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.
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.