In his first season on the Tulsa coaching staff as cornerback coach is Derek Jones.
Jones spent the 2005 season as the cornerback coach at Middle Tennessee State University. The Blue Raiders' defense showed vast improvement statistically from the previous year. MTSU's defense ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference and 32nd nationally in pass efficiency defense and also ranked 30th in the nation in pass defense and 34th in interceptions.
Before his one-year stint at MTSU, Jones spent five seasons (2000-04) at Murray State serving as the cornerback coach and recruiting coordinator. Jones coached seven all-conference performers in his five years.
In 2004, Jones' secondary played a major role in Murray State ranking 11th nationally in total defense and 23rd in scoring defense in Division I-AA. The Racers ranked second in pass defense in the Ohio Valley Conference and 40th nationally. A year earlier, the Murray State defensive unit ranked first in pass defense in the OVC and fourth nationally.
He entered the coaching ranks at his alma mater, Mississippi, in 1998 as a graduate assistant for football operations and recruiting. He served as a defensive graduate assistant a year later.
As a player, Jones was the team captain for the 1995 and 1996 seasons and earned second-team all-SEC honors as a junior and senior cornerback. Following his senior season, Jones was selected to play in the 1996 Blue-Gray All-Star Classic. He was also a standout in track and field at Ole Miss, earning all-SEC honors in the 4x400-meter relay and reaching the nationals in that event as well.
Jones earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from Ole Miss in 1996. Following graduation, Jones played professionally for the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League. An injury ended his playing career in 1998.
A native of Woodruff, South Carolina, Jones was an all-state selection in football and track at Woodruff High School.
Jones, 32 (6-6-74) and his wife, Naketa, have one daughter, Madison. He has another daughter, Darquibha, 14.
Alma Mater: Mississippi `96
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