Auburn's Jonathan Jones has the knack for the big play
Oct. 28, 2014

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Two interceptions and a win made for a happy Saturday night for Jonathan Jones (3) and the Tigers

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Jonathan Jones says he's not really aware of his stats, but opposing quarterbacks probably have taken notice.

The Auburn defensive back has five interceptions and is coming off a game in which he had two in the end zone, including one on the final heave, that helped preserve the Tigers' 42-35 win over South Carolina.

Jones says stats aren't a big topic. "We don't bring it up. We just review the film from the game and just keep playing. We get focused on Ole Miss and that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing."

Ah, Ole Miss. No. 5 Auburn is at No. 7 Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Saturday in a game that will feature the two players who top the SEC interceptions charts in Senquez Golson, who has eight; and Jones, and his five. 

It doesn't stop there. Ole Miss leads the SEC with 17 interceptions. Auburn is tied for second at 13. 

Jones has jumped on the stats sheet in a big way. He didn't have an interception his first three years. Now, he leads the team.

"You could say he's got a knack, but the thing about Jonathan is he’s been playing so consistent for us that he keeps making those plays," said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. "Even sometimes when you don't see the flashy plays, he's really making some important plays for us in other areas.

"He made two great plays on the ball."

Jones said his season turned at Kansas State.

"I wasn’t really making a play on the ball, wasn’t really turning my head around, and I’ve done it several times in practice. Coach told me just settle down and do what I’ve seen you do plenty of times."

Then, he said, it all became "second nature to calm down and make plays."

Ole Miss will unleash quarterback Bo Wallace to throw against Auburn's secondary.

"They're e good at throwing the ball, they have great receivers, a good quarterback, so we just have to watch film and see what the like to do and go out and try to stop them," Jones said.

Auburn's secondary received a good workout last Saturday. South Carolina threw 53 passes and completed 30 of them. This Saturday's game features the SEC's fourth-leading receiver in Ole Miss' Laquan Treadwell and the fifth-leading receiver in Auburn's Duke Williams.

For Jones, it means a chance to play big again.

"We come here to compete and we face great players every week in the SEC," Jones said. "He’s a great player. You definitely look forward to that one-on-one matchups."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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