The 6-foot-1, 240-pound native of Cincinnati, Ohio, led the Spartans in tackles (98), forced fumbles (3) and quarterback hurries (6) and ranks second in tackles for loss (8 for 18 yards). He was also ranked as one of the leaders in the Big Ten in forced fumbles and tackles.
During his four-year career, Greg Jones has been one of the most consistent players in college football and is looking to become only the second player in Michigan State history to lead the Spartans in tackles for four-straight seasons.
Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi had the following to say about his star linebacker.
“Greg Jones accomplished a goal of winning the Big Ten Championship and was powerful enough to bring the entire team’s play up to his level. That’s what great linebackers do. He’s an incredible athlete with tremendous instincts that put him on the ball every snap. In four years here at Michigan State, I have watched him improve like no other player I have coached in 20 years.”
Spartans linebacker coach Mike Tressel stressed Jones had one goal in mind and achieved that goal.
“Greg Jones came back for his senior season to win a Big Ten Championship. As usual, he accomplished his goal. Everyone we face has to design blocking schemes to account for No. 53 first. Despite all of the attention he receivers from opposing teams, Greg consistently performs at a high level. He is indeed a special player.”
While Jones may not have matched his tackle totals of previous seasons, he did record his first career interceptions early in the season. Overall, Greg Jones has played in 51 career games having posted starts in 45 of them, including 39 consecutive starts that tie him with running mate Eric Gordon.
Greg Jones and the Michigan State Spartans will battle Alabama in the Capital One Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.