AUSTIN (KXAN) — Safety Brandon Jones announced on Twitter today that he’ll return for his senior season.
Jones had been thinking about leaving school early to enter the NFL draft, but with his return, the only junior to leave school early is receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who made the announcement on Tuesday.
“I got really good feedback from the NFL, but with my injury, I felt I had more to prove not only to myself, but to my team, as well,” Jones said in a statement.
As a junior, Jones was fourth on the team in tackles with 70 despite only playing in 10 of Texas’ 14 games. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, Jones recorded four tackles and one pass break up.
“I see where this team is headed, and I want to be a part of something great,” Jones said. “Getting my degree from the University of Texas was a huge thing to both myself and my mom, and I know that will take me further in life than football. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity top lay at such a prestigious level and want to finish what we’ve started.”
His return is a huge boost for a defense that will lose three of its five starters in the secondary to graduation. Jones and freshman All-American Caden Sterns will anchor a defense on the back end that loses eight total starters to graduation this year.