Monday, November 11, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama junior free safety Charles Jones has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, in an announcement Monday morning by the league office.
A native of Waynesboro, Ga. (Burke County High School), Jones recorded 10 tackles in the Crimson Tide's 28-14 win over Miss. State this past Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. In addition, Jones added one interception (30 yard return), two forced fumbles and two PBUs.
The 10 tackles against Miss. State marked the second time this season Jones has posted a double-figure tackle game. He also added 10 stops and his first career interception in the Crimson Tide's 34-14 win at Tennessee on Oct. 26, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Vols.
The 10 tackles against UT and MSU this season fell one short of his career high of 11 tackles set against Tennessee during the 2001 season. He has three double-digit tackle games in his UA career.
A 10-game starter this season, Jones is Alabama's third-leading tackler with 75 (50 solos) total stops. He has added one TFL (-10), two interceptions (30 return yards), three PBUs and one blocked kick. Last year, Jones had only 32 tackles in 10 games for the Crimson Tide. He has more than doubled that total this year.
Jones has recorded 50 of his 75 tackles this season in his last six games, averaging 8.33 stops per game during that span. He has eight or more tackles in five of those six games against Arkansas (8), Georgia (9), Ole Miss (9), Tennessee (10) and Miss. State (10).
During Alabama's current four-game winning streak, Jones is the Crimson Tide's second-leading tackler with 33 total stops.