Former Ole Miss Linebacker Jacquez Jones transfers to Kentucky

Three-year letterwinner played in 33 games in three seasons at Ole Miss


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Former Ole Miss linebacker Jacquez Jones has signed to play football at the University of Kentucky, head coach Mark Stoops announced Thursday. He will be eligible immediately and will have two seasons left to play.


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“We are thrilled to add Jacquez to our team,” Stoops said. “He’s an experienced playmaker who has been a great leader in our league.”


The three-year letterwinner played in 33 games with 19 starts, totaling 182 tackles in his Ole Miss career.


As a junior in 2020, the 6-foot-0, 235-pounder, started in nine of the Rebels’ 10 games, leading the team with 75 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.


In 2019, he saw action in all 12 games, with nine starts at inside linebacker, finishing second on the team with 71 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Jones appeared in every game as a true freshman in 2018 for Ole Miss, earning one starting spot vs. Southern Illinois. He was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team after charting 36 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss in his debut season. He was also named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2018 for his work in the classroom.


The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native and gridiron standout at Hillcrest High School was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals. He was the No. 15 player in the state of Alabama by ESPN and No. 22 by Rivals. He was rated as the No. 10 inside linebacker nationally according to ESPN.


As a senior, he helped lead Hillcrest to its first state semifinal appearance since 1985, playing under head coach Sam Adams. He went on to represent Alabama in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game where he recorded six tackles, including one tackle for loss.


Jones will major in sociology and minor in criminology at UK.


Seven home games at Kroger Field highlight Kentucky’s 2021 football schedule. The Wildcats kick off the season on Sept. 4 against the ULM Warhawks, the first of three consecutive home games. Missouri arrives in Lexington on Sept. 11 for the first conference game of the year before Chattanooga wraps up the homestand on Sept. 18.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas