Jones firing up UGA offense, doing ‘everything I can to get this program back on the right foot’

ATHENS — Ben Jones is entering his fourth season as Georgia’s starting center, and he’s determined to make the most of it.

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With both amusement and respect, teammates tell the stories of how Jones has taken it upon himself to fire up the offense this spring. After the unit’s worst practice of the spring eight days ago, Jones “got on us a little bit,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. Well, apparently more than a little bit. He was “screaming, yelling, pushing, going crazy, being Ben Jones,” Murray said.

By all accounts, the offense has performed much better since then, culminating with its best practice of the spring on Tuesday, when it won three of five head-to-head competitions against the defense.

On the day of Jones’ tirade, the offense lost all six drills against the defense.

“You go out there and lose every competition drill — that’s not acceptable,” Jones said Tuesday. “I wanted to make a point to the offense that we’re not going to sit out there and take a loss. We need to come out and change that. I wanted to make sure I got my point across to everybody.”

The main point is, Jones does not want his UGA career to end with a season like last year’s.

“I don’t want my senior year to go to waste,” he said, “so I’m going to do everything I can to get this program back on the right foot.”

A couple of other interesting observations from Jones after practice Tuesday:

  • On Murray: “He’s going to get better every year. Quarterback is a lot mental, and he works harder than anybody on the team. He’s probably about to watch film right now. He always watches film before meetings, after meetings, and he watches right before he goes to supper. He’s going to put the work in to get better.”
  • And on nose guard Kwame Geathers, whom Jones sees close-up in offense-vs.-defense practices:   “Geathers has really been doing good. He’s really coming off the rock on the defense. That’s really all I see — big Geathers right there.”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

And if you missed it, here’s an earlier story on Jones changing his jersey number this year to honor his late father.

123 comments Add your comment

Top Row Dawg

April 6th, 2011
11:22 am

Big Ben make this season special dude.

EW

April 6th, 2011
11:27 am

Talk is cheap. And that kind of cheerleading can turn some ppl off. But as long as he is backing it up with HIS play and HIS work ethic I think it can help.

Inlet Dawg

April 6th, 2011
11:31 am

I am fired up that somebody on the field is holding them accountable,now maybe someone on defense will step up and be a leader.

German Shepherd Dawg

April 6th, 2011
11:31 am

Ben Jones has led by example since he was a freshman. He’s more than talk,.

lil pup

April 6th, 2011
11:37 am

Good to see. Been a long time … prob back to Jon Stinchcomb … since we had one of the fat boys step up and take charge of the O. Hoped Boling might take that role last year, but think he too much the silent type. Jones has the right qualifications to lead this unit … seniority, peer respect,attitude, and physical presence

gdawginkalamazoo

April 6th, 2011
11:40 am

He is one of the better centers in the country, possibly a first round pick. If there is ever an NFL again.

Trojan

April 6th, 2011
11:40 am

EW: Blogging is cheap.

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
11:42 am

Some folks respond to coddling.
Others need a swift kick in the butt.

dawgster

April 6th, 2011
11:43 am

Thats what a leadership on a team can do for you..something that has been missing for awhile or at least on consistent basis…Hopefully we have some more guys stepping up and I believe a few of the new recruits may have those leadership qualities in them…best way to show it though is on the field…David Pollack comes to mind….go dawgs

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 6th, 2011
11:44 am

Boling could not talk to the media last season so who knows what kind of a leader he truly was in the lockeroom,practice and in film sessions. Damn, take it easy on a great departing Dawg!

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
11:44 am

Timmy, Georgia practiced yesterday and this is all you could write about? I read this 3 or 4 days ago. What happened yesterday?

dawgster

April 6th, 2011
11:45 am

Its a matter of time now, even hate to bring this up, but “Tide Roll” should be dropping in soon with his usual absurd comments about our O-line…just thought I would give everyone a heads up…if you don’t respond to him, he may go away without a fuss…go dawgs

GeoffDawg

April 6th, 2011
11:47 am

EW – Ben Jones has always backed it up on the practice and game field. What’s cheap is taking useless potshots at some kid for displaying the kind of attitude you would hope every player on your team posseses.

