most Dependable Defensive Line award following spring drills ... Played 47 snaps (37 defense, 12 special team's) against FIU and had one tackle while earning a "winning performance" on defense from the coaches ... Had two stops at Maryland and earned another "winning performance" ... Also collected two tackles against Tennessee Tech on his way to a third straight "winning performance" ... Collected four tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery in 48 plays at Oklahoma ... Was awarded with a "winning performance" following the OU game ... Collected a career-best two sacks and five total tackles in win over North Texas and earned a "winning performance" for defense and special teams ... Had four tackles, a sack, and 1.5 tackles for loss against Louisville ... Collected five stops, including a tackle for loss in the win at Louisiana-Monroe to earn a "winning performance" ... Had a tackle and a fumble recovery at Louisiana-Lafayette to earn his second straight "winning performance" ... Had another "winning grade" against FAU after collecting four tackles to go along with a sack and a pass breakup ... Registered two stops and a tackle for loss in road win over Arkansas State ... Collected two tackles and a quarterback hurry at South Carolina ... Registered three tackles and a half sack against Troy and three stops versus Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl.

2005: Saw action in all 11 games, including one as a starter ... Had a total of 19 stops on the season to go with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup ... One of three players at the end of spring drills to win the team's Best Effort award ... Had one tackle against Alabama, North Texas, Vanderbilt, and FAU ... Registered four stops versus Akron ... Collected a tackle for loss at home against ULL ... Earned his first collegiate start at linebacker against Arkansas State and responded with two tackles and a pass breakup ... Credited with a career-best seven tackles at FIU in the season finale.

2004: Played in all 11 contests, almost exclusively on special teams ... Registered pair of tackles, both on kickoff returns, one each against Florida Atlantic and in season finale at Troy.

High School: Voted first team Class 3A all-state as a tight end in 2003 after leading Swainsboro to a 10-1-2 record and a No. 3 ranking ... Savannah Morning News first team all-area ... The Augusta Chronicle first team all-area ... Was all-region as a junior and senior ... Selected to play in the GACA All-Star game ... Was written up in the Augusta Chronicle during the 2003 season as one of the "Area's Scariest Defenders" ... Led team with 167 hits and one interception ... Voted team's most valuable player ... In a big win over Appling, Jones recorded 15 tackles, an interception, and two fumble recoveries ... Also played basketball (first team all-region as a junior) and track ... Played football for Coach Shane Williamson.

Personal: Parents: Willie and Sabrina Dawson and Lillie Jones ... Born: 3/30/86 ... Major: Psychology.

Tackles UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT
2004 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0
2005 10 9 19 0-0 1-2 0 0
2006 22 16 38 5.5-38 9.5-43 2 0
2007 44 17 61 7.0-57 9.5-60 1 1-46
Total 78 42 120 12.5-95 19.5-105 3 1-46

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