04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 20. OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia (6-2, 245, 4JR)...While he was a productive pass rusher in Athens, Jones has a few concerns moving to the next level -- mainly his take-on strength and length to shed blockers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/24/2013 - Jarvis Jones: "If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the Steelers" ... The Saints hold the 15th selection and new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could be interested in a player with Jones' skill set (it's a popular scenario in our CBSSports.com mock drafts). But if New Orleans passes on Jones, the next logical landing spot is Pittsburgh at No. 17. It's so logical, in fact, that Jones thinks that will be as far as he slides. "If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the Steelers," he told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. "I mean, from what I've been told, I don't think I get past the Steelers."
Like the rest of the world, Jones hasn't been able to avoid the mock-draft deluge in recent months, but he's wisely not putting much stock in them (which is more than we can say for, well, us).
"Then you got the people that do the mock drafts, they say I'm way down here," Jones said. "I talk to the coaches, all the coaches don't think I'm gonna get past a certain point, so, coaches -- for me personally -- the coaches are on something different than all the analysts on TV at home. So, for me, I'm listening to the coaches, because they're the ones that have the draft picks." - Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 3. Jarvis Jones, Keenan Allen will prove 40-yard dash times irrelevant...The 40-yard dash might be the most iconic measureable of the combine workouts but it is just one small factor among the many that scouts must take into consideration when grading prospects. As such, don't expect NFL teams to worry too much about the poor showing that Georgia pass-rusher Jarvis Jones or California wide receiver Keenan Allen had in this event during their respective pro day workouts.
Jones, who was timed at 4.91 seconds in the event, led the country in tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles in 2012 despite being the top priority of every SEC offense he faced. Allen is a big-bodied receiver whose savvy route-running, soft hands and toughness make him one of the safest of a solid class of pass-catchers. Teams that routinely draft in the top 10 do so because they let silly numbers like 40-yard dash times overtake the impressions made after years of dominant play on the field. Consistent draft-day winners focus on the on-field results. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/28/2013 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Jarvis Jones might benefit from position switch...Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at Georgia's pro day on Thursday for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in approximately 40-degree temperatures. Among the notables in attendance at the pro day were New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese, Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, and Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim.
Jarvis Jones, LB (6-2 5/8, 249) - Jones - who chose not to work out at the combine (which didn't help alleviate concerns over health) - ran the 40 in 4.92 seconds on each of his runs. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.69 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.43 seconds. He also performed 20 strength lifts. Jones worked out as both an outside linebacker and defensive end at the pro day. There is sentiment that Jones' best position in the NFL might be as a pass-rushing defensive end. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/11/2013 - Jarvis Jones' neck injury a 'non-issue,' report says...According to a report by Dan Pompei, Jarvis Jones' neck injury is a "non-issue" after leading orthopedist Craig Brigham cleared the Georgia linebacker of any serious problems. Pompei added in his report that "there is little chance he will fall out of the top 10." Jones' short- and long-term durability has been a question mark throughout the draft process because it has long been reported that Jones suffers from a condition called spinal stenosis. Or basically, he has a narrowing between the C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck. However, in a medical report that was sent to all 32 teams, Brigham says Jones never had a significant spinal cord contusion and it's more likely he had a very mild incident of spinal cord concussion or merely a stinger that has long since resolved. Brigham added in his medical report that "Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction."
Jones suffered a shoulder stinger in 2009 while playing at USC and wasn't cleared to return to the field by the team training staff. He transferred to Georgia and passed their medical tests in 2011, producing gaudy numbers on the field the past two seasons. Jones missed a few games due to injury while in Athens, but nothing that was related to his prior neck issues. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/11/2013 - Jarvis Jones' neck injury a 'non-issue,' report says...While the positive report is a good sign for Jones, it's important to keep a few things in perspective. NFL teams who are interested in possibly drafting the 2012 SEC sacks leader will perform their own due diligence on his injury background. Brigham is considered one of the top doctors in his field so teams will certainly keep the report in mind, but at the end of the day, NFL decision-makers will trust their doctors and training staff on whether or not Jones' durability will hurt his pro potential.
Similar "positive" reports surfaced before the 2011 NFL Draft regarding the questionable health of DaQuan Bower's knee. However, NFL teams remained skeptical due to their own medical reports, and the Clemson defensive end was taken off some draft boards completely. Bowers, who was once considered a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick, ended up falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round as the 51st pick overall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/11/2013 - Jarvis Jones' neck injury a 'non-issue,' report says...While the long-term diagnosis is tougher to predict, Rob Rang reported at the combine last month Jones passed the medical evaluation of several teams. It's also important to note that durability isn't the only concern with Jones as his lack of elite strength to take on blocks and quickly disengage are also reasons he could fall out of the top 10 on draft day.
