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#58 Tahj Jones
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Class: Freshman
Experience: High School
City/State: Sulphur, La.
High School: Sulphur HS
Major: General Studies
Born: 12/27/1989
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Tahj Jones Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/11/2013

Senior who will be expected to start at one of the outside linebacker positions in 2013 … Joins Lamin Barrow as LSU’s two returning starters at linebacker in 2013 … Missed all but one game last year due to an academic issue … Was able to practice with team, but unable to participate in games … Cleared to play vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where he returned to his starting role at linebacker … Another player with great quickness and toughness, who is the perfect pro-type for his position in a John Chavis defense … Appeared in 28 games with two starts during his career … Has accounted for 37 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (17 yards) and 2.0 sacks (10 yards).

JUNIOR SEASON (2012)
Played in just one game after being ruled ineligible for academic reasons prior to the season-opener vs. North Texas … Practiced with team, but was unable to participate in games … Regained playing status in December and played against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl … Earned his starting position back during bowl prep and started vs. Clemson, where he recorded four tackles, one sack for a 7-yard loss and forced a fumble.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011)
A reserve linebacker who played in all 14 games with one start ... Saw extensive playing time on special teams ... Picked up three tackles, including one tackle for loss in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama … Posted one tackle for loss at Ole Miss ... Tallied his first career interception against Western Kentucky ... Recorded a career-high four tackles against Auburn, including his first career sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... Made his first career start at Tennessee and finished with three tackles.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2010)
Played in all 13 games with no starts ... Regular contributor on special teams as well as serving as a backup outside linebacker ... Made six tackles during the season, including a season-high three stops versus Louisiana-Monroe … Had two tackles in SEC win over Mississippi State … Other tackle came in win over McNeese State.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2009.

HIGH SCHOOL
Two-time 5A first-team all-state selection for Sulphur High School in Southwest Louisiana ... Named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Blue Chip list ... Missed three games as a senior with a sprained ankle and still recorded 80 tackles, 11 of them for loss and had seven sacks on way to receiving Class 5A All-State honors...As a junior, recorded 53 tackles, 13 of them for loss and had eight sacks ... Coached by Paul Bourgeois.

PERSONAL
Full name is Tahj Keeynata Jones ... Goes by Tahj ... Born Dec. 27, 1989, in Mamou, La. ... Has four siblings – Darius, Jabal, Eddie and Fairlyn … Majoring in general studies.

CAREER HIGHS 
Total tackles: 4, twice (Last: vs. Clemson, 2012)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, three times (Last: vs. Alabama, 2012 BCS Championship Game)
Sacks: 1.0, twice (Last: vs. Clemson, 2012; First: vs. Auburn, 2011
Interceptions: 1 vs. Western Kentucky, 2011

JONES’ CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2009
Redshirt Season
2010
13-0
0
6
6
0-0
0-0
0
0
0-0
0
0-0
2011
14-1
9
18
27
3.5-10
1.0-3
1
0
1-1
0
1-0
2012 1-1 1 3 4 1.5-7 1.0-7 0 0 0-0 0 0-0
2013                      
Totals
28-2
10
27
37
5.0-17
2.0-10
1
0
1-1
0
1-0
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