Another key piece to Michigan’s offensive line is headed to the professional level, as Trente Jones just announced on social media that he will be forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility for the 2024 NFL Draft.
A four-star in the recruiting class of 2019, Jones did not see much game action until the 2021 season, the first of back-to-back Joe Moore Award-winning units. He played in all 14 games that season in a reserve role, and parlayed that into the starting right tackle job to begin the 2022 season. However, after suffering an injury in the game against Indiana that year, Jones was relegated to backup status yet again in favor of Karsen Barnhart.
For the rest of the 2022 season, and for a majority of 2023, Jones came off the bench as the designated sixth offensive lineman. But after right guard Zak Zinter suffered a season-ending leg injury against Ohio State, Jones took over at right tackle as Barnhart moved over to right guard.
During his time in Ann Arbor, Jones appeared in 39 games with 10 starts, and was a four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree. He wasn’t the flashiest offensive lineman during his time under Jim Harbaugh’s leadership at Michigan, but he was one of the more trustworthy and consistent performers you could ask for. He took his reserve role pridefully, telling The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb as much during bowl prep for the Rose Bowl.
All in all, the NFL is getting a good one. Jones is one of the easiest dudes to root for, so hopefully he flourishes at the pro level.