05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 64/7. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State, 6-4, 322, 5.34, 2...God-given height, weight, quickness offer a massive foundation on which to build a great career. After shedding about 25 pounds to add stamina, he led the team in 2013 with 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-42 yards), had three sacks and a fumble recovery. Has the ability to get low and own a wide piece of real estate against two good blockers and when there is only one blocker he can dominate. Jones is just beginning to realize his potential and the value of hard work. Frankly: Back in the day when rookies weren't expected to do too much too soon, players like Jones were golden. With patience and continued conditioning, some team could steal a future standout. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DaQuan Jones, Penn State, Defensive Line...Jones led Penn State with 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-42 yards). He was fifth on the squad with 56 tackles (33 solo), recorded three sacks (minus-21) and had a fumble recovery. A starter in 23 games over the past two seasons, Jones led all Big Ten defensive tackles in hits this season. - Penn State football
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DaQuan Jones, Penn State, Defensive Line...Jones led Penn State with 11.5 tackles for loss (minus-42 yards). He was fifth on the squad with 56 tackles (33 solo), recorded three sacks (minus-21) and had a fumble recovery. A starter in 23 games over the past two seasons, Jones led all Big Ten defensive tackles in hits this season. The former Johnson City Senior HS standout is the 13th different Nittany Lion defensive lineman to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors since 1998 under the tutelage of defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
"It means a lot to be part of the rich history and tradition of all the great players at Penn State," said Jones. "This shows how far I've been able to come over the last year. And I could not have grown without the help of the rest of the defensive line and the defense. I've always worked hard because I wanted to leave a mark on the program. To join the group of all of the great defensive linemen is awesome. It's something that you can't even describe. It is a great feeling." - Penn State football
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT DaQuan Jones is off to a torrid start, registering a team-best 18 tackles (12 solos) and five tackles for loss through the first two games after making only eight solo tackles all season in 2012. Jones dropped nearly 25 pounds during the offseason and is quicker and able to be more productive late in games than he was last year. He's been one of the keys to a defense that is allowing only 1.8 rushing yards per carry. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - OTHER PENN STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: DT DaQuan Jones (6-3, 324, 5.38)...Playing next to the more explosive Jordan Hill at defensive tackle, it was easy to overlook Jones last season, but he brings a different and almost as valuable skill-set to the field. He has a wide base and broad shoulders and wins with his brute strength and power to take on multiple blocks and overwhelm blockers. Jones showed improved instincts towards the end of last season, but he will struggle with leverage and lacks ideal range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: DaQuan Jones, Penn State, DT...A strong physical presence in the middle of the defensive line, Jones adds his candidacy for the Outland Trophy to his preseason All-Big Ten selection from Phil Steele's College Football Magazine. Jones boasted his best season in 2012 with 22 tackles, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Jones should emerge as an All-Big Ten candidate during his senior season and his 11 career starts are the most on the defensive line entering the season. The former Johnson City High School standout made a career-best four tackles twice last season, doing so in the season opener vs. Ohio and duplicating that effort against Navy to help O'Brien earn his first win as Penn State head coach. His efforts in the trenches were instrumental in helping Penn State hold six opponents to 17 points or fewer. - Penn State football
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