UGA’s Jones just misses Lombardi Award

Georgia’s Jarvis Jones didn’t win the Lombardi Award Wednesday night in Houston, finishing behind Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o for the honor going to the nation’s best lineman or linebacker.

Now the two linebackers will head to Orlando Thursday to see who wins the Bednarik Award for defensive player of the year.

Georgia's Jan. 1 game against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl could be Jarvis Jones's final college game.

Georgia's Jan. 1 game against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl could be Jarvis Jones's final college game.

Te’o has more tackles (103) than Jones (77) this season and more interceptions (7) than Jones (1). But Jones has more tackles for losses (22.5 to 5.5), more sacks (12.5 to 1.5) and more forced fumbles (7 to 0). Both recovered two fumbles.

Jones, Te’o, Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones and South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney were the four finalists for the Lombardi Award, and Jones, Te’o, and Clowney are the final three up for the Bednarik.

Te’o has already won the Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker.

He’s also one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, along with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. College football’s top honor will be bestowed Saturday.

Jarvis Jones was named SEC defensive player of the year and All-SEC first team by The Associated Press Monday.

112 comments Add your comment

UGA GRAD

December 5th, 2012
10:46 pm

Left Coast Dawg

December 5th, 2012
11:06 pm

Posts not posting??

Left Coast Dawg

December 5th, 2012
11:07 pm

….but Jones will be drafted before T’eo, so who’s the better player?

Athens

December 5th, 2012
11:07 pm

JJ should have won…….Tough to beat ND at any award when they hit the Top 10 once a score (20 years). Media loves them. Te’o is good. JJ is better…

Mike Luck

December 5th, 2012
11:09 pm

Left Coast Dawg: Will be interesting to see how their careers play out.

Mike Luck

December 5th, 2012
11:21 pm

Te’o has more tackles (103) than Jones (77) this season and more interceptions (7) than Jones (1). But Jones has more tackles for losses (22.5 to 5.5), more sacks (12.5 to 1.5) and more forced fumbles (7 to 0). Both recovered two fumbles.

George

December 5th, 2012
11:30 pm

JJ is a pass rusher and Te’o is a middle LB. Stat’s are for losers. Te’o is a great player and a first round draft choice just like JJ. He just happens to be on an undefeated team at ND. Both will be great in NFL.

Mike Luck

December 5th, 2012
11:39 pm

George, agreed on both being great players. The only stat that surprised me was that Te’o had no forced fumbles while Jones had seven. I imagine that’s a result of Jones hitting QBs.

pat way

December 5th, 2012
11:49 pm

No way Te’o is better than Jarvis or Clowney it is all about ND politics

Trouser Chili

December 6th, 2012
12:37 am

Conversely, T’eo had more picks than anybody this year didn’t he?

Texas Pete

December 6th, 2012
12:49 am

T’eo’s higher tackle count is just function of ND’s DL letting runners get into the 2nd level. Expect Teo to have a lot of tackles in the BCS Championship Game while Bama keeps getting 1st downs. He’s the next Keith Brookingseseseses!

BigDawg

December 6th, 2012
12:50 am

They are both game changers. but I am glad we have Jarvis rather then T’eo. Jarvis saved at least two games (Missouri and UF) and probably more for us! Thank you Jarvis for being a DGD! Who knows how this would have ended up if he hadn’t been banged up and if we didn’t play two triple option teams?!

SAWB

December 6th, 2012
1:05 am

T’eo plays for Notre Dame and his Girlfriend and Grandmother both died during the season. So, did anyone really think he was not going to win? These awards are nice, but only an idiot would think they in anyway really represent what the claim to. But, hey, congratulations Braddah…

