Last season, Jones ranked among the top defensive tackles in Division I football, earning All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America. Jones was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year this past season after posting 42 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, to lead the Falcons to an 8-5 record, a 6-2 MAC mark and a berth in the Military Bowl.
Jones was training at school in preparation for the NFL draft when he received the invitation to participate in the combine in late January. The 6-2, 302-pound native of Brownsburg, Ind., went to the IMG Academy in Brandenton, Fla., for three weeks to prepare for the combine. - John Wagner, The Toledo Blade
12/27/2012 - Bowling Green (8-4) won six of its last seven games to finish second in the Mid-American Conference's East Division behind 8-0 Kent State. The Falcons suffered a 31-24 loss to MAC champion Kent State on Nov. 17 but concluded the regular season with a 21-7 victory over Buffalo. "They're a very hot football team," San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre said. "It'll be a very, very tough test for us."
Kent State was only the second team to score 30 points against Bowling Green this season. The Falcons are ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 15.8 points per game. They are seventh in total defense and pass defense. They led the MAC in rushing defense, pass defense, pass-defense efficiency, scoring defense, total defense and sacks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Chris Jones has been a force all season on the way to being named Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year. Jones ranks third in the country with 12.5 sacks and is tied for seventh in the nation in tackles for loss with 19. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: DT - Chris Jones, senior, Bowling Green...Jones currently ranks fourth in the nation with 12.5 sacks and is tied for eighth with 19.0 tackles for loss, both career-bests for the defensive tackle. Jones added 41 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five quarterback hurries and a pass break-up. He had a sack in 8-of-12 games and recorded a tackle for loss in 10 contests. - Bowling Green football
12/03/2012 - 2012 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Down Lineman - Chris Jones, Bowling Green, has been selected First Team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2012 college football season. Jones is the first Falcon to earn MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors since Vince Palko did so in 1993 and 1994. The only other Falcon to accomplish this feat was Phil Villapiano in 1970. The senior ranks third in the country with 12.5 sacks and seventh in tackles for loss and added 41 tackles in 2012.
Jones was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week three different times, recording five tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss versus Idaho, added four tackles and two sacks at Toledo and had five stops, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in a win versus Miami. Jones also anchored a defense that ranks seventh in the nation in total defense, allowing just 289.7 yards per game. They are seventh is pass defense (173.0), ninth in scoring (15.8) and 15th in rush defense (116.7). - Bowling Green football
11/28/2012 - 2012 MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green...Jones, a native of Brownsburg, Ind., was part of a Bowling Green team that finished 8-4 overall, 6-2 in conference play. Jones collected 41 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Jones led the MAC with 12.5 sacks and ranked and tied for third in the nation, while his 19 tackles for loss ranked second in the conference and tied for seventh in the country. - MAC football
11/07/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Bowling Green at Ohio, Nov. 7 Bowling Green heads into November with all its goals, winning the Mid-American Conference East and getting to the MAC championship game in Detroit, still possible, but face a challenge at Ohio, which won its first seven games and was ranked in the Top 25. KEYS TO THE GAME: Bowling Green must be efficient and productive on offense. If the Falcons can control the time of possession and keep Ohio's offense off the field, that will make Bowling Green's defense that much more effective. PLAYERS TO WATCH: During its five-game winning streak, Bowling Green has given up only 33 points while allowing 243.4 yards per game in total offense, including 67.2 yards per game on the ground. While winning its last five games, Bowling Green is averaging 213.6 yards rushing per game. Before the season began, Ohio coach Frank Solich knew that whatever scheme his team faced he would have the big bodies up front capable of blocking it. Now, it's time to prove it. Ohio (8-1, 4-1 in the MAC) is back in control of its own destiny in the East race, but to stay there it has to get past Bowling Green (6-3, 4-1 MAC) in a Wednesday night showdown. The Falcons have distinguished themselves in 2012 with the conference's best defense. "They have a lot of things going for them on that side of the ball," Solich said. The Falcons lead the MAC by allowing only 15.2 points per game and by giving up but 290.0 yards per game. Bowling Green is the best in the MAC against the run, and the pass, and is second in the conference in sacks thanks to havoc-creating senior defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones leads the nation with 11 1/2 sacks and is second nationally with 16.0 tackles for losses. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bowling Green DT Chris Jones...Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsville, Ind.) had five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in the Falcons' 37-12 win over Miami, the Falcons first win over the RedHawks at home since 1997. Miami entered Saturday's contest averaging 24.8 points and 394.5 yards per game, but were limited to just 12 points (1 TD) and 256 total yards. Jones and the defense also held the RedHawks to just three yards rushing on 20 carries. - MAC football