Bottom line, any positive diagnosis regarding Jones' health can't hurt his draft stock, but it's important to remember that NFL teams will trust their own medical staff when it comes to Jones' durability. Teams need to feel comfortable with the long-term diagnosis in order to take him in the top half of the first round, and those discussions at team headquarters will remain behind closed doors. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/05/2013 - ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, will televise the annual University of Georgia Pro Day on Thursday, March 21. Approximately 17 Georgia draft-eligible players will be participating under the direction of scouts from what is expected to be most of the 32 NFL teams. The coverage will be live from Georgia's Woodruff Practice Fields beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The event is not open to the public. ESPN3 Event Link: http://es.pn/UGA-Pro-Day-2013 - Georgia football
03/03/2013 - Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones said Sunday that reports of him falling out of the first round due to concerns for his health are unfounded, and the consensus All-American says he's spoken with more than 20 teams. Jones, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2009, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has been medically cleared to play and that plenty of teams are showing interest in him. "That ain't true," Jones said of the reports. "People are still talking to me. Nobody has taken me off the board. The doctor said I was fine and cleared me and the combine went fine for me. I was cleared medically. Teams know my situation. Everything went great. I did everything they asked me to do. I'll have my pro day [at UGA March 21], and then I'm going to meet with a whole lot of teams."
A report a couple weeks back -- citing a league source -- stated that teams were inclined to stay away from Jones, especially in the first round. Jones did not participate in last week's athletic portion of the NFL Combine, though he did meet with teams and the media. "People were telling me teams do that because they want me to drop to them because they don't have high picks," he told the paper. "I can't control none of that. I know what teams were telling and I know what doctors told me. So I just focus on what I can control, which is trying to be the best football player in America." - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 21 - Georgia, Miami (Ohio) ... Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones decided not to work out at the combine despite being fully healthy, which will put more emphasis (and pressure) on his pro-day performance. His long-term durability will ultimately determine his draft stock, but scouts also need to see Jones work out to feel better about drafting him in the top half of the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/2013 - In a draft lacking superstars, the most productive player in the class has decided not to participate in the athletic drills at the Combine. Georgia pass-rusher Jarvis Jones, who led the country in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) and ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 8 overall prospect, will instead wait for his Pro Day on March 21, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Scouts are disappointed in Jones's decision not to compete in Indianapolis, but he'll still be forced to undergo the most important test he would have had to pass at the combine -- the medical.
Jones, 6-2, 240, was diagnosed with spinal stenosis while playing at Southern California. The team doctors there refused to clear him, and he wound up transferring to Georgia. After sitting out the 2010 season, he proved to be a dominating rush linebacker in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme, earning First Team All-SEC honors the past two years. Spinal stenosis -- the narrowing of the spine -- is a condition that was cited for the early retirement of former San Diego left tackle Marcus McNeill.
Jones passed the initial medical check given to him at the Combine, but it will be up to the doctors employed by each team to determine his ultimate draft status. Jones's murky medical grade could lead to him earning a top six pick in April's draft, as I project in my mock draft or slipping significantly further, as Dane Brugler projects. Jones hasn't missed any time due to neck issues while with the Bulldogs but missed two games in 2012 due to variety of relatively minor injuries to his ankle, groin and shoulder. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/2013 - Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones will skip this week's NFL Scouting Combine and instead focus on the school's pro day, his representative announced Thursday. There are many questions surrounding Jones' health, namely a concern with spinal stenosis. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spoke to that issue this week.
"Unfortunately, there is nothing he can do to alleviate the medical concerns," Mayock said Monday, according to the paper. "He either has stenosis or he doesn't, and it's either continuing to narrow his spine or it isn't. Coming out of the combine in a month or so, we'll have a better idea of that when teams begin to share all that medical information."
Jones was a consensus first team All-American in 2012 and projected to be the top outside linebacker selected in April's NFL Draft. Whether his bowing out of the combine is related to his back issue is unclear. Jones' draft status may take a hit due to growing medical concerns. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: With scouts having seen most of the top prospects "on the hoof" over the fall and getting a second look at them on the "catwalk" before senior all-star games, the official measuring of heights, weight, hand and arms conducted during the combine is only occasionally newsworthy ... except when it comes to underclassmen, whom scouts often haven't seen up close yet.
