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May 1, 2013

Bulldog alum drafted by Texans

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He got around 10 phone calls and nearly 100 texts congratulating him on being drafted. Jones celebrated with family and friends at Bowling Green after he was selected before doing what typical college students do on weekends.

“I went and got some Taco Bell and hung out with my friends,” Jones said.

Jones said people inside Taco Bell first noticed his girlfriend before he started taking photos with those who recognized him. He attacked the menu like a NFL lineman would be expected.

“I’ve actually been experimenting with what I can do,” he said. “I’ll get like a chili cheese burrito and put like lava sauce on it from like a volcano burrito. But I always get a chicken quesadilla. That never wavers.”

The humble and soft-spoken Jones had his life change forever Saturday, yet it hasn’t sunk it yet. He leaves for Houston on May 9 and that’s when he thinks he’s going to feel like an NFL player.

“I’m still in school so I feel like a student still,” Jones said. “I think it will really hit me when I fly down to Houston and see all those guys and see the facility.”

Houston went 12-4 last season and won the AFC South, a division they share with the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans’ defense is guided by defensive guru Wade Phillips who runs an attacking 3-4 that is slightly different than other 3-4 defenses and a better fit for Jones.

“They drafted me for just taking up one gap so their nose is offset,” he said. “But he’s a defensive genius. I know he’ll find a way to use whatever player he has.”

Houston’s defensive roster also has future Hall of Famer Ed Reed, 2012 NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, 2009 NFL rookie of the year Brian Cushing and 2012 Pro Bowlers Antonio Smith and Johnathan Joseph. Jones expects to be a sponge with so many talented players already on the team.

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