October 7, 2011

Hard work pays off for Jones

Mississippi State has only sent three true freshmen onto the field so far this season. But the one who has made the biggest impact has been defensive tackle P.J. Jones.

Jones has appeared in every game this season for the Bulldogs and already earned one start. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder has made four tackles, broke up one pass and recovered a fumble during his rookie campaign so far.

"I'm warming up to the game and adjusting to the speed of college," Jones said. "It's hard work but game day is something else. There ain't nothing like all those fans cheering."

Jones was MSU's highest rated signee in the 2011 class but was not promised anything more than an opportunity to play as a freshmen if he went out and earned the job during fall camp. And that's exactly what he did.

"From the time I committed, Coach (Chris) Wilson and I sat down to talk about where I'd be playing," Jones said. "He told me basically it was up to me if I came in and worked hard. I had to earn it with him. He's a great coach and pushes you hard. You've just got to come to work every day."

The Tupelo, Miss., native credits Wilson with his quick development and strong work ethic.

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