Besides the stenosis issue, Georgia's Jones also has some concerns on the field. While athletic and aggressive, he struggles to disengage blocks and can be too easily engulfed by blockers. Scouts are interested to find out his exact measureables, including arm length as he often struggles to extend, stack and shed blocks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 5. OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia...A productive SEC pass rusher, Jones will probably test well in the drills, but his combine performance will be judged based on his medical evaluation. His "spinal stenosis" issue is something that should allow him to have an NFL career, but for how long? The long-term diagnosis is tough to predict, but the evaluation from the training staff in Indianapolis will carry a lot of weight. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: One of the more polarizing prospects in this year's first round is Georgia's Jones. While productive and talented, he does have some questions to his game on the field. But Jones' biggest concerns might be off the field due to a condition called spinal stenosis. Although he has reportedly been cleared and given the OK to pursue a professional football career, the long-term effects of the injury is what worries scouts. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - With college teams using hybrid defensive schemes, more and more pass rushers are entering the NFL as linebackers or stand-up edge rushers. Teams want to get the best athletes on the field and, in some situations, they lack the bulk to line up in a three-point stance as a down lineman. However, they have the athleticism and versatility to play all over the front-seven and rush from different angles. These rushers will be considered defensive ends by some NFL teams, linebackers for others.
The most intriguing linebacker in this class might be Georgia's Jarvis Jones, who put up staggering numbers as a SEC pass rusher the last few years. However his injury situation will create some doubt for teams selecting in the first half of the first round. While his medical check-up at the combine will be crucial, so is the long-term diagnosis, and even if Jones passes in Indianapolis with flying colors, he's not out of the woods just yet. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 6. Georgia: Given all of the supposed future NFL talent the Dawgs had in 2012, they certainly seemed to underwhelm (No. 6 in the SEC in total defense and in scoring defense). But they'll still really, really miss OLB Jarvis Jones, who had 24.5 TFLs and has declared for the NFL Draft, and they'll also miss two others who will enter the draft: leading tackler Alec Ogletree as well as big DT Kwame Geathers (40 tackles, five TFLs). Expect rising sophomore Jordan Jenkins (eight TFLs) to emerge one of the Dawgs new stars in 2013. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/04/2013 - Georgia junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler. Jones is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 3 overall prospect, projected as a top-10 pick in recent mock drafts.
A First Team All-SEC performer, Jones broke Georgia's single-season sack record (14.5) in the bowl game, finishing the 2012 season with 85 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. A Georgia-native and USC-transfer, he leaves Athens with 28.0 career sacks, leading the conference in this category the past two seasons.
Although not limited to a 3-4 defense, Jones' best fit at the next level will be on a defense that allows him to stand up and rush the passer, needing room to operate. He is explosive athlete with the quickness and range to make plays all over the field and attack from different angles at the line of scrimmage. He will draw comparisons by many to Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, but Jones doesn't have the same body type or power to consistently shed once engaged.
Additionally, his medical history will be a hot topic over the next few months due to a condition known as spinal stenosis, which could affect him down the road in his career. Based on his ability, Jones projects as a first round pick, but the injury concerns could push him down several draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/2013 - Jarvis Jones didn't know he had set Georgia's single-season record for sacks. The Carver High graduate had a look of genuine surprise on his face when a member of the media asked him how it felt to break the record previously held by Bulldogs great David Pollack. "Did I break it?" Jones asked, looking at the reporter and then at coach Mark Richt, eliciting a big smile for his head coach. "I didn't even know."
That should come as no surprise, of course, since neither sack came in a fashion familiar to Jones. The bone-shattering hits and forced fumbles that Georgia fans had become accustomed to over the course of the past two seasons weren't present in the Bulldogs' win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Instead, Jones was credited with two sacks without touching Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez on either play. On his first sack, Jones chased Martinez when the quarterback left the pocket and took off toward the right sideline. Martinez fell to the ground 3 yards before the line of scrimmage with Jones in the vicinity.
Jones tallied his second sack when he broke free toward Martinez in the pocket, forcing the quarterback to throw the ball away. Martinez was called for intentional grounding, giving Jones two sacks for the game and 14.5 for the season. - David Mitchell, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Jarvis Jones is having another All-America-caliber season. Jones had two sacks in the SEC title game against Alabama to increase his sack total to 12.5 this season. Jones also has a whopping 22.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and an interception. - The Sports Xchange
12/31/2012 - Junior linebacker Jarvis Jones hasn't said yet that he's leaving for the NFL, but if he does go as expected, he'd like to live up to the No. 1 ranking that ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has for him. "If I decide to come out, I'm going to train to be No. 1," he said. "I'm not just going to train to be in the top 10 or top five, I'm going to train to be the No. 1 draft pick." - Marc Weiszer, DogBytes Online
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: LB - x-Jarvis Jones (Unanimous), Georgia, 6-3, 241, junior...Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. Currently, Jones leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game (.64) and tackles for loss per game (2.05). He was named the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year last week and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team. In addition, Jones was named to the All-SEC Coaches first team. - Georgia football
12/16/2012 - The general assumption is that Jones, a fourth-year junior, will declare for the NFL draft as soon as the season is over. It could even be sooner. Jones' decision might be obvious, but he doesn't sound disingenuous at all when he talks about how happy he is being a college player. "It is a tough decision," Jones said after Friday's practice. "I mean I've got a bunch of teammates, man, that look up to me and I lead every day. I've got a family that I want to support and a mother I just want to give reward to. My nieces and my nephews. And the people back in Columbus that support me the most. And the Bulldog Nation, as well. I know they don't want to see me go."
