Although a senior, he was one of the team's most improved players in the spring ... Begins preseason practice bracketed as a starter along with returning regular Paul Warford ... His great speed makes him valuable both as a cornerback and in kick coverage on special teams ... Also has experience at wide receiver and as a kickoff returner ... Has appeared in 34 career games, making two starts (as a wide receiver) ... Has 43 tackles in his career.
2007 (Junior): Required an emergency appendectomy during the week of the Eastern Kentucky game ... Missed two games, then played in the final 11 contests of the campaign ... Totaled 11 tackles and a pass breakup for the season ... Set a season high with three tackles against Florida ... Made a critical stop on Tennessee's two-point conversion attempt in the third overtime of that game ... Preserved the Music City Bowl victory with a pass breakup in the end zone in the game's final play.
2006 (Sophomore): Played in the first 12 games, earning starts vs. Georgia and Tennessee ... Had to miss the Music City bowl after sustaining a sprained knee in practice, but fortunately did not require surgery ... Made a 44-yard catch that set up the eventual game-winning touchdown vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... Had a brilliant seven-yard rush on an end-around vs. Florida to set up a UK touchdown, reversing field several times before bulling his way down to the goaline ... Made 12 tackles in kick coverage during the season.
2005 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games as a reserve cornerback and on special teams ... Provided outstanding kick coverage ... Totaled 20 tackles and had three pass breakups ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the SEC coaches ... Earned the UK game-captain honor for the Florida game.
High School: Fleet running back/defensive back was a first-team all-state choice as a senior by The Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Chosen for the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 seniors in the state and the "Kentucky Tremendous 26" by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association ... Played two years at Belfry (Ky.) HS, starting at halfback and cornerback, helping lead the team to a 27-3 record and a pair of Class AA state championships ... As a senior, rushed 170 times for 1,805 yards, an incredible 10.6 yards per carry, and 29 touchdowns ... Led team in receiving with 10 catches for 263 yards and three TDs ... Grabbed four interceptions on defense ... Co-Most Valuable Player of the All-Mountain Team in Southeast Kentucky ... Two-year member of the all-district and all-area squads ... As a junior, he ran for 1,522 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding five interceptions on defense and returning three kickoffs for TDs ... Most Valuable Player of the 2003 state championship game when he rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning TD in overtime ... Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Matewan (W. Va.) HS, garnering second-team all-state honors both years ... Listed as one of the nation's top-40 cornerbacks by Rivals.com ... The No. 8 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals and No. 17 by SuperPrep ... Ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at a Nike camp in a summer camp, the second-best time among the 250 athletes present ... Coached by Philip Haywood ... "David is an outstanding young man and first-class individual," Haywood said. "His biggest asset is his outstanding speed; he's just as fast changing directions as he is straight -ahead. He's a very tough competitor." ... Most Valuable Player for the victorious Kentucky squad in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game in June 2005; returned a kickoff 98 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and also had an interception and fumble recovery ... A two-year letterman in basketball, baseball, and track ... Made the all-district tournament team in basketball as a junior ... All-district honoree in baseball ... Won the Class AA 100-meter state championship as a senior ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Honor-roll student ... An early commitment to Kentucky, he did not seriously consider other schools.
Personal: Born in South Williamson, Ky. ... Son of Kay Pennington ... Major is social work.
Community Cats: Participated in a service event at Veterans Hospital and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life (2007), along with the Boy Scouts and the "Keep it Real" awards ceremony (2008).
Jones Career Statistics Year Position G-GS Tackles Int.-Yds. PBU 2005 Cornerback 11-0 20 0 0 2006 Spec. Teams 12-2 12 0 0 2007 Cornerback 11-0 11 0 0 Totals 34-2 43 0 0