09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bowling Green DT Chris Jones...Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had four tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Falcons' 27-15 loss to Toledo. Jones, who also added a forced fumble, was part of a Falcon defensive line that held Toledo to just 130 yards on the ground, 50 yards below their season average. - MAC football
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bowling Green DT Chris Jones...Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Falcons 21-13 win over Idaho. The senior defensive tackle managed his first sack, even while drawing a holding penalty on Idaho and later sacked Idaho's quarterback, helping the Falcon defense hold the Vandals to a field goal late in the first half. - MAC football
08/08/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: How Bowling Green's defense plays will be the major factor in how many wins the Falcons can produce. In six of eight Mid-American Conference games in 2011, Bowling Green allowed 27 or more points. Overall in conference games, BG allowed an average of 29.4 points per game last season thus putting a lot of pressure on the offense to produce The Falcons need to cut points allowed by at least a touchdown to have a chance this season. There is experience returning on defense led by all-conference performers Chris Jones at tackle and Dwayne Woods at linebacker. Both are seniors. Bowling Green is also building depth on defense, and head coach Dave Clawson hopes that pays off this season, especially with having fresher players at the end of games. "We have been so thin on defense that players have had to play too many reps (repetitions)," Clawson said "We are hoping we can play 21, 22 guys on defense and keep guys fresh. "We want to keep the competitions going. I want a lot of guys coming back in August thinking they have a chance to play a lot of football for us." - The Sports Xchange
08/08/2012 - This is the season Dave Clawson has been waiting for since 2009 when he took over the Bowling Green program. The Falcons have taken some lumps during Clawson's first three seasons as he has looked to build depth and improve academics. Those things have happened and now with some talented veterans and some good-looking younger players Clawson hopes the improvement shows up in the win-loss record. Bowling Green was 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Mid-American Conference last season and the Falcons are 14-23 overall and 10-14 in the conference under Clawson. Two of the bigger questions for Bowling Green this fall are whether the defense improve and who is going to catch the ball on offense? Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones and redshirt junior quarterback Matt Schilz are confident both areas will be under control when the Falcons start the season Sept. 1 at Florida. Jones said the defensive focus has been stopping the run and not missing as many tackles as the team did in 2011. "You want to be a run stopper. If the run is stopped, then teams are forced to pass," Jones said. "As a defense, you hate to get scored on. It's your job as a defense to get our offense in good field position so they can put points on the board." - The Sports Xchange
08/06/2012 - CBSSports.com 2012 Preseason All-MAC Team, Defensive Tackle: Chris Jones, Bowling Green - Chris Jones was also named to the MAC's first team as a defensive tackle last season, and will be looking to be on it again this season. The senior finished the 2011 season tied for the league lead in sacks with 8.5. He had 14 total tackles for a loss and 47 tackles overall. Also considered: Ball State's Nathan Ollie is another MAC DT that can get after the quarterback, finishing the 2011 season with 6 sacks of his own. There's also Miami's Austin Brown. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chris Jones, DL, Bowling Green, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Jones was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the conference last season, en route to earning First-Team All-MAC honors. The now senior, finished 2011 with 47 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. His sack total led the Mid-American Conference and was tied for fourth in tackles for loss. Jones opened the year with two sacks, a forced fumble and a safety in a 32-15 win at Idaho. The Brownsburg, Ind., native added six tackles and three sacks in a 13-10 win at Temple, earning MAC East Defensive Player of the Week on both occasions. - Bowling Green football