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#54 Byran Jones
Position: DT
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 318
Year: Senior
City/State: Junction City, Ark.
High School: Junction City HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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Byran Jones
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/20/2011

CAREER SUMMARY: Jones has appeared in 35 games with 29 starts and recorded 122 tackles, including 10.5 for loss with 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

2012: Jones saw action in all 12 games and made 11 starts. He finished the season with 52 tackles, including 5.0 for loss with 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He registered a career-high seven tackles, including 0.5 sack, and added one quarterback hurry at Mississippi State. He opened the season with four tackles, 0.5 for loss, and one blocked field goal in a 49-24 victory vs. Jacksonville State. He made six tackles vs. ULM and made six again the next week, including 0.5 for loss, vs. No. 1 Alabama. He registered four tackles, 0.5 for loss, vs. Rutgers and made three tackles the next week at Texas A&M. He recorded four tackles and one quarterback hurry in a 24-7 win at Auburn. He made five tackles in the 49-7 win vs. Kentucky. He recorded three tackles, 1.0 sack for a loss of 15 yards, and one quarterback hurry vs. Ole Miss. He recorded one tackle, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery, which sealed a 19-15 victory vs. Tulsa with 41 seconds remaining in the game. He made six tackles, including a career-high 2.0 for loss, at No. 12 South Carolina and wrapped up the season with three tackles vs. No. 8 LSU.

2011: He started all 13 games and recorded 47 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and 1.0 sack, and two quarterback hurries. His tackles total was the most among defensive linemen and ranked eighth among all Razorbacks. He opened the season with a career-high six tackles in the 51-7 win vs. Missouri State and tied his career high with six stops, including 0.5 for loss, at No. 3 Alabama. He made three tackles in a 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico and the next week registered two tackles in a 38-28 win vs. Troy. He registered three tackles in the come-from-behind 42-38 victory vs. No. 14 Texas A&M. The next week, he collected five tackles, 1.0 for loss, in a 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn. He made one tackle in the 29-24 win at Ole Miss and three the next week in a 31-28 victory at Vanderbilt. He recorded two tackles, including 1.0 for loss, in the 44-28 win vs. No. 10 South Carolina. He registered four tackles and one quarterback hurry in a 49-7 win vs. Tennessee. He made five tackles, including 1.0 for loss, in the 44-17 win vs. Mississippi State. At No. 1 LSU, he made five tackles and had one quarterback hurry. He made two tackles, including 1.0 sack, to help Arkansas defeat No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

2010: He appeared in 10 games with five starts for the Razorbacks and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He finished the season with 23 tackles, 1.0 for loss, despite not playing at No. 18 South Carolina, vs. UTEP or in the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State due to an injury. Jones recorded a season-high five tackles in his collegiate debut, helping Arkansas open the season with a 44-3 win vs. Tennessee Tech. He made three tackles in Arkansas' 31-7 victory vs. ULM. He collected four tackles vs. No. 1 Alabama in his first career start. He also earned a start and made four tackles in UA's 24-17 victory vs. Texas A&M. In his start at No. 7 Auburn, Jones made three tackles. He recorded one tackle as a starter in UA's 38-24 victory vs. Ole Miss. He was injured in the Razorbacks' 49-14 win vs. Vanderbilt and missed the next two games. He returned to make one full tackle for loss in Arkansas' 38-31 double-overtime win at No. 22 Mississippi State, and he made one tackle in his final start of the season, a 31-23 win vs. No. 6 LSU.

HIGH SCHOOL: A coveted defensive tackle, Jones helped lead Junction City to back-to-back 2A state championships as he was named the MVP of the title game during his junior and senior seasons. He was ranked as the No. 19 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 2 recruit in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com. Jones was a first-team all-state selection in 2009, and he was selected to play in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association East-West Shrine game. The Dragons earned the state title by defeating Bearden both seasons and in 2009 Jones finished the game with six tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. As a senior, he had 97 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and four fumble recoveries. He had 98 tackles as a junior, 102 as a sophomore and 53 tackles as a freshman. Jones was coached at Junction City by David Carpenter and he also played offensive tackle for the Dragons. He was a three-time state champion in the shot put and also played basketball. He was also recruited by Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Baylor.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 8, 1991, he is the son of Otis and Kathy Jones. He is majoring in sociology.


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