Then Jones pointed out at the Georgia practice field. "I wish this could be my NFL career and play how long I want to in college, just to be here every day," he said. "That'll be fine. And just be around these guys all the time." But players don't get paid in college and find themselves having to catch a ride from teammates. Jones, who overcame a tough upbringing in the Columbus area, appears to know that the riches of the NFL will be too much to pass up. "But it's all about just experiencing new things and growing in life," Jones said. "And that's how you've got to look at it. I'm sure if I stayed things would be great. If I leave, things will be great." - Seth Emerson, The State
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3 241 Jr., Columbus, GA...Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. Currently, Jones leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game (.64) and tackles for loss per game (2.05). He was named the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year last week and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team. In addition, Jones was named to the All-SEC Coaches first team. - Georgia football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: LB - Jarvis Jones, junior, 6-3, 241, Georgia...Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. Currently, Jones leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game (.64) and tackles for loss per game (2.05). He was named the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year last week and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team. In addition, Jones was named to the All-SEC Coaches first team. - Georgia football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: LB Jarvis Jones, Jr., Georgia...Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season. Currently, Jones leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game (.64) and tackles for loss per game (2.05). He was named the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year last week and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team. In addition, Jones was named to the All-SEC Coaches first team. - Georgia football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jones has recorded 77 tackles this season, including 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games. Jones currently leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game. Jones is one tackle for loss shy of David Pollack's single season school record. - Georgia football
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): LB - Jarvis Jones (Unanimous), Georgia, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jones has recorded 77 tackles this season, including 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games. Jones currently leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game. Jones is one tackle for loss shy of David Pollack's single season school record. - Georgia football
12/05/2012 - 2012 SEC AP DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jarvis Jones, Georgia...Jones has recorded 77 tackles this season, including 22.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games. Jones currently leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game. Jones is one tackle for loss shy of David Pollack's single season school record. - Georgia football
11/29/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones again showed his versatility in a 42-10 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Though he's most feared as a pass rusher, he had no problem defending the Yellow Jackets' option attack, recording nine tackles and 1.5 TFLs. Jones, when healthy, has been one of the most feared defenders in the nation this season. He will certainly be picked early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season stats (10 games): 71 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 19.5 TFLs, 6 forced fumbles, 30 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones is ranked third overall, and he's the highest-ranked outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs face Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. Jones will be tested by perhaps the best overall OL in the nation. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/29/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST: Jarvis Jones (Georgia)...A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss of 107 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only 10 games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.0) with 24 in two seasons and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (1.6) with 39 through this season and last. Jones has also been named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards.
He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances during wins at Missouri and versus #3 Florida. - Georgia football
11/22/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones, who is up for multiple postseason awards, has been the best overall defender in the SEC this season when healthy. He had another strong day (6 tackles, TFL, FF) helping Georgia defend Georgia Southern's option-attack offense in a 45-14 win for the Bulldogs. He'll be under a huge microscope in the postseason with the Bulldogs heading to the SEC Championship Game and potentially the BCS National Championship Game.
Season stats (nine games): 62 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 18 TFLs, 6 forced fumbles, 28 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones is ranked as fourth overall, and he's the highest-ranked outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs face Georgia Tech on Saturday. Don't look for Jones to pile up too many sacks against the option this week. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/21/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S BEST LINEBACKER): Jarvis Jones, Georgia (Jr.)...A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 62 tackles, including 18.0 tackles for loss of 101 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only nine games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.0) with 24 in two seasons and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (1.6) with 37.5 through this season and last. He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances during wins at Missouri and versus #3 Florida.
