Watch: In college, Rutgers football’s new assistant safeties coach was a playmaker

On Friday, Nas Jones announced that he was taking on a new role with Rutgers football as an assistant safeties coach. Turns out that Jones knows a thing or two about the position.

Jones was a standout defensive back at Rhode Island. He was a bit of a ballhawk who had two career interceptions and 11 passes defended during his four years with the program.

Solid in coverage, Jones also a strong tackler, leading Rhode Island with 78 tackles in 2018, his senior season.

From New Jersey, Jones played at Barringer High School (Newark, N.J. As a senior in 2013, he recorded 56 tackles in 10 games as a defensive back and was named his team’s MVP. He also lined up on offense as a wide receiver.

In addition to football, Jones was also a standout sprinter in high school.

Rutgers Wire unearthed film of Jones from his four seasons at Rhode Island. OK, it wasn’t exactly unearthed…a simple search on YouTube unveiled the highlights relatively easily.

(Of course, his highlights are linked in his Twitter bio but that wasn’t noticed till after the exhausting and thorough 45-second search on YouTube.)


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Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire