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Auburn’s Jonathan Jones sets lofty goal for season

Auburn Tigers defensive back Jonathan Jones (3) knocks Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) out of bounds as he makes a catch in the first quarter during the Kansas State University and Univeristy of Auburn football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday, September 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kansas.
Auburn Tigers defensive back Jonathan Jones (3) knocks Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) out of bounds as he makes a catch in the first quarter during the Kansas State University and Univeristy of Auburn football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Thursday, September 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas City Star

HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn defensive back Jonathan Jones has some lofty expectations for the 2015 season.

“My goal for this fall is not to give up any completions … and that includes more interceptions,” Jones said. “That’s a big part of it. … Our first job is to make sure they don’t complete the ball, and I definitely want to improve on that and not take a step backwards.”

Jones, who missed most of spring practice after foot surgery, tied for second in the SEC last season with six interceptions and also broke up 11 passes.

Auburn will need Jones, a senior and two-year starter, to be at the top of his game in new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s system.

“In his defense, he likes to bring pressure and that leaves us in a lot of one-on-one situations, so you have to be able to play one-on-one ball a lot …,” Jones said. “There’s not a lot of safety help, so he needs corners that he can depend on each down to be alone.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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