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Taiwan Jones
Taiwan  Jones

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Baltimore, Mich.

High School:
Anchor Bay

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 252

Position:
LB

Experience:
4L


02/22/2015

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Saturday

Jeremy Langford runs the fastest 40-yard dash time among running backs; potential first-round pick Trae Waynes meets with the media.

02/22/2015

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Sunday

Linebacker Taiwan Jones performs his on-field tests and position drills on Sunday.

02/20/2015

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Friday

Taiwan Jones meets with reporters during Friday's media session in Indianapolis.

02/17/2015

Six Spartans Scheduled to Participate in 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

Safety Kurtis Drummond, linebacker Taiwan Jones, running back Jeremy Langford, wide receivers Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery and cornerback Trae Waynes will attempt to improve their stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.

01/16/2015

Four Seniors Scheduled to Participate in College All-Star Games Saturday

Linebacker Taiwan Jones and wide receiver Keith Mumphery are scheduled to participate in the 90th East-West Shrine Game, while defensive end Marcus Rush and punter Mike Sadler will compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

12/18/2014

Preparing for the Cotton Bowl

11/04/2014

Connor Cook and Taiwan Jones

10/21/2014

Connor Cook and Taiwan Jones

10/18/2014

Michigan State 56- Indiana 17

10/11/2014

Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.

Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.

Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue

10/25/2014

Football vs. Michigan

Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.

11/02/2013

Michigan @ Michigan State

Michigan @ Michigan State

10/27/2012

AP Photos: Michigan State at Wisconsin

AP Photos: Michigan State at Wisconsin

Bio (PDF) | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

• 2014 SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, ATHLON SPORTS, PHIL STEELE)

CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starting linebacker (two years at Star, one at Mike) . . . started 30 career games (17 at Star linebacker, 13 at Mike linebacker) . . . collected 183 tackles, including 25.5 for losses (88 yards), in 54 career games.

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Recorded 15 tackles in four bowl games . . . helped the Spartans to a 4-0 record in bowl games during his career . . . recorded six tackles in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 5 Baylor, including 1.5 for loss (5 yards) . . . helped the Spartans limit the Bears to minus-20 yards rushing in the game . . . led the Spartans with eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the win over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . had one tackle against TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl . . . saw action against No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl.

2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; honorable mention choice by the media . . . also a second-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . recorded five tackles for the West in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida . . . received the President's Award (senior lineman: defense) for perseverance . . . ranked second on the team with 189 production points during the regular season . . . ranked second on the team with 60 tackles, including career bests in tackles for loss (12.5 for 42 yards) and sacks (four for 19 yards) . . . ranked tied for 11th in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (0.96 pg.) . . . recorded six tackles in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 5 Baylor, including 1.5 for loss (5 yards) . . . helped the Spartans limit the Bears to minus-20 yards rushing in the game . . . recovered a fumble and had two tackles in road win at Penn State; led linebackers with 18 production points against the Nittany Lions . . . posted five stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), vs. Rutgers . . . had four tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and totaled 20 production points at Maryland; his deflection of a C.J. Brown pass was intercepted by RJ Williamson and ran back 22 yards for a touchdown . . . led team with eight tackles, including two tackles for loss (15 yards) and an 8-yard sack, to go along with his first career interception in the victory over Michigan . . . compiled a team-best 36 production points against the Wolverines . . . posted five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) and one sack (1 yard), in win at Indiana . . . tied a career high with 10 tackles and set a career high with three tackles for loss (8 yards), including a sack (4 yards), while recording 29 production points in the victory over No. 19 Nebraska . . . tallied 12 production points vs. Wyoming (three tackles, including a 6-yard sack, to go along with a fumble recovery) . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Wyoming . . . recorded 13 production points against Eastern Michigan in addition to one tackle and one QB hurry . . . had five stops at No. 3 Oregon, including a 2-yard loss . . . recorded two tackles in his first career start at middle linebacker against Jacksonville State in the season opener.

