Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones will be playing in the 65th Senior Bowl on January 25 at 4:00pm EST in Mobile, Alabama. The game will be televised by the NFL Network. Fellow seniors John Urschel and Glenn Carson accepted offers to play in another of the senior all-star games, the East-West Shrine Game.
Jones is the 20th Penn State player to play in the Senior Bowl over the past 10 years. The talented lineman follows in the footsteps of former Penn State standout defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who played in the game last season.
The college all-star games are a chance for seniors to show off in front of NFL scouts in an effort to land a job next year.
The senior defensive lineman had a good finish to his collegiate career, earning a selection on the All-Big Ten first team. Jones was a force in the middle of the line, showing a knack for getting to the opposition behind the line of scrimmage. He led the Nittany Lions this season with 11.5 tackles for loss. He recorded 56 total tackles and three sacks. Jones greatly improved upon his 22 total tackles in 2012.
Jones was an important part of the defense the past two years, starting 23 games. Like his fellow seniors, he had to play under the difficult circumstances and the NCAA sanctions at Penn State. Jones was free to leave the school the last two years, but like many players, chose to be loyal to the school and its football program.
Despite not being able to go to a bowl game, the Nittany Lions have had two successful seasons under head coach Bill O’Brien, winning 15 total games. Several players have already been recognized with postseason honors, and more are likely to follow.
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