Jones has sparked a defense that has given up a combined 19 points (one touchdown, four field goals) during the team's last three SEC victories. During that span, Jones has tallied 20 tackles, including five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Jones earned All-America honors last season after leading the SEC and tying for fifth nationally with 13.5 sacks to go along with 70 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss. - Georgia football
11/21/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER): Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga.): Explosive playmaker for the 9-1 Bulldogs. Despite missing two games due to injury, Jarvis has made 56 tackles (37 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 100 yards in losses (first in the country, 2.13 per game), of which 10.5 are sacks for 80 yards in losses. He has one interception and returned it for 21 yards. He has two pass breakups, 28 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles (second in the country) and two fumble recoveries. He was twice named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week this season for his efforts in wins over Missouri and Florida. Jones is the fifth Georgia finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which was won by Champ Bailey in 1998 (other finalists were David Pollack, 2002 and '04; Justin Houston, 2010). - Charlotte TD Club
11/21/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALIST (COLLEGE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR): Jarvis Jones, University of Georgia Outside Linebacker...Jones has 17 tackles for 100 yards in losses (first in the country, 2.13 per game), of which 10.5 are sacks for 80 yards in losses. He has one interception and returned it for 21 yards. He has two pass breakups, 28 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles (second in the country) and two fumble recoveries. - Georgia football
11/21/2012 - 2012 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST (COLLEGE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): Jarvis Jones (Georgia)...Jones, a junior, is the leader of the Georgia defense, and has helped spearhead the Dawgs to a 10-1 record, No. 3 BCS ranking and a berth in the SEC Championship Game. For the season, Jones has posted 62 tackles, 18 stops for loss, 10.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He has accomplished this while missing the better part of two games while battling injuries. - Georgia football
11/17/2012 - Scouts would be wise to notice Nagurski finalists: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia*: When healthy, Jones has been the most consistently disruptive of this year's finalists. Having missed two games this season, Jones currently leads the country in average tackles for loss per contest, posting 2.13 per game (17 total) and is second in the country in sacks per game (1.31). Adding to Jones' appeal is the fact that he's been especially good in high profile contests, especially against hated rival Florida (13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced and recovered fumbles) that earned him acknowledgement as the Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week -- the second week this season he's been so honored (Missouri).
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Jones is a terror off the edge rushing the quarterback, but he's also instinctive, physical and passionate against the run and in coverage. Of the four potentially draft-eligible prospects on this Nagurski list Jones is NFLDraftScout.com's highest-rated. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/14/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones had another big day in Georgia's 38-0 win over Auburn on Saturday. He had four tackles, two TFLs, two sacks and five QB hurries. His improved health over the past three weeks is a big reason the Bulldogs have allowed 19 points in their past three games against Florida, Ole Miss and Auburn. In total, Jones has moved opponents back 100 yards this season with his 17 TFLs -- an average loss of 5.9 yards per TFL. Season stats (eight games): 56 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 17 TFLs, 5 forced fumbles, 28 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones is ranked as fourth overall, and he's the highest-ranked outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs face Georgia Southern on Saturday. The triple option will be a unique challenge for Jones and the Georgia D. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/07/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: He was relatively quiet in a win over Ole Miss on Saturday with just three tackles. That doesn't diminish his value, especially since he's just a week removed from one of the most dominant defensive performances of the year against Florida (13 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR). Barring a major injury, Jones is expected to be one of the top few picks in the 2013 draft. Season stats (seven games): 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 15 TFLs, 5 forced fumbles, 23 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones is ranked as the fifth overall player, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs' next game is at Auburn. Expect Jones to be a nightmare matchup for a shaky Auburn OL and a true freshman QB, Jonathan Wallace. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/23/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones' battle with an ankle injury hasn't changed his status as the top overall draft prospect in the SEC. He missed his second full game due to the injury in the Bulldogs' 29-24 win over Kentucky on Saturday. Still, Jones remains a versatile defender who can rush the pass or drop into coverage. He'll need a strong second half of the season to maintain his lofty draft status. Season stats (five games): 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 15 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones remains fifth overall, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs' next game is against Florida. Jones returned to practice on Monday and is expected to play. Georgia will need him against a Florida team that averages 213 yards per game on the ground. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones, one of the SEC's best defensive players, will miss Saturday night's game against Kentucky with an ankle injury, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Jones, who is third in the conference in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (9.5), made the trip to Lexington but had trouble practicing this week. The No. 13 Bulldogs, coming off a bye and a disappointing 35-7 loss to South Carolina on Oct. 6, should be fine without him. Kentucky is winless in conference play. Freshman Jordan Jenkins is expected to start in Jones' place. Jones is widely regarded as a first-round NFL draft talent. The Bulldogs are hopeful Jones will be ready for the storied Florida-Georgia rivalry next week in Jacksonville. - Jeremy Fowler, CBSSports.com
