Senior captain... Earned four varsity letters, starting two years at strong safety before moving to WLB as senior... Finalist for Division II-AA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year as senior... All-State selection and the (Nashville) Tennessean's "Dream Team" member... Finalist for region's top defensive player after anchoring 2007 defense with a conference-high 76 solo tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, eight QB sacks, two forced fumbles and an INT... Helped MUS to 7-4 record and first round of state playoffs in senior year, earning team's Roberts MVP Award... Helped Owls to state Division II titles in 2004-05... Finished career with 203 total tackles and 38 tackles for loss... Throws shot put and discus... National Honor Society member.
DeAndre Lemond Jones... Son of Lisa Jones and Demetres Jones... Born Feb. 27, 1990 in Memphis... Dad works as distributor for Pfizer Inc.; mom is account manager at FedEx... Has two sisters: Quinnisha and Nyla... Plans to major in mechanical engineering... Prep teammate of Commodore sophomore LB Jon Stokes... Enjoys public speaking... Developed racial reconciliation program in high school.
MUS HEAD COACH BOBBY ALSTON
"DeAndre is a three-year starter for us. The first two years we probably didn't play to his strengths because DeAndre was at strong safety. He was a good player there, but really, he's way too aggressive to play in the secondary.
"This season, he just blossomed at (weakside) linebacker, really became an outstanding player. He's a physical player, but also has an incredible knack for passing rushing, a knack you just can't coach.
"`Dre is also a first-class young man in every way. Vanderbilt is very fortunate to get two such really good players and good guys in `Dre and John (Stokes, sophomore LB) from here in the last couple years."