UT Football BIO
8 Elijah Jones
Listed at No. 1 at defensive tackle in preseason depth chart.
Third on UT defensive line with 31 tackles...Second on team with 7.5 TFL...Tied for team lead with two forced fumbles and two QB hurries...Career-high six tackles to go with 1.5 TFL and two QB hurries vs. EMU...Started eight games...Moved into starting defensive tackle roll vs. BGSU on Sept. 15, replacing injured Danny Farr...Had career-best 3.0 TFL vs. Wyoming...Returned interception 16 yards vs. Wyoming.
Played in all 13 games, with one start against Central Michigan...Finished with 23 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss...Season-high five tackles with one TFL vs. Air Force in Military Bowl...Four tackles vs. Temple.
Played in nine games...Six tackles, 3.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks...Both sacks came in win vs. Kent State...Recovered a fumble in win vs. Purdue.
Rated No. 95 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...Rivals.com rated him a three-star recruit, No. 1 defensive tackle in the state and No. 14 player in the state overall...Honorable mention all-state, helping Warren Central High School to 5A state championship...Defensive line MVP at Champaign NIKE Camp in 2009...As a senior, had 66 tackles, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles...As a junior, had 47 tackles, seven sacks and eight forced fumbles...Selected to play in Indiana North-South All-Star Game....High school coach was John Hart.
Full name is Elijah Pernell Jones...Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1991...Parents are Pernell and Patricia Jones...Has seven brothers and sisters...Criminal justice major.
Career Game Highs
Tackles: 6 (Eastern Michigan, 10-13-12)
Tackles for loss: 3.0 (Wyoming, 9-8-12)