Clemson LB leaving the program
TigerNet has spoken with former Clemson linebacker Kellen JonesKellen Jones
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"Yeah. He is really excited about graduating and living in another city for grad school," Jones told TigerNet. "He is proud to be graduating form Clemson with his degree in Economics. Moving on to a new city on his own and starting graduate school has him thrilled beyond words. He has had a lot of fun as a Clemson student athlete. He especially enjoyed the professors and support staff in the Economic Department. Kellen said it was awesome playing for Coach Swinney and their one on one meetings about life were equally awesome. Kellen wishes nothing but the best for his Tiger teammates. A very special thanks and God Bless to his "uncle" JD/Jeff Davis. Also thanks and God Bless James Trapp for helping him spiritually, their conversations were thought provoking and very beneficial to all of us."
Jones has one year of eligibility remaining, and played at Oklahoma one season before transferring to Clemson. In 2014, Jones had 29 tackles and one caused fumble in 120 snaps over 13 games.
Official Clemson bio: 2014: Had 29 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and one caused fumble in 139 snaps over 13 games ... had five tackles in 18 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had a team-high seven tackles in 32 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had a team-high two special teams tackles at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20 ... had five tackles and a caused fumble in 29 snaps against NC State on Oct. 4 ... had a team-high two special teams tackles at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... had two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in six snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had three tackles in 22 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29.
2013: Had 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one quarterback pressure in 37 snaps over three games ... had a team-high 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in 33 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... suffered a torn ACL at NC State on Sept. 19 ... had a 44-yard interception return in the Spring Game.
2012: Redshirted ... sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.
Before Clemson: Played one season (2011) at Oklahoma, where he played 12 games (every game except the Kansas State contest) and had 10 tackles as a backup linebacker and special teams contributor under Head Coach Bob Stoops ... had two tackles apiece against Texas Tech, Baylor and Iowa State ... played in the Insight Bowl against Iowa ... played under current Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables at Oklahoma ... originally signed with Michigan ... No. 12 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com in 2010 out of St. Pius X High School ... No. 29 inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... No. 39 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN ... No. 69 player in Texas by Rivals.com ... had 110 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 18 quarterback pressures, three caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt in 11 games as a senior ... had 75 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, six sacks, 17 quarterback pressures, three caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles, one interception, four blocked punts, two blocked field goals and two touchdowns in nine games as a junior ... first-team all-state and all-district as a junior and senior ... district player-of-the-year as a senior ... selected to participate for the United States U-19 National Team in the U.S. vs. World team competition ... coached by Jason Kimball at St. Pius X High.
Personal: Majoring in economics ... born Feb. 1, 1993.
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