2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 13 of 14 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 67 tackles, including seven for losses (16 yards) . . . ranked seventh on the defense with 157 production points . . . led the Spartans with eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . collected five tackles against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . recorded six stops, including one for a 2-yard loss, against Minnesota . . . tallied five tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in win at Nebraska . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against No. 23 Michigan . . . led MSU with six stops at Illinois . . . tallied five tackles, including a 6-yard loss, vs. Purdue . . . had five stops vs. Indiana, including a 2-yard loss . . . made six tackles at Iowa . . . did not start, but played a majority of the game at No. 22 Notre Dame, recording five tackles against the Irish . . . left the Youngstown State game in the first half (injury) and did not return . . . registered two stops, including a 1-yard loss, against South Florida . . . produced six tackles in the season opener against Western Michigan.

2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including four starts at the Star linebacker position (Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota) . . . recorded 38 tackles, tied for eighth most on the team . . . ranked fifth on the team with 5.5 tackles for losses (26 yards) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with five tackles on special teams . . . collected five tackles, including a 5-yard loss, at Minnesota . . . had five stops and a pass break-up vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . recorded seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses (12 yards) and an 8-yard sack, in overtime win at Wisconsin . . . tallied two tackles at No. 23 Michigan, including a 2-yard loss . . . in his first career start, recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass vs. Iowa . . . had four tackles at Indiana, including a 5-yard loss . . . totaled 20 production points each in road games at Indiana and Wisconsin.

2011 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . also served as the back-up at Star linebacker behind Chris Norman . . . collected 18 tackles (3 solos, 15 assists) . . . was the only true freshman on offense or defense to see playing time for the Spartans . . . recorded a season-high four tackles and a pass break-up against Indiana . . . compiled three stops each against Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 30) and Scout.com (No. 57) . . . listed among the country's top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 73) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 57) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's Top 20 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 11) and Lansing State Journal (No. 12) . . . first-team all-state (Division 1-2) selection by The Detroit News and Associated Press . . . earned all-county and all-conference honors as a senior . . . selected Macomb Area Conference Blue Division MVP . . . three-year starter for Coach Phil Latona at Anchor Bay High School in Fair Haven, Michigan . . . accounted for more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while leading the Tars to their first playoff appearance since 2004 . . . recorded 46 tackles (26 solos, 20 assists), including two for losses, and three interceptions from his strong safety position in 2010 . . . two-way starter also saw action at running back, wide receiver and quarterback . . . rushed 84 times for a team-best 856 yards (10.2 avg.) and 12 TDs as a senior . . . posted four 100-yard rushing games in 2010 . . . ranked second on the team with 34 receptions for 507 yards (14.9 avg.) and three TDs as a senior . . . accounted for 199 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and two scores vs. Port Huron North (10 carries for 101 yards, including an 83-yard TD run, and seven catches for 98 yards, including a 4-yard TD grab) . . . set career highs with eight catches for 111 yards vs. Stevenson . . . rushed 10 times for a career-best 185 yards vs. L'Anse Creuse, including TD runs of 47 and 67 yards . . . sidelined for all but two games as a junior due to a knee injury . . . three-year starter for the Anchor Bay basketball team . . . AP Class A All-State honorable mention in 2010-11 . . . selected to the Detroit Free Press All-East Team as a senior . . . named MAC Blue Division MVP after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in 2010-11 . . . turned in one of his best all-around performances vs. Port Huron, scoring 41 points and collecting 15 rebounds . . . rated among the state's Top 10 wing forwards by mirecruitpreps.com . . . son of Clarence and Kecia Jones . . . born Dec. 1, 1993 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in sociology.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 10, twice (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Tackles for loss: 3, vs. Nebraska (10/4/14)
Sacks: 1.0, three times (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Pass Break-ups: 1, four times

CAREER STATS

INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2011................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2012................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2014................ 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 54 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2011................ 14 3 15 18 0.5-4 1 0 0 0 2012................ 13 19 19 38 5.5-26 3 0 0 0 2013................ 14 38 29 67 7.0-16 0 0 0 0 2014................ 13 31 29 60 12.5-42 3 0 2 0 TOTAL............... 54 91 92 183 25.5-88 7 0 2 0

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2011................ 14 0 1 0.5 4 2012................ 13 1 0 1.0 8 2013................ 14 0 0 0.0 0 2014................ 13 4 0 4.0 19 TOTAL............... 54 5 1 5.5 31

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