Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA;Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman Chris Jones (96) tries to knock down the pass by South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) during the third quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Top MSU Football Story #3: Chris Jones Delivers

Chis Jones must be an X-Man. Why? Everyone always refers to him as Beast!

Sorry, bad jokes are my specialty.

Chris Jones’ specialty is wreaking havoc on the opposing team’s offensive line and quarterback. The most obvious flaw from the 2012 version of the Mississippi State Bulldogs was the lack of a big time pass rush. Bulldog fans hoped desperately that the highly sought after recruit would fill that hole. Boy did he ever.

Jones led the team in Tackles for Loss, Quarterback Hurries, and Sacks. Throw in three pass break ups and three pass deflections and you have a complete performance from the true Freshman.

The level of play by Jones was important not only on the field, but also off the field. It’s safe to assume that Jones is the highest rated prospect to ever don the Maroon and White. But he will forever be linked to Robert Nkemdiche, the no. 1 prospect from that class, simply because they both play for opposing bitter rivals. After Hugh Freeze signed his historic recruiting class to Oxford, Mississippi State felt very good about their own class, though not as highly rated. Jones was the crown jewel of that class.  Bulldog fans wanted to show that their own top prospect was the real deal.

If you compare stats, Jones had a better year. He edged Nkemdiche in almost every statistical category. The most important thing to remember though when talking about their contributions is what Jones brought to this team, and that was a relentless desire to get after the quarterback. That was never displayed better during the LSU game in which Jones completely flattened an LSU lineman to get to Mettenberger.

Jones is a special player. He was desperately needed to make an immediate impact, and he did just that. The only downside to the way Jones plays? We probably only get to watch him in a Bulldog uniform for two more years.

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