Top 25 player countdown: No. 19

August, 7, 2012
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No. 19. T.J. Jones, WR

2011 numbers: Jones played in all 13 games, starting 12, and caught 38 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

Making the case for Jones: Coach Brian Kelly has said that Jones is close to breaking out, and now would be a good time for the Irish offense, which lost first-round draft pick Michael Floyd to graduation. Jones, who was named to the Biletnikoff watch list this preseason, made an immediate impact his freshman year, catching 23 balls for 306 yards and three scores in 12 games. But Jones was hit with tragedy last summer, as his father, former Irish championship defensive end Andre, died at the age of 41 following a brain aneurysm. His numbers improved only slightly in his sophomore year, but more opportunities should come his way this fall, as he will be a key piece to the Irish's passing game.

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