Auburn Football: 5 Tigers to Watch vs Louisiana Tech

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Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Jonathan Jones (3) celebrates against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Jonathan Jones, 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, Junior, Cornerback

He’s started each of the first three games, but junior cornerback Jonathan Jones has struggled with consistency.

“It’s been a little rocky,” Jones said in a Tuesday media session. “I’m just looking to improve week-by-week.”

Jones recorded three tackles and an interception against K-State, but in all honesty the pick was a matter of good fortune. After being beaten on multiple occasions by All-American receiver Tyler Lockett on the drive, what should have been an easy touchdown catch instead bounced off of Lockett and into Jones’ waiting hands.    

It was a big play for the junior and the Tigers’ defense because it gave Auburn the football at the 20-yard line instead of giving the Wildcats six points. Jones was also charged with two pass interference penalties in the game, including one on the drive that ended in his interception.

Afterwards, Jones improved his performance, but senior corner Trovon Reed played even better. Reed also had an interception in the game, his second of the season. The play showed Reed’s tremendous ball skills as he adjusted to a poorly thrown ball by K-State QB Jake Waters and made a diving catch.

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  • Jones will need to become more consistent to keep his starting spot. Reed has more raw talent, but because he has spent the last three seasons as a wide receiver before moving to defense over the off-season and has been rough around the edges in coverage.

    Nevertheless, Jones is likely to start against Louisiana Tech and he has a good outlook in preparing for the Bulldogs.

    “You get ready for them the same way you get ready for LSU and Georgia,” the cornerback told the media Tuesday.

    Expect Jones to show growth this week in preparation for the upcoming brutal stretch of SEC games.