COLUMBUS — Maryland’s graduate transfer linebacker Keandre Jones returned to Ohio Stadium for the first time on Saturday as a member of the opposing team.
Jones, a Maryland native, spent three years at Ohio State and played in 33 games for the Buckeyes from 2016 to 2018. He played in all 28 games for the back-to-back Big Ten Champion Buckeyes in 2017 and 2018 and finished his Ohio State career with 29 total tackles.
He transferred to Maryland in the spring and has since become Maryland’s third-leading tackler this season with 53 tackles and leads the team with 12.0 tackles-for-loss, which is fifth-most in the Big Ten.
Jones finished the game on Saturday with eight total tackles and one sack.
While he certainly wished for a better outcome for his new team, being back in Ohio Stadium, facing his former teammates, and being in the visitors’ locker room for the first time was a heartwarming experience.
On the field after the game, the Buckeyes surrounded Jones and spent some time catching up with him.
In turn Jones, asked the Buckeyes to go win the National Championship.
The Buckeyes mob former teammate Keandre Jones. Jones asks them for one favor. pic.twitter.com/pLQZA2z6e5
— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) November 9, 2019
“It was a great opportunity for me to come back and be in front of my old teammates and see those guys after the game,” Jones said. “I kind of got surprised with all of them running up to me, it was a great feeling and I’m just happy to be in this position to face my old teammates. It was a great job by them and hopefully they have success for the rest of the season.”
Jones gave three years to the Ohio State University and most of those hours and days were spent with the teammates coming up to greet him after the game.
“It was a great feeling just to see those guys,” Jones said. “Guys I mentored — the 2017 class and my class is still there, the 2016 class, and all of the strength coaches. I put in a lot of time, three years to this program so it’s a great feeling to feel that love and support from this University.”
It was also the first time since he left that he has seen many of his former teammates.
“That was the first time I got to see a bunch of those guys,” he said. “It was actually a bit emotional for me, but I held my ground.”
Watch the Buckeyes show some love to Keandre Jones.