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Roster Breakdown: No. 4 L.J. Jones
L.J. Jones wasn't the most heralded recruit coming out of Encino (Calif.) Crespi High School in 2008. But he was the Bulldogs top cornerback prospect from the get-go. Anytime the 'Dogs can snag a solid D1 prospect from a traditional SoCal prep power, it helps build a pipeline. The former three-star prospect had to grayshirt his first year and redshirted in 2009. Last season, he saw his first action. Jones is the Bulldogs top young experienced cornerback. He has the size and speed to become a lockdown corner. In 2010, he emerged as the starter after Jermaine Thomas was lost for the season in early November and Desia Dunn injured his ankle two weeks later. Head coach Pat Hill used only two cornerbacks (Jones and Isaiah Green) in the season's final two games versus Idaho and Illinois. Jones entered spring as a starter and exited spring in the same role. While he doesn't possess Green's speed, Jones is very quick and has good feet and fluid hips. Thomas tore his ACL, and he is expected to be cleared in time for fall camp. However, he likely won't be in football shape and will have to battle Jones and Green to regain his starting position. 2011 Projection Jones should be in the starting lineup when the ‘Dogs line up against Cal on Sept. 3. Thomas will need time to get back to form leaving the door open for Jones to take many first team reps in fall camp. If he continues to improve, it will be difficult to remove him from atop the depth even when Thomas is ready to assume his starting spot. You can now follow BarkBoard.com via Twitter. Discuss in BarkBoard.com Forums. If you have not by now, subscribe to BarkBoard.com. Click HERE to get access to the members-only content from BB.C and the nation-wide Scout.com network. ©Copyright 2011, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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