10/16/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones was off this week, but he is one of the most versatile defenders in the league. He has the strength to be a feared pass rusher, but he's also athletic enough to play in space. Season stats (five games): 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs, 3 FFs, 15 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones remains fifth overall, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Bulldogs' next game is at Kentucky. Jones should have a field day playing against a banged-up Wildcats squad that has struggled with multiple injuries at QB. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/10/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones had four tackles and a sack in Georgia's 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Saturday. After a huge start to the season, he's been relatively quiet the past two weeks. He'll need another game-changing play soon to keep the top spot. Season stats (five games): 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs, 3 FFs, 15 QB hurries, INT. Player ranking: Jones remains fifth overall, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Georgia is off on Saturday. The Bulldogs' next game is at Kentucky on Oct. 20. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/02/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: Jones didn't have any huge plays against Tennessee on Saturday, but he still was in on eight tackles. Teams have to game plan around Jones, so even in games where he doesn't cause a turnover or get a sack, he frees up other teammates to make plays. Season stats (four games): 33 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, INT. Player ranking: Jones dropped from third overall to fifth overall, but he remains the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Georgia plays at South Carolina on Saturday. Three of the best pass rushers in the league will be on display between Jones and South Carolina DEs Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/25/2012 - SEC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia: Why he has the top spot: After sitting out Week 3 with a minor groin injury, Jones was back on the field against Vandebilt on Saturday leading the Bulldogs to a 48-3 victory over the Commodores. He had seven tackles and a sack in the winning effort. The Commodoes only managed 106 yards on the ground in the game. Season stats (three games): 25 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, INT. Player ranking: Jones remains ranked third overall and is the second-highest outside linebacker in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Georgia plays Tennessee on Saturday. The Bulldogs held the Vols to negative rushing yards in 2011. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: OLB JARVIS JONES (Georgia) -- Tallied seven tackles, with three for losses (-22 yards), including a sack, against Vanderbilt. - SEC football
09/19/2012 - Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is back at practice and expects to play when the fifth-ranked Bulldogs host Vanderbilt on Saturday. The junior sat out last week's 56-20 victory over Florida Atlantic, allowing him to rest a groin injury. But he made it clear Tuesday that he intends to play against the Commodores. Jones says he "ready to get out there and just pick up where I left off from." He strained his right groin before the Missouri game, but played through the pain in perhaps the best performance of his college career - two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception that he nearly brought back for a touchdown. Jones won numerous defensive player of the week awards, but Georgia decided to rest him against overmatched Florida Atlantic. - AP Sports
09/15/2012 - After a dominant performance that earned numerous defensive honors, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is sitting out against Florida Atlantic because of a nagging groin injury. The No. 7 Bulldogs decided this was a good time to rest Jones with the Owls followed on the schedule by seven straight Southeastern Conference games. Jones is in uniform and came out on the field for the coin toss as one of the captains. After that, he watched from the sideline, cheering on his teammates. Last week, Jones had perhaps the best game of his career in a 41-20 victory over Missouri with nine tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and his first career interception. He wasn't the only defensive star sitting out for Georgia. Safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree remain suspended. - AP Sports
09/13/2012 - Maybe the "Honey Badger" will impact the 2012 college football season after all. LSU junior cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is ineligible this year, but the first Southeastern Conference defensive player to earn an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony may have started something. Georgia redshirt junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones could make it two in a row for SEC defenders should he continue to perform at the lofty level he displayed last Saturday at Missouri. The only defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy was Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997. "Charles Woodson was a beast during his time, but Honey Badger definitely opened up some doors in this era right here," Jones said. "The dude was a ball hawk and made a lot of plays." ESPN came out this week with a half-dozen potential Heisman ceremony invitees, and Jones made the list along with Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Jones did his share of ball-hawking during last week's 41-20 whipping of the Tigers, tallying nine tackles, two sacks, a 21-yard interception return in the fourth quarter that led to a 1-yard touchdown drive and a forced fumble moments later that led to a 5-yard touchdown drive. His dominance took place before the largest ESPN2 audience ever (4.12 million viewers) for a Saturday college football contest. - David Paschall, Chattanooga Times Free Press
