JoJo Mathis Breakout Season in 2016?

Percy Allen of the Times has a good piece on Jojo Mathis and his personal evolution in recent years. He was loyal to Sark, thought about transferring but stuck it out and is poised for a breakthrough season in 2016.

Last season he started 7 games and played in 11. He was tied for 5th in the Pac-12 with 2 forced fumbles. He finished the year with 30 tackles and 6 tfl’s. His play started to show at the end of 2014 when he had two sacks in the last three games. So he’s had 8 tfl’s in his last 14 games.

Keep in mind he hasn’t been a full time player as he was behind All-American Haouli Kikaha in 2014 and both Travis Feeney and Cory Littleton last season. Both combined for 28.5 tfl’s and 14 sacks last season.

Personally, I believe replacing those two (at the BUCK/OLB position) is the biggest question for the Dawgs heading into 2016. Jojo Mathis has “showed” so far in reserve duty and limited starter duty. A breakout season from him would help answer that question mark for the Dawgs.

Christian Caple of the News Tribune, who has been a guest on our show also wrote about Mathis here.