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Kilgore’s Jones to Tarleton State to coach DL

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It was thought at one point that Eddie Jones’s football career would be largely as a player.

But maybe, just maybe, it’s as a coach instead.

The former Kilgore High School and University of Texas standout has been named the defensive line coach for Tarleton State University, the TSU football program announced Thursday. Jones comes to the Texans after serving on the staff at Blinn Junior College the last four years, including as co-defensive coordinator.

“I’m excited to come to Tarleton because of the winning culture and dedication to the staff,” Jones told Tarletonsports.com. “Seeing the pride that this staff takes in being part of the Tarleton family is contagious. The investment in young men on and off the field and the growth of this program is creating a legacy that the student and this town can be proud of, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Jones had quite a career at KHS, helping the Bulldogs to the 2004 Class 4A Division II state championship and a 16-0 record as a junior, and then finishing with 300 tackles, 28 sacks, eight forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. Along the way, he was named as a Parade All-American, a member of the USA Today’s All-USA first-team, and a EA Sports All-American.

He went on to play at UT, where his play helped Texas make the 2009 BCS National Championship game as he earned All-Big XII honors. In his career at UT, he had 110 tackles, 24 for loss, 13 ½ sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

He had brief stints with both the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and at Blinn, coached a defense that held opponents to less than 60 yards rushing a game, and led the NJCAA nationally in sacks as a defensive unit in the 2018 season (55).

Jones has a bachelor’s degree from UT in kinesiology and in education, and a masters in sports medicine from Southwestern Oklahoma State. He has a daughter, Maliyah Skye, who lives in Austin.

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