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Ja'Von Rolland-Jones
Player Profile:
Ja'Von Rolland-Jones 1137642
Position: DE
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 244
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
High School: Mesquite
Experience: 3 Letters

2017:  Bednarik Award Watch List . . . Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List . . . Lindy's, Phil Steele's, Athlon, Street & Smith and SouthernPigskin.com Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Phil Steele's No. 22 ranked “Top NFL Draft Eligible Defensive End” in the nation . . . Lindy's No. 1 rated “Top 10 NFL Talent” in the Sun Belt Conference . . . Lindy's “Best Pass Rusher” in the Sun Belt . . . Lindy's “Most Valuable Player in the Sun Belt . . . Street & Smith's “Top NFL Prospect” in the Sun Belt . . . College Gridiron Showcase 2018 NFL Draft Watch List . . . SouthernPigSkin.com's Preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year . . .Sports Illustrated's No. 95 ranked player in its “SI.com Top 100” college football players of the 2017 season . . .Enters his senior campaign as the national leader in both career sacks (30.5) and tackles for loss per game (1.26) among active players . . . Holds the Arkansas State and Sun Belt Conference records for career sacks (30.5) . . . Needs 13.5 sacks to tie the NCAA FBS record for a career, currently held by Terrell Suggs (Arizona State, 2000-02) with 44.0 . . . With 45.5 career tackles for loss, Rolland-Jones is 29.5 shy of the most in NCAA history, currently held by Jason Babin (Western Michigan, 2000-03) and Khalil Mack (Buffalo, 2010-13) with 75.0. . . Sports Illustrated's No. 95 ranked player in its “SI.com Top 100” college football players of the 2017 season.

2016:  Became just the second defensive player in the history of the Sun Belt Conference to be named the league's Player of the Year . . . Also became just the second A-State student-athlete, and the first on the defensive side of the ball, to be named the Sun Belt Conference Football Player of the Year . . . Completed his junior season as a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection while ranking fifth in the nation in sacks (1.04 per game) and eighth in tackles for loss (1.7 per game) . . . During the course of the year, broke both the Sun Belt single-season and career records for sacks with 13.5 and 30.5, respectively . . . Broke the A-State career record for sacks as well, and his 13.5 for the season were only a half-sack shy of tying the most in school history . . . Ended the season ranked third in the nation in career sacks among active players and fourth in the same group in tackles for loss per game (1.26) . . . Started eight games and played in all 13 while recording 57 tackles, the third most in the Sun Belt among defensive linemen, to go along with his 13.5 sacks and league-high 21.5 tackles for loss . . . Also responsible for a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and seven quarterback hurries . . . One of the leaders of A-State's defense that led the nation in team tackles for loss with 9.6 per game, while also ranking No. 6 in sacks (3.3 per game), No. 19 in scoring defense (21.5 ppg) and No. 29 in total defense (362.8 ypg) . . . Recorded at least three tackles in 12 games and five or more in five outings, including a season-high 11 against Louisiana-Lafayette . . . Responsible for at least one TFL in 11 games and multiple stops behind the line in six outings, including a season-high 4.0 against both New Mexico State and Louisiana-Lafayette . . . Recorded a season-high 3.0 sacks against New Mexico State, but also had 2.0 against Texas State, UCF and South Alabama . . . Tallied at least a half-sack nine of 13 games . . . Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List . . . Bednarik Award Watch List . . . Hendricks Award Watch List . . . Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Sporting News and Phil Steele's Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Lindy's “Best Pass Rusher” in the Sun Belt . . . Texas Football “Top Five Players from Texas in the Sun Belt.”

2015:  First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Lombardi Award Watch List . . . First Team Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference . . . USA Today, Lindy's, Sporting News, ESPN and Athlon Sports first team Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Phil Steele's second team Preseason All-SBC . . . Played in all 13 games, including seven as a starter . . . Recorded 13 tackles for loss, which ranked first on the team, and seventh in the Sun Belt Conference . . . Tallied a team-high 9.0 sacks, which led the Sun Belt, ranked 32nd in the nation and tied the eighth most in school history for a single season . . . Recorded a career-best 38 tackles to tie the seventh most on the team and most among the squad's defensive ends . . . Also posted his first career interception, eight quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles, which tied the most in the league and ranked 13th in the nation . . . Picked up at least one tackle in every game and multiple stops in 10 outings, including a season-high six against Idaho . . . Posted at least a half-sack in eight games, including a season-high 2.0 against Georgia State.

2014:  Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . SCOUT second team Freshman All-America . . . College Sports Madness Second Team and Phil Steele's Third Team All-Sun Belt . . . Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week, CFPA national Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Week and College Sports Madness Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 3) . . . Played in 10 games as a true freshman, including seven as a starter, before suffering a season-ending injury that kept him out of the final three games . . . Finished the season with 30 tackles (21 solo, 9 assisted), which were the second most on the team among defensive linemen . . . Tallied a team-high eight sacks that were the 11th most in school history for a single season, while also ranking as the 14th most in the nation and fifth most in the Sun Belt during the 2014 campaign. . .Recorded a school-record five sacks against Idaho, which also tied the Sun Belt Conference record and tied the most in the nation in 2014 . . . Posted a team-high 12.0 tackles for loss that were the 10th most in the Sun Belt Conference . . . Finished the year with two forced fumbles (second most on the team), one fumble recovery and one pass break-up as well . . . Two forced fumbles tied the fifth most in the Sun Belt . . . Recorded at least one tackle in all but one game played and multiple stops in seven outings, including a career-high eight against Idaho . . . Completed three games with four tackles, his second highest total . . . Responsible for at least one tackle for loss in five games, including four of his last five played . . . Finished four games with at least a half-sack

2013:  Suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of 2013 and redshirted the year . . . Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Recorded 64 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and one interception as a senior . . . Tied for the most sacks in the state during the regular season . . . Was top 5 in the state in tackles for loss… Associated Press all-state team as an honorable mention selection as a senior . . . Named District 12-5A Co-Defensive MVP in 2012 . . . Named to the SportsDay's All-Area Team as a second team selection . . . Helped lead Mesquite to an undefeated regular season and final record of 11-1 . . . Team advanced to the second round (Area) of the Class 5A state playoffs . . . Dallas Morning News Player of the Week on Oct. 8 after recording nine tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble in a victory over Rockwall-Heath . . .  He was a team captain, MVP, and most outstanding linebacker.

PERSONAL:  Born Nov. 13, 1994 . . . Son of Carlos Jones and Rollinea Rolland . . . Sport Management major . . . Participated in A-State Athletics' study abroad trip to London in the summer of 2017.

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