7576DAWG

December 6th, 2012
4:03 am

And the media wants to know why the SEC hates Notre Dame so much. When they have a good team like they do this year there are so many Catholics in the Northeast where all the big media Head Quarters are located that with no team worth anything in the Big East or the Big 10 , all they have is Notre Dame. They didn’t know when Notre Dame scheduled Oklahoma, Southern Cal , Michigan and Michigan State that none of them where going to be great this year and without scheduling one of the 6 SEC that ended in the top 10 the only game that really gave any indication about how good Notre Dame was in 2012 was the Stanford team that really beat Notre Dame if the officials had made the correct call when the replay clearly showed Stanford scored before the running back’s knee was down.
Te’o is a great Linebacker but all he has is a bunch of tackles where Jones slaughtered Te’o in the categories that really make a difference in a game such as sack’s , forced fumbles and tackle for loss. Te’o will probably get all the awards but we will see whose accomplishment meant the most after the Pro draft. If Te’o get’s drafted before Jones then I guess they had it right but I bet Jones go’s ahead of Te’o and that will prove that the Catholic influence gave the awards to the wrong person.because of bias and hatred for anybody in the SEC. Either way the difference as to who is better is so small any bias would put Te’o in front where for example Manziel will win the Heisman because his accomplishment was so much more.

War Eagle

December 6th, 2012
5:12 am

Maybe if Jarvis knew how to tackle then he would have more than Teo.

The Truth...

December 6th, 2012
5:37 am

Lacy and Yeldon say hello,…..NFL GM’s say “hmmm?”…..situational pass rusher at best.

Douglas

December 6th, 2012
5:56 am

The Truth….I think you should change your name to, “The Lie…” because that is all you are.

Buddy Landel

December 6th, 2012
6:33 am

Douglas, given the way Bama had success running straight at him, there is some truth to what The Truth is saying.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
7:12 am

Another “came up short” for the dogs

Sorry dogs

You’re not as good as you think you are

Son of Bear

December 6th, 2012
7:14 am

In a semi-related story, UGA “Just Misses” SEC Title.

L O L !

ROLE, TIDE !!

Bnairedawg

December 6th, 2012
7:26 am

Buckeye, you’re still pissed like Herbstreet (who was QB) from the a@# whipping we gave you the last time we played OSU. Get over it that was 20 years ago.

ignition

December 6th, 2012
7:28 am

He wasn’t a game changer in the Alabama game, matter of fact he was a liability.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
7:31 am

bnairedog,

Recall the score?

SuperB

December 6th, 2012
7:32 am

The one difference: Jones lines up as a DE a lot of the time.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
7:34 am

bnairdog,

21-14 does not a whipping make.

If you want to talk whipping how ’bout 350 IYFMF Bama rush yards?

SuperB

December 6th, 2012
7:34 am

“Ignition” is an idiot. Alabama used two blockers on Jones (when he ws lined up as a DE) most he game, freeing up other players. He must not have seen the game– or just doesn’t know anything about football.

Delbert D.

December 6th, 2012
7:43 am

They play different positions in a 3-4. Maybe another award is warranted for 3-4 OLBs. The NFL draft boards have Jones listed as LB and DE.

Hunting Dawg

December 6th, 2012
7:43 am

JJ is a great player but he really did have issues throughout the year wrapping his arms around a ball carrier and bringing him down. All too often I saw him trying to “knock” a guy down instead of tackling him. He gave up a lot of extra yards as a result. That being said, I’m still glad that he is a DGD and feel he should reap the rewards that he deserves. Good luck in his future endeavours! Go Dawgs and kick some corn out of those huskers on New Years Day!

Hairy Dawg

December 6th, 2012
7:45 am

No way this should even be close… Jones numbers dominate Teo…

Joey

December 6th, 2012
7:48 am

“Another “came up short”…
************************
Probably happens regularly to you buckeye.

Don’t think it really applies to Jarvis though – he is projected 1st or 2nd pick in the NFL Draft.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
7:57 am

joey,

Trust me. He’ll be second.

Only in Moultrie

December 6th, 2012
8:01 am

All 4 of these players are outstanding. I think it just comes down to a matter of opinion and which one passes the “eye test” for you. While I think Jarvis is outstanding, I think Clowney is the most feared. He seems unblockable at times. Te’o is a good leader of an undefeated, over-achieving team that’s going to play for the national title. Plus, everyone knows his story as it was played countless times on ESPN. All are deserving.