Tim Tucker

April 6th, 2011
11:47 am

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
11:49 am

Thanks Tim, somehow I must have missed that. My bad.

lil pup

April 6th, 2011
11:51 am

LowCountry … I’m crazy about Boling, love the guy and all he did for us. Great 4year starter and DGD. I don’t pretend to know what he was like in the locker room, etc. Don’t intend to be hard on him at all. But, just my opinion that he wasn’t an overt-type leader. If he had been an ass-chomper type… we would have seen so on the field more often… we would have read the occasional comment from other players (who were allowed to talk) about him getting in people’s face (see Murray comment about Jones).

Dawg Gone

April 6th, 2011
11:52 am

Good to see Ben fired up…we do well when that happens! Glad to see his comments in regards to Murray and the big K!

D A DoubleU G

April 6th, 2011
11:54 am

A nice solid, 150 days til’ kickoff!!!

I like what I am hearing from this team SO much more than the team this time last year.

Oh, what’s the over/under on “Tide Roll” showing up to talk about UGA’s O-Line, and that Greene kid he loves raving about? I am saying 12:23pm…….. takers??

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
12:00 pm

dawgster and D A DoubleU G, what time is his recess? And he will also mention James Carpenter and Chance Womack, what ‘cha want to bet?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 6th, 2011
12:04 pm

No problem, just reminding you of why you did not hear from him directly and to temper your judgement of what type of a leader he is/was.

BornADawg

April 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

It’s attitudes like this that make the all the players around you better. If a player doesn’t like this, well maybe he shouldn’t even be on the field if he is to passive to get fired up about getting your butt kicked. Hopefully, 3-4 more will step up and take this attitude, especially on defense…Go DAWGS!!

tampabigDAWG

April 6th, 2011
12:06 pm

First off, Tim, both this story and the one you said where yesterdays practice notes are both story that look very similar if not exactly like ones posted a few days ago. Maybe I shouldn’t get on here 3 times a day looking for new info on my DAWGS if the same crap is going to get repeated. Seems a little obscene I know. All I want to say without analyzing to much, is that I am excited about this year. I wasn’t very excited last year because of the rough changes and newbees. Pictures of these guys in practice already show them looking more conditioned and solid. I hope it last through the summer and into the fall.

dawgster

April 6th, 2011
12:08 pm

Actually I’m surprised we haven’t seen him yet, must be at a Bama practice….thata also a good bet with Carpenter and Womack…lets not forget about the Greene kid either…how about 12:20pm…

BornADawg

April 6th, 2011
12:08 pm

Our problems the last couple of years hasn’t been scoring thrity point )well, a few times) but giving up 31. Can’t wait to start hearing about Jenkins this fall. I think he is going to bring a real attitude and I have a feeling people might better listen…Go DAWGS!

HB

April 6th, 2011
12:12 pm

Trolls and troll baiters … both love keeping the nonsense alive

Morris

April 6th, 2011
12:37 pm

Blah, blah, blah.

Jones, firing up his teammates? Where’s the QB?

Jones, has a hard time blocking for runners, or pass protection.

We ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing, and gave up 25 sacks last year.

Gonna take more than screaming to fix that, that’s embarrassing.

sogadog

April 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

The Dawgs need a few more Ben Jones on the team.

Morris

April 6th, 2011
12:42 pm

Clowney got something special for Georgia and Ben Jones.

uga - the greatest program in the spring and winter

April 6th, 2011
12:45 pm

here we go again, cubs fans.

Jason

April 6th, 2011
12:50 pm

So, does this mean Ben is going to take more cheap shots at opponents from behind in order to keep his guys fired up? The only time we seem to hear about “Ben just being Ben” is when he’s going on a tirade. I’m still wondering if this team will ever stop making the mental mistakes at critical times. Going on tirades can be good sometimes, but if that is the only way to motivate it usually comes with the type of mental mistakes that result in all the personal foul problems that UGA has had over the time that Ben has been at UGA.

