Justin Jones didn’t earn a spot on any of the three All-ACC teams announced on Monday. He didn’t even make honorable mention.
The NC State defensive tackle did, however, pick up some recognition that will be even more beneficial to his professional future.
Jones accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. He, along with Miami tight end Chris Herndon, are the first two ACC players to be selected for the prestigious college football all-star game, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Mobile, Ala.
A 6-foot-2, 312-pound senior, Jones recorded 30 tackles, including 8.5 for losses, to go along with 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery this season. He is an integral part of a Wolfpack defensive line that ranked third in the ACC against the run at 132.2 yards per game.
Not only will Jones get to participate in the nationally televised all-star game, he will also have the ability to show off his talents both on and off the field to coaches and scouts from every NFL team during a week of practices leading up to kickoff.
Other players will be named to the Senior Bowl rosters in the coming weeks.