Aug. 7, 2013
Aarynn Jones had a breakout season in 2012 when he posted 52 total tackles, including 25 solo. His total stops were third-best on the team and made him a major contributor to the Aggies' defense. He broke up five passes and started his year off the right way with an interception in the season opener against Azusa Pacific. Jones also was a key to UC Davis' big defensive effort against Causeway Classic rival Sacramento State, picking up nine tackles and a pass breakup in the Aggies' win. Just two weeks earlier he had a career-high 10 tackles against Portland State.
Junior cornerback Jabari Howard sat down with Jones to talk about his Aggie experiences. This is the fourth of a series of Q&A's with the Aggie senior class that Howard is conducting as part of "Jabari's Corner".
What was your best memory from last year’s football season?
Making big hits and big plays to help us get a win against Sacramento State
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
I’m looking forward to working as a defense collectively. I know we have much more to add to our repertoire so I’m looking forward to being more of a ballhawk rather than just tackling. We need to make plays this year if we want to make the playoffs.
What is the best part of being a college football player?
The lessons you learn and how they pertain to life.
Describe Coach Gould in one word.
If you were the director of a movie about Coach Gould, what actor would you cast to play him?
Probably Denzel Washington because he reminds me of him in "Remember the Titans".
Is there a player in the NFL that you try to model your game after?
I see my man-coverage as being something similar to a Richard Sherman. I’m working on locking down opponents and even though I’m tall and lanky, I’m physical which is why he’s one person that I try to mimic.
If you were to translate your game on the football field to the music industry what famous music artist do you think you would be?
I would see myself as a French Montana or Rick Ross-type dude. That trap music is real, and that’s what I have to be on the field, real.
If you became a UC Davis professor tomorrow would class would you teach?
Community and Regional Development because that’s something that I know a lot about.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I sing, dance, and rap. Anything that belongs in the studio, I belong in.
Now that you are a senior, what advice would you give to freshman>Aarynn Jones?
Don’t worry about the politics. Just keep worrying about you getting better and progressing and eventually you’ll get your chance.