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Return of linebacker Cam Jones gives IU football another key defensive veteran

Indiana linebacker Cam Jones appears to be coming back for a fifth season in Bloomington.

The Memphis, Tenn. product made an announcement on his Twitter page on Sunday.

“I’m excited for what the future holds not only for myself, but for Indiana Football,” Jones wrote in the post.  “Thank you to everyone who has made contributions to my life. It’s time to go to work!”

Jones accompanied his post with a graphic indicating his one word for the upcoming season, something required of everyone in the program, and a clear signal he intends to return.  Jones’ one word is “work.”

Jones has appeared in 42 career games.  A two-year starter, he made his first career start in the 2020 season opener against Penn State.  A 2020 and 2021 team captain, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2020.

IU’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2018, Jones began his career at the husky position before moving to linebacker during the spring of 2019.

Over four seasons he has 154 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defended, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Jones is one of several defensive veterans on the back seven coming back in 2022, including Tiawan Mullen, Jaylin Williams, Devon Matthews and Bryant Fitzgerald.

Tallen to be preferred walk-on

Sam Tallen, nephew of former IU linebacker Terry Tallen, announced on Sunday he will join the IU football program as a preferred walk-on.  He attended Bloomington Central Catholic in Illinois.

Terry Tallen was a starting linebacker on the 1979 Holiday Bowl team and the primary donor for the Tallen Football Complex, featuring the new IU locker rooms under the west stands of Memorial Stadium opened and dedicated in 2019.

Sam Tallen trained with another former IU linebacker, Marcus Oliver.

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