JONESBORO, Ark. (7/10/17) – Arkansas State senior defensive end Ja'Von Rolland-Jones has been named to the 2017 Bednarik Award Watch List the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday morning.
Rolland-Jones is the first A-State student-athlete in school history to be named to the watch list twice in a career. He also received recognition as a junior in 2016 and has been the only player from the Sun Belt named to the preseason watch list in each of the previous two seasons.
The reigning SBC Player of the Year finished his junior season ranked fifth in the nation in sacks per game (1.04) and eighth in tackles for loss per game (1.7). During the course of the year, Rolland-Jones broke both the Sun Belt single-season and career records for sacks with 13.5 and 30.5, respectively and also set A-State career record for sacks as well. His sack total for the season was only a half-sack shy of tying the most in school history for a single-season and ended the season ranked third in the nation in career sacks among active players.
The Mesquite, Texas native enters his senior season needing 13.5 sacks to tie the NCAA FBS record for a career, currently held by Terrell Suggs (Arizona State, 2000-02) with 44. He also needs 29.5 tackles for loss to tie the NCAA record for tackles for loss in a career at 75, currently held by Jason Babin (Western Michigan, 2000-03) and Khalil Mack (Buffalo, 2010-13).
Rolland-Jones was recently tabbed by Sports Illustrated at the No. 95 player on the SI.com Top 100 college football players to watch for the 2017 season.
Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2017 football campaign, which includes six home games, are available for purchase. Arkansas State has had 12 consecutive seasons with a winning record at home and has won 30 of its lasts 36 games at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Single game tickets will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 1.
Tickets may be purchased through the A-State Ticket Office, located at the Convocation Center's lower red entrance, in person, by phone at 870-972-2781 or online by clicking the “Tickets” link located at the top of the AStateRedWolves.com home page.