Originally joined the Memphis program in 2010 and saw his first playing time in 2012 as a sophomore.
Played in all 12 games as a sophomore registering 15 total tackles ... In addition to playing time on defense, saw action on special teams where he registered six knockdowns ... Established a career high for tackles with five total stops in the opener against UT Martin ... Had three tackles including an assisted tackle for loss the following week at Arkansas State ... Registered two tackles including one for an assisted tackle for loss against East Carolina ... Had two tackles against UAB in the "Battle for the Bones" ... In addition to a tackle, had a third-down pass breakup in the first quarter of the Tigers' 42-24 win over Southern Mississippi.
Joined the Tigers after fall camp...Redshirted during the 2010 season.
Lettered as a sophomore at John W. North High in Riverside, Calif., before transferring to Bolton High (Memphis, Tenn.) for the remainder of his prep career...As a senior at Bolton he recorded 54 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries...Was voted a team captain in 2009 and awarded best team defensive lineman honors...Competed in the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star game and the Tennessee East vs. West All-Star game...Also spent time on the Wildcat track and field team, competing as a thrower.
Melvin Lamar Jones is the son of Melvin and Anita Jones...Born May 12, 1992, in Long Beach, Calif...His uncle Millicent played basketball for Alabama State University ... Sports and Leisure Management major.