09/11/2012 - Georgia wasn't about to let Missouri make history in its SEC debut. Behind a big-play defense and a strong passing game, the Bulldogs rallied to win at Missouri 41-20. Georgia started slow, but closed the game out with 24 straight unanswered points. "I'm proud of the boys and the job they did," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "Two things we talk a lot about at Georgia, 'G.A.T.A.,' or getting after it, and finishing the drill. I thought the guys did a good job of that." Georgia took its first lead of the game late in the third quarter, going ahead 24-20 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Murray to receiver Marlon Brown. After stopping a Missouri fake punt attempt, Georgia extended its lead to 27-20 on a 41-yard Marshall Morgan field goal. Two big plays from Georgia All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones sealed the win for the Bulldogs in the first quarter. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: Jarvis Jones, Georgia: The play-making LB's stock is through the roof after another huge week. He was all over the field in a 41-20 win over Missouri with nine tackles, two sacks and an interception returned for 21 yards. How high could the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Jones go in the draft? Both CBSSports.com draft analysts Dane Brugler and Rob Rang have him going in the top three picks in their lastest mock drafts. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - LB Jarvis Jones had the first interception of his college career and returned it 21 yards to the Missouri 1-yard line. "I actually thought it was a touchdown; they didn't give it to me," Jones said. "But you have to take what you can get and we came out of here with a big win. A lot of people thought we were going to come in here and get upset." - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2012 - Jones intercepted a pass from Missouri quarterback James Franklin and returned it 21 yards to the Missouri 1-yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run from Todd Gurley that put Georgia ahead 34-20. Later in the fourth quarter, Jones stripped Franklin on a sack. Georgia cornerback Damian Swann recovered the fumble at the Missouri 6-yard line. That set up a 6-yard touchdown run from Georgia running back Ken Malcome to extend Georgia's lead to 41-20. "A lot of people thought we were going to get upset," Jones said. "That's what everybody at ESPN was saying. But the guys stayed confident, the coaches kept us pumped up and the Bulldog Nation came out and supported us. Missouri threw their punches, but you have to play the whole game." - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: LB Jarvis Jones. Jones continues to carry a Georgia defense without four starters due to suspensions. Against Missouri, Jones finished with an interception, two sacks, a forced fumble and nine tackles. Jones' sack and strip of Missouri QB James Franklin in the fourth quarter helped seal the game. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia...Jones had the second-most tackles for the Bulldogs (9), two sacks/TFLs, an interception, two forced fumbles and five quarterback pressures during Georgia's 41-20 victory over Missouri. Jones now has 16.5 sacks over his last 16 games and 24 tackles for loss in that span and is leading the SEC in TFLs this season. Jones' first career INT came midway through the final quarter with the Bulldogs up 27-20 as he managed to grab the pick and return it 21 yards to the Tiger 1-yard line. On Missouri's next possession, Jones sacked James Franklin for a loss of 11 yards and forced a fumble that the Bulldogs recovered deep in Tiger territory. - SEC football
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 NCAA NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarvis Jones was all over the field in Columbia, Mo., making sure Missouri knew what it was going up against by joining the SEC. The versatile linebacker was second on the team in tackles and caused a pair of turnovers that led to two touchdowns within a minute to put away the road win. Jones had an interception and 21-yard return and then forced a fumble less than 60 seconds later that led to a quick TD and the final 21-point margin. He also added 2.0 sacks and helped the Bulldogs rushing defense as they allowed just 102 yards on the ground. - NCAA.com
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: With 7:27 left in the game, Mizzou may have had plans for late heroics. Gary Pinkel's team had played well in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Jones made sure the Mizzou faithful would go home unhappy, however, by forcing a fumble on the Tigers' very next series. He did so back in his customary role of rushing off the left side, where he blew by left Elvis Fisher (a legitimate NFL prospect himself), and chopped the ball away from Franklin's right arm as the athletic quarterback was rolling away from him. For his terrific effort, Jones was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week. Months from now, he could earn even greater acknowledgement for his game-changing plays - when he earns a first round selection in the 2013 should the redshirt junior choose to make himself eligible for it. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
09/10/2012 - Week Two Rewind: On a weekend in which there were some very impressive performances from linebackers all across the country, Jones may have best taken advantage of the big stage. Jones, who led the SEC with 13.5 sacks a season ago, notched another one against the Tigers and their highly mobile quarterback James Franklin. Jones officially was credited with eight total tackles, including his sack, and forcing not one but two game-changing turnovers that turned a 20-17 Missouri lead in the third quarter into a comfortable 41-20 win for the Bulldogs. NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 rated prospect for the 2013 draft, Jones fooled Franklin midway through the 4th quarter by dropping into middle coverage instead of rushing off the edge as he normally would. Not anticipating Jones being there, Franklin threw the pass directly to him. Jones returned the interception 21 yards to the one-yard line, setting up Todd Gurley's plunge to give the Bulldogs a commanding two touchdown lead at 34-20. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftscout.com
09/09/2012 - WEEK 2 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Junior, Linebacker, Columbus, GA/Carver...Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones had nine tackles (6 solo), two quarterback sacks, one interception and one forced fumble as the 7th-ranked Bulldogs defeated Missouri, 41-20. Jones added one pass breakup for Georgia, now 2-0 on the season. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Coach Mark Richt said he's concerned how Georgia's secondary will handle Missouri's bigger, physical receivers. "Not only can they go downfield and make plays, but they do a lot of receiver screens, so our guys will have to make tackles in space," Richt said. "Their receivers are also very good blockers." Georgia's defense will likely remain depleted against Missouri because of injuries and suspensions. It will be important for Georgia's front seven to get pressure on Missouri QB James Franklin and remain disciplined enough to keep him from getting long gains scrambling downfield. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Jarvis Jones is already off to a strong start with 1 1/2 sacks. He'll be counted on to make big plays and lead Georgia's defense until its injured and suspended starters return. - The Sports Xchange
