DATONE WAYNE JONES

Defensive End

University of California, Los Angeles Bruins

#56

6:04.1-280

Compton, California

Compton High School

 

OVERVIEW

The fifth-year senior was having a quiet career before his breakout performance in 2012. After showing promise during his first season as a starter during his sophomore campaign, Jones suffered a right foot fracture during 2010 fall camp that forced him to sit out the entire season. He returned to action as a junior, extending his streak of 41 straight starting assignments before his eligibility ran out.

 

Jones is a respected team leader who has always received high marks for his character and work ethic from both the previous and present coaching staffs. But, it took the arrival of head coach Jim Mora for the left defensive end to blossom, as he not only received the Captain Don Brown Award (most improved player) and Kenneth S. Washington Award (outstanding senior), he was also invited to play in the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl.

 

Jones would close out his career ranked eleventh in school history with 36.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas had 41.0 stops-for-loss from 1998-2001. His nineteen stops for losses of 64 yards in 2012 tied Justin Hickman (2006) and Carnell Lake (1987) for the seventh-best season total in UCLA annals.

 

The Compton High School product decided to stay “close to home” when he enrolled at UCLA. At Compton High, he was rated the 15th-best defensive end in the nation by ESPN. A four-star prospect grade from both Rivals.com and Scout.com was the result of Jones recording 60 tackles with four sacks as a junior, followed by 91 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, nine quarterback pressures and three pass deflections in 2007.

 

Jones was named an All-American by Super Prep after his senior season. He also garnered All-State second-team honors from Cal-Hi Sports. The Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team member was also selected Moore League co-Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season.

 

Jones was a 238-pound rush end during his first season at UCLA in 2008. He appeared in the Bruins’ final ten games, playing behind Tom Blake on the left side, where he would earn two starting assignments during the second half of the schedule. He finished his rookie campaign with fifteen tackles, including ten solos.

 

In 2009, Jones earned Sophomore All-American honorable mention. He replaced Blake at left end, starting all thirteen contests. Having bulked up to 267 pounds during the off-season, he posted 30 tackles with four sacks and had eleven stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused two fumbles and deflected three passes for a unit that ranked third in the Pac-10 Conference, allowing opponents 334.0 yards per game.

 

When Jones returned to the field after missing the 2010 season, he measured in at 275 pounds, assuming his duties at left defensive end. The Ted Hendricks Award Watch List member also slid inside to tackle on passing situations, finishing the year with 41 tackles that included three sacks among his 6.5 stops-for-loss.

 

 

 

With Jim Mora taking over as the Bruins’ head coach for the 2012 season, Jones had a banner campaign. He picked up All-American and All-Pac 12 Conference accolades while starting all fourteen games. He not only produced 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks, but ranked 20th in the nation with a career-best nineteen stops behind the line of scrimmage.

 

Jones added to his resume with two forced fumbles, as he also blocked two kicks and while playing on offense blocking in short yardage situations, he even scored on a 7-yard reception vs. Houston. But, it was his stellar performance during the week-long practices in Mobile, Alabama, preparing for the Senior Bowl that solidified his ranking with the draft’s elite defensive end prospects.

 

As soon as Jones stepped on the practice field for the first scrimmages, he showed off his excellent short-area burst coming off the edge, winning almost all of his one-on-one battles with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Because he had lined up all over the defensive line in college, his scheme versatility made him an attractive prospect for hybrid defenses in the National Football League.

 

While he has a very quick short area burst, Jones is better served coming off the edge and making plays on the move rather than waiting for the action to come to him. He has very good balance, body control and quickness off the snap. He also demonstrates impressive leverage strength and a solid frame. He displays proper knee bend when pass rushing off the edge and the burst to close on the quarterback. He also uses his long arms effectively to reach and separate.

 

When he is isolated or coming off the edge, Jones has that exceptional ability to get off the ball and gain instant penetration. His strong and active hand usage (rip and swim moves) allows him to easily beat isolated blocks, demonstrating a powerful arm cross over move to break free.

 

Jones plays with a lot of effort and urgency in his pursuit. He is a classic wrap-up tackler who does a nice job to anchor, staying low in his pads. He can stack, shed, extend and slide to make the plays on the corner. He is very slippery at the line with his rip and swim moves, making it difficult for the offensive tackles to make a reach block on him.

 

Against the pass, Jones can simply explode off the ball and into the backfield. He has very good body control and hand usage to avoid blocks and work around them to put pressure on the pocket. Under Jim Mora’s guidance, he developed an array of moves and can be effective with all of them. He is fluid with his above average redirect ability and has more than enough quickness to pressure the pocket regularly.