Big Albany Dawg

December 6th, 2012
8:05 am

A line backer with 1 sack? And to think he’s a Heisman favorite? WOW

Buddy Landel

December 6th, 2012
8:10 am

Teo is a “stuffer” and plays the game at or just beyond the LOS. Think Jr. Seau

nate from detroit

December 6th, 2012
8:12 am

Te’o wears jarvis jones pajamas to bed at night. Te’o couldn’t wear Jarvis Jones jockstrap. If Te’o played anywhere but at the Great Lady he wouldn’t have even been a finalist for any of these awards.

ga gator

December 6th, 2012
8:19 am

Jarvis should of won but I imagine the votes from the SE were split between him, Clowney and Barret Jones.

YeahC'mon

December 6th, 2012
8:34 am

Good for Te’o. Think he deserved it over all the others. He has my vote for Heisman.

Joey

December 6th, 2012
8:35 am

Who’s gonna be 1st?

350 yards rushing

December 6th, 2012
8:42 am

He didn’t do much against ALABAMA did he mutts?

I guess he “just missed” on all those plays

AlphaDawg

December 6th, 2012
8:45 am

There have been 10 LB and DE in the SEC in the past 10 years with stats as good as or better than Te’o, some of those played on BCS champ teams and some played on 11 and 12 win teams and none were even invited to NYC. This is a reward for ND, nothing more. If he played for anyone else he’d get named a little bit but no invite. Jarvis and Clowney are the 2 best defenders in nation, OC have to game plan around both. I’m not sure how much you actually have to game plan around a MLB who cannot rush the passer?

And to the Truth above, Situational Passrushers in the NFL are usually the 2nd highest paid players on most teams behind the QB and in front of the LT and top CB’s of the league.

The Alpha Male

December 6th, 2012
8:47 am

30 million Catholics in America make anybody from Notre Dame unbeatable in any season they win more than 6 games. It’s a sham.

Alabama will show T’eo what real college football looks like…. I promise you, he won’t be a factor.

Captain Ron

December 6th, 2012
8:48 am

To WarEagle……..Jarvis tackled the entire Auburn offense by himself……..with his eyes closed!

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
8:52 am

dogs,

Go back and re-read the first four words of the blog

dawgfan

December 6th, 2012
8:52 am

The other day somebody compared Te’o stats with the stats of former Georgia linebacker Tony Gilbert. They were virtually identical. Assuming this post was true (a big assumption I understand) it tells me Te’o is overrated and definitely benefits from the Notre Dame media lovefest. I don’t recall Gilbert being up for any of these awards, let alone winning them. I bet you could find other solid, but otherwise non-descript, linebackers that could match up with Te’o stat wise too that weren’t up for awards like this. This is why everyone hates Notre Dame.

The lack of turnovers and tackles for a loss tell me that Te’o isn’t very aggressive and kind of lets the game come to him. The word SOFT immediately comes to mind quite frankly. He’s a good football player by good grief, the Heisman? Simply laughable.

I guess the moral of the story is that if you’re a good player and want to win a bunch of awards you need to go to Notre Dame. You’ll be a shoe in.

Thanks.

Erin "spike the ball" Murray

December 6th, 2012
8:55 am

Jarvis… should I spike the ball ????

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
9:04 am

dogs,

Repeat after me:

We’re #6! We’re #6!

SEC!SEC! Least
SEC!SEC! Least

Jacket Detective

December 6th, 2012
9:10 am

He ought to get the next one at least.
Anyone from the south vs a Notre Dame player has no chance.
Why doesn’t Notre Dame give an award to the ref who helped the most to keep them undefeated?

Joey

December 6th, 2012
9:16 am

At least the SEC! SEC!, including East Champ UGA is well represented in the National Polls.

You have to look hard to find a (non-cheating) Big10! Big10! team anywhere – and their champ had what, 5 losses?

Congrats on that . . .

Lonnie

December 6th, 2012
9:28 am

Truth and others who are discrediting Jarvis here is the deal. Nick Saban said that they had to abandon the pass because of Georgia’s edge rushers! The counter to all great rushers was to run @ them!!!!! Jarvis is a playmaker and caused one fumble in the Alabama game and let’s not forget one more play!!!!!

Cats Hav Fleas 2

December 6th, 2012
9:28 am

Te’o shouldn’t even be in the Heisman talk. To think he’s better than Jones or Clowney is comical!