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY NOTABLE PERFORMANCE: Jarvis Jones, Georgia. Led Bulldogs with 8 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (one sack), a forced fumble and pass broken up in 45-23 win over Buffalo. - Lott IMPACT Trophy
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 9. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: As the featured pass rusher in Georgia's 3-4 scheme, Jones led the SEC with 19?? tackles for loss and 13?? sacks, demonstrating not only natural rush skills but impressive overall athleticism and a high-revving motor. As productive and passionate as Jones was in 2011, NFL teams will be sure to check out the neck injury that led to his transfer from USC, where he had originally signed as a highly regarded prep in 2008 and played as a reserve in 2009. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/10/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT GEORGIA PLAYER: LB Jarvis Jones - Really, this is a toss-up between Jones and redshirt junior QB Aaron Murray. But Jones proved he was an impact defensive player last year, leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) while forcing two fumbles and recording 19.5 tackles for loss. Jones will likely get more attention from offensive gameplans this season, but it should free up his teammates to make big plays as well. - The Sports Xchange
08/07/2012 - Jones is a fourth-year junior for the Bulldogs, and after this season will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft. He was eligible last year, but ruled it out quickly, even though many analysts thought he had a chance to be a first-round pack. Following Tuesday's morning practice, Jones sat for an extended interview with reporters, including myself, and got to talking about his expectations for himself, how blessed he felt about, well, everything in his life. At one point, I asked when he was graduating from UGA. "I graduate in the summer," he said. "Next summer." Then Jones gave me a smile and a look. After a few seconds, he laughed, because everyone knew what the natural next question would be. To Jones' credit, he decided not to wait for anyone to ask it. "Man, we got a long season ahead of us. Prediction or anything in that such, I'll just let it play out," he said. "I know where you're trying to get me to go with it. But you know, if I'm blessed to have the opportunity, I think our coaches and (those) around the Bulldog nation will realize. "But as far as now, you know, we're in training session for camp, and that's what I'm focused on, making myself and my teammates better. The next move, man, it's gonna be down the road, which I don't know what it is yet. I'm just trying to take it in stride: Carpe diem, and seize the moment that I have right now. And that's getting better." Jones was then asked if he had heard from people surprised that he hadn't left after last season. "You get some people that are like: I would've taken the money, or I would've did this," he said. "It ain't all about the money. A lot of guys could've left and made money. But they sacrificed their careers to come back here to get better. Become legends of the university." - Seth Emerson, The Macon Telegraph
08/07/2012 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE NON-QBS: 3. Jarvis Jones Georgia, OLB: The USC transfer was the star of a fierce Dawgs defense in 2011, notching an SEC-best 13.5 sacks to go with 19.5 tackles for loss. Jones, though, should be even more valuable and is higher on this list when you consider that Georgia is expected to be without several key defenders early on while it deals with suspensions for discipline: Among those are starting cornerback Sanders Commings, safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alex Ogletree. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OLB Jarvis Jones (178), Georgia, Jr., was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OLB - Jarvis Jones, Georgia, ... Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Jarvis Jones, junior, LB, Georgia, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. Jones has already been named to a lengthy list of preseason watch lists. He has been included on the lists for the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy, the Butkus Award and the Lombardi Award. - Georgia football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
07/19/2012 - It hasn't been the easiest of offseasons for Georgia's Mark Richt, what with the flurry of off field arrests, suspensions, dismissals, and now his team being anointed the SEC East favorite by the media at this week's SEC media days. "I hope the media's right this time," Richt quipped at the media days podium. But Richt said he was just as optimistic as ever for the 2012 season, thanks primarily to so many players' decisions to return to Athens instead of heading to the NFL. "I know we had a group of draft eligible players at the end of last season that tested the water for the NFL Draft. 10 of them did that," he said. "One of them who didn't do that was (linebacker) Jarvis Jones, who was draft eligible, probably could have been the highest pick on the team last year. He jumped right out immediately and said 'I'm coming back, I've got things to improve on as a player and a person.' He said he wanted to do great things at Georgia with his teammates. "I think that was the catalyst for some other guys to decide to stay as well. 9 out of 10 guys did stay. That bodes well for the leadership of this team ... I think it was very, very exciting for Georgia the day all those guys decided to stay." - Jerry Hinnen, CBS Sports
07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jarvis Jones, Georgia, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign. - Georgia football
05/23/2012 - OLB Jarvis Jones said the defense was ahead of the offense early in spring drills. "Our defense being much older than our offense right now, especially up front, our offense is grinding it out," Jones said. "We're making plays. They're getting a bit frustrated. That's what we want. We want to put them in situations, so they can learn and they can improve in those situations." - The Sports Xchange
05/15/2012 - THE TOP 10 DEFENSIVE (NON) CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN FOR 2012: 1. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia - To make hay in the Heisman race as a defender, you must make plays. Jones does just that. He was all over the place for the Bulldogs last year, making 70 tackles, with 19.5 of them for loss, plus 13.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 pass breakups. He's on the short list for all the defensive awards, so the spotlight will be on him. If he has another big year, Heisman voters might be inclined to take notice. - Heismanpundit.com
05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB, 6-3, 240 (Columbus, Ga.): Led SEC with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in breakout season...Led Bulldogs with 70 tackles...Named first team All-American...Team captain and MVP...Butkus finalist...Transfer from USC. - Lott IMPACT Trophy