No. 5: Benito Jones, Sophomore-DT
One of the bright spots of last year’s freshman class was Benito Jones. The 6’2, 308-pound defensive tackle from Waynesboro, MS. showed raw talent on the field. His skills got him on the field during every game of the season. He even started four games during the 12-game season. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t become a permanent starting DT during the 2017 season.
Jones produced whenever he got on the field. He was third among the lineman in tackles. He had 39 tackles along with one-half sack and four quarterback hurries. His stats should increase with that pivotal year under his belt. In addition, the extra year working with strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson will help his push on the line.
Benito is a definite candidate to take the next step this spring. His potential is evident when you watch him play. He’s been described by olemisssports.com as Isaac Gross-like but much bigger. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that everyday and twice on Saturday.