 

One area Jones has made marked improvement is flushing out the quarterback and pressuring the pocket. He is strong enough to play off blocks when working inside and can deliver a “knockout blow” on the quarterback when coming off the edge. He has sudden moves to close and his initial step will generally beat the slower blockers off the snap.

 

CAREER NOTES

Jones started 43 of the 51 games he played in at left defensive end for UCLA, including a string of 41 consecutive assignments at the end of his career…Finished with 148 tackles (90 solos) that included 13.5 sacks for minus 74 yards, three pressures, a fumble recovery, four forced fumbles, five pass deflections and two blocked kicks…His 36.5 stops for losses totaling 130 yards rank eleventh on the school all-time record list and are the most recorded by a Bruin since Robert Thomas had 41.0 stops-for-loss from 1998-2001.

 

 

 

2012 SEASON

Jones earned All-American third-team and All-Pac 12 Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report…Earned the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Defense and the Captain Don Brown Award for Most Improved Player at the annual team awards banquet…Named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, he was also selected to play in the Senior Bowl collegiate all-star game…Jones started all fourteen games at left end, but the staff used him often at a variety of positions on the front wall and he was also utilized as a blocker on offense in short-yardage situations…Recorded a career-high 62 tackles (45 solos), as he ranked second on the team with 6.5 sacks for minus 39 yards…Posted a pair of quarterback pressures, as he caused a fumble, blocked two kicks and registered a safety…Finished fifth in the conference and second on the team with nineteen stops for losses of 64 yards, tying Carnell Lake (1987) and Justin Hickman (2006) for seventh on the school season-record chart…Caught a touchdown pass vs. Houston while playing offense in a short-yardage situation…Credited with forcing a safety vs. Nebraska…Made six tackles in the season opener at Rice, including two sacks… Had three tackles for loss vs. both Nebraska and Houston…Produced a career-best nine tackles at Arizona State and was in on 1.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage at Washington State, where he also blocked a kick…Registered two stops for loss in each contest vs. Stanford (regular season and then in the Pac-12 title clash)…Added five tackles that included 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and an assisted sack in the Holiday Bowl vs. Baylor.

 

2011 SEASON

Jones made a triumphant return to the gridiron after missing the 2010 campaign and immediately reclaimed his left defensive end starting job…Went on to record 41 tackles (23 solos), adding three sacks, 6.5 stops for losses of 16 yards and two pass break-ups…

Named to the Hendricks Award watch list, his first game since 2009 saw the junior post two tackles at Houston, followed by three stops vs. San Jose State…Notched one tackle for loss vs. Texas and delivered four stops, including one sack, vs. Washington State… Registered five tackles, assisting on one for a loss at Arizona…Matched his season-best with six tackles vs. California and added a pair of sacks…Had three tackles at Utah and again vs. Arizona State…Posted three stops, including one for a loss vs. Colorado…Tallied three tackles at Southern California and had three more with a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Oregon…In the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, he delivered two tackles vs. Illinois.

 

2010 SEASON

Jones was sidelined by a fractured right foot during fall camp, as the August 10th injury forced him to sit out the entire season…Was listed on the pre-season Watch List for the Hendricks Award.

 

2009 SEASON

A Sophomore All-American honorable mention by College Football News, Jones took over left end duties, starting all thirteen games…Recorded 30 tackles (12 solos), four sacks for minus 28 yards, eleven stops for losses totaling 50 yards and a pressure…Deflected three passes, caused two fumbles and recovered another…One of his three stops at Tennessee was behind the line of scrimmage…Posted four tackles, a sack and a second tackle for loss vs. Kansas State…Credited with three tackles, including a sack on which he forced a fumble at Stanford…Both of his tackles vs. California came from behind the line of scrimmage…One of his three stops at Arizona was good for a loss, as he also forced and recovered a fumble on the first play of the second half…Credited with a five-yard sack, vs. Washington and added three tackles, including a 7-yard sack, in a 30-21 EagleBank Bowl win over Temple.

 

 

 

2008 SEASON

Originally scheduled to red-shirt, Jones did not play in the team’s first two games, but he was activated for the final ten contests, earning starting assignments at left defensive end vs. California and Oregon State…Finished with fifteen tackles (10 solos) and was named to the All-Pac 10 Conference Freshman Team by Rivals.com.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Jones suffered a broken bone in his right foot on August 10th in fall camp. He underwent surgery to insert a screw that now holds together his fifth metatarsal and was granted a medical hardship.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.80 in the 40-yard dash…1.72 10-yard dash…2.73 20-yard dash…4.32 20-yard shuttle…

7.32 three-cone drill…31 ½-inch vertical jump…9’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…32 1/8-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands…79-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Jones attended Compton (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Calvin Bryant…Rated the 15th-best defensive end in the nation by ESPN…Earned a four-star prospect grade from both Rivals.com and Scout.com…Recorded 60 tackles with four sacks as a junior, followed by 91 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, nine quarterback pressures and three pass deflections in 2007…Named an All-American by Super Prep after his senior season…Also garnered All-State second-team honors from Cal-Hi Sports…The Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team member was also selected Moore League co-Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season.

