The summer is knocking on the door and college football is right around the corner. As we get closer to the season, BC Bulletin will be previewing each player and projecting out three different options that could happen in the 2021 season. We are going in numerical order, and have already completed a handful of player (the list is at the bottom of the post). Today we look at Deon Jones, a transfer safety in his second season with the Eagles.
Jones came to Boston College last season after three seasons with the Maryland Terrapins. His relationship with defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul Rahim made him a good fit to come in and provide support at a safety position that was in need of veteran talent. He lived up to, and exceeded expectations in 2020, as a starter when he was healthy along with Mike Palmer, Jahmin Muse and Kam Arnold (who switched to linebacker this spring).
Talking to some within the program, he was described as one of the most talented players on the defense, and his play showcased that. He was a physical safety who finished the season fourth in tackles with 42, and a sack. Injuries were a factor though last season, missing time due to an elbow injury earlier in the season, and then was knocked out of the season finale against UVA with an undisclosed injury.
Name: Deon Jones
HS: Potomac, Oxon Hill (MD)
With Max Richardson and Isaiah McDuffie off to the NFL there is room for a leader to step up on defense, and that turns out to be Deon Jones. He turns into a versatile playmaker on defense, playing a major role in a secondary that clicks in 2021, with improving statistics across the board. A physical presence on the back end, Jones solidifies himself as one of the best safeties in the ACC. He causes a handful of turnovers, either through physical hits on the ball carrier or snatching an interception.
Good play by the safety who contributes at the level he did in 2020. He is a solid, but not what we consider a game changing safety. Makes a handful of plays throughout the season, maybe a mistake or two, but a solid season all around.
At this point it is fair to bring up Jones's injury histories as a concern moving forward. He has missed parts of the last two seasons due to injury. While he plays well while healthy, he ends up missing a piece of the season, which could cause some depth concerns at the safety level.
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