Mike Jones Jr has entered the transfer portal.
Jones was Clemson’s starter at the vital SAM spot last season and registered 30 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT’s, and 2 forced fumbles. He will be a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately.
With his departure, expect rising sophomore Simpson to assume the starting role next season. Simpson had 6 1/2 TFLs and four sacks in 2020 and was really starting to come on at the end of the season.
Jones’ departure could open up more early playing time for incoming freshman Barrett Carter, who Dabo Swinney recently said might be the most versatile player he has ever signed.
2020: Credited with 30 tackles (4.0 for loss), four pass breakups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a half-sack in 359 snaps over 10 games (seven starts) … named as a second-team All-ACC selection by PFF … made first career start at Wake Forest, recording six tackles … started home opener vs. The Citadel … collected three tackles and a pass breakup vs. Virginia … registered one tackle and a pass breakup vs. No. 7 Miami … contributed four tackles (2.0 for loss) and a forced fumble at Georgia Tech … against Syracuse, recorded three tackles, a half-sack and his first career interception, which he returned 40 yards to the three-yard line to set up a Clemson touchdown, helping him share team defensive player of the game honors … missed two games but returned to action with a two-tackle performance vs. Pitt … recorded eight tackles (1.5 for loss) and a pass breakup at Virginia Tech … added a tackle in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … posted two tackles and a red zone interception in Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Ohio State.CU Athletics