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 ESPN.com 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.