Written by Ros Dumlao, Clarion-Ledger
JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI/Clarion-Ledger) — The SWAC Freshman of the Year is back.
Javancy Jones withdrew his enrollment from Southwest Mississippi Community College and is returning to Jackson State. The defensive end initially transferred to the JUCO after Rick Comegy and the football coaching staff were fired in December. But something didn’t sit well for the Macon native.
“It just kept bothering me,” Jones said. “I prayed every night, and it seemed like God was telling me I belong at Jackson State and I felt as if I belonged.”
Jones spoke with JSU’s new head football coach Harold Jackson, who was officially introduced on Jan. 13, last week and was told he could retain his scholarship.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was an immediate impact for the Tigers last season. He played in all 11 games, finishing with 54 tackles (the fifth-most on the team), 14 TFL and 5 sacks. He also had a pair of pass breakups, passes defended and quarterback hurries.
JSU made back-to-back appearances in the SWAC championship game but lost both in overtime. Jones, a former Noxubee County standout, is an integral piece for a Tiger defense that’s losing seven starters from that conference title game.
It’s another positive news for JSU’s defense. Last week, Ryan Griffin said he was returning. The Michigan native, who led the team in interceptions (3), announced he was forgoing the 2014 NFL draft.