SU's Jones to opt for NFL draft

Published 12/30 2011 05:51PM

Updated 12/30 2011 05:51PM

Syracuse football defensive end Chandler Jones announced Friday that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Jones, a 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, finished his career with 147 tackles, which ranks seventh all-time among Orange down linemen.
Jones (Endicott, N.Y.) made 38 tackles (30 solo) in seven games played this season. After missing five games due to a lower body injury, he returned to the field against No. 11/14 West Virginia, and earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors with six solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 19 yards.
Jones also had 7.5 tackles for a loss of years in 2011, moving him into ninth all-time on the Syracuse career tackles for loss record list (27.0). In his final collegiate game at Pittsburgh, Jones registered his first career interception, which he returned 32-yards to the Panther 28-yard line and set up an eventual SU touchdown.
A two-time All-BIG EAST selection during his time at SU, Jones started the final 20 games of his career at defensive end for the Orange. He was also named to the All-BIG EAST Team and Phil Steele's Postseason All-BIG EAST Team following the 2011 campaign.
Jones' athletic family includes older brothers Arthur, a 2010 SU graduate and current Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle, and Jon, a UFC fighter.

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