 

PERSONAL

History major…Member of the UCLA Director’s Honor Roll during the Winter 2009 and Spring 2009 semesters…Son of Shondra Hall and Anthony Jones…Born Datone Wayne Jones on 7/24/90 in Los Angeles, California…Resides in Compton, California.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2008 10 02 015  10  05  00  00  00  00.0-00   00  00.0-00    00
2009 13 13 030  12  18  01  02  00  11.0-50   03  04.0-28    01
2011 14 14 041  23  18  00  00  00  06.5-16   02  03.0-07    00
2012 14 14 062  45  17  00  02  00  19.0-64   00  06.5-39    02
TOTAL 51 43 148  90  58  01  04  00  36.5-130   05  13.5-74    03

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2012  01        07 07.00  01    07

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Blocked two kicks – one each vs. California and Washington State in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JONES GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Rice 08/30/12 at Rice 49-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

2

11

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

Nebraska 09/08/12 Nebraska 36-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 09/15/12 Houston 37-6

Yes

1

7

1

0

4

0

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 09/22/12 Oregon St. 20-27

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 09/29/12 at Colorado 42-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 10/06/12 at California 17-43

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

1

11

0

1

11

0

0

0

1

Utah 10/13/12 Utah 21-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 10/27/12 at ASU 45-43

Yes

0

0

0

3

6

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 11/03/12 Arizona 66-10

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 11/10/12 at WSU 44-36

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

USC 11/17/12 USC 38-28

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 11/24/12 Stanford 17-35

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

2

8

0

1

7

0

1

0

0

Stanford 11/30/12 at Stanford 24-27

Yes

0

0

0

1

6

0

2

4

0

1

3

0

0

1

0

Baylor 12/27/12 Baylor 26-49

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

1

1

3

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

7

1

17

45

2

18

64

1

5

31

0

1

2

2

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Houston 09/03/11 at Houston 34-38

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

San Jose St. 09/10/11 San Jose St. 27-17

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 09/17/11 Texas 20-49

Yes

0

1

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 09/24/11 at Oregon St. 27-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 10/01/11 at Stanford 19-45

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 10/08/11 Washington St. 28-25

Yes

0

4

0

1

1

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

Arizona 10/20/11 at Arizona 12-48

Yes

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 10/29/11 California 31-14

Yes

3

3

0

2

6

0

2

6

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 11/05/11 Arizona St. 29-28

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Utah 11/12/11 at Utah 6-31

Yes

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 11/19/11 Colorado 45-6

Yes

0

3

0

1

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

USC 11/26/11 at USC 0-50

Yes

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 12/02/11 at Oregon 31-49

Yes

3

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illinois 12/31/11 Illinois 14-20

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

18

23

1

6

16

0

3

7

2

0

0

0

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

San Diego St. 09/05/09 San Diego St. 33-14

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/12/09 at Tennessee 19-15

Yes

3

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Kansas St. 09/19/09 Kansas St. 23-9

Yes

1

3

0

2

20

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

Stanford 10/03/09 at Stanford 16-24

Yes

2

1

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

1

0

0

Oregon 10/10/09 Oregon 10-24

Yes

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 10/17/09 California 26-45

Yes

2

0

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 10/24/09 at Arizona 13-27

Yes

1

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Oregon St. 10/31/09 at Oregon St. 19-26

Yes

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 11/07/09 Washington 24-23

Yes

0

2

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 11/14/09 at Washington St. 43-7

Yes

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 11/21/09 Arizona St. 23-13

Yes

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 11/28/09 at USC 7-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Temple 12/29/09 at Temple 30-21

Yes

2

1

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

18

12

6

8

50

0

4

28

3

2

1

0

 

 

2008 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Tennessee 09/01/08 Tennessee 27-24

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BYU 09/13/08 at BYU 0-59

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 09/20/08 Arizona 10-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fresno St. 09/27/08 Fresno St. 31-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 10/04/08 Washington St. 28-3

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 10/11/08 at Oregon 24-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 10/18/08 Stanford 23-20

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 10/25/08 at California 20-41

Yes

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 11/08/08 Oregon St. 6-34

Yes

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 11/15/08 at Washington 27-7

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 11/28/08 at Arizona St. 9-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 12/06/08 USC 7-28

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

5

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

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