Wonderful-Ohio-On-The-Gulf Dog

April 6th, 2011
1:01 pm

You never can tell how much is hype and how much is reality, but you’ve gotta love it when your “best-in-the-conference” quarterback gets such media attention for hard work, preparation, and devotion to getting better.

BooMan

April 6th, 2011
1:04 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwwww….that’s such a cute little story. Maybe THuga can run around this year while they get their rear ends handed to them and scream and push each other and let us all enjoy these precious moments. So sweet!

JB

April 6th, 2011
1:07 pm

Jason….what ” perfect Angel” team do you support? We’d like to know.

Morris

April 6th, 2011
1:15 pm

Joe Cox studied film for 4 years at UGA.

Went 8-5.

Sometimes film study doesn’t help.

Reg

April 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

Auburn averaged 32 points a game against winning teams.

Our offense, anchored by Jones, 11th in the SEC, at 18 points a game.

Why CAN’T THIS TEAM AVERAGE 30 POINTS A GAME AGAINST WINNING TEAMS?

WHY DOES EVERYBODY CHOKE AGAINST THE GOOD TEAMS???

That’s PATHETIC!!!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

April 6th, 2011
1:23 pm

Sometimes I will bark at a player to fire him up. Yesterday, I barked and snapped at one of the running backs and before I knew what was happening . . . he had a knife! Now, I let Ben Jones do most of the shouting.

Troll Power Ratings

April 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

Sometimes film study does help. Had you rather your qb study film, or not? Thanks for the profound observation, Morris.

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

No. You are wrong. Had he not studied film, it would have been worse.

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
1:25 pm

Maybe you techies would appreciate Ben Jones more if he would just “punch ‘em in the face”.

cantondawg

April 6th, 2011
1:27 pm

Dawgster,

Tide Roll annoys me too. But we do have to give him credit for two things.

1) He’s smart enough to get out of Alabama and live in Ga
2) He’s rather blog with intelligent GA fans than the inbred hicks from Alabama.

I guess his philosophy is “I’ll cheer for Alabama” as long as i don’t have to live or talk to you.

DawginLex

April 6th, 2011
1:35 pm

I wish we had Erk around to train Ben Jones on how to deliver a cheap shot that actually works without the ref seeing it.

If Erk was around last year, Fairley would still be walking with a limp.

Ben Zambiasi was the meanest SOB on a football field I ever saw and he would knock your head off 24/7 and made people pay for running near him. Some called him dirty. I called it effective.

We need more of that.

PTC DAWG

April 6th, 2011
1:51 pm

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2011
2:10 pm

REg, I think I can answer that question. Last year Auburn had a very good offense. Last Year UGA did not have a very good offense. Does that solve the scoring dilemma for you?

UGA Insider

April 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

I have been telling myself and others this off-season that 2011 is another rebuilding year…. However I have been to some practices this spring and I’m pretty impressed. We look like a much stronger unit that enjoys putting on the pads each day. Coaches tell me off the record that they look for 4 or 5 true freshman to come in and compete from day 1. I would imagine it is one of the safeties, one of the LB’s and the kid from Wilcox Co who many expect to win a CB spot.

As of now I feel ok about our recievers. I hope Conley can come back because we have to find a guy who can make a play on 3rd and 10 in a tight game. As of now I don’t see him yet other than Charles. But as we have all seen Bobo tends to shy away from TE’s in big game situations for some reason. He better change his way of thinking this year.

If we can find a big-play reciever this COULD be a big time turnaround season for UGA. The schedule is pretty easy after USC and sets up nice. I like this team chemistry as of now.

DawginLex

April 6th, 2011
2:29 pm

Insider,

i too believe that 3 or 4 of the freshmen are going to start:

Drew-LB
Marshall-CB
Crowell-RB
Conley-WR

This is a problem too. Starting 3 or 4 true freshmen in the SEC, with 2 of them being on defense puts you at risk. Fortuntely, the schedule lacks elite teams and we will find out quickly if Boise is elite or not. I believe not.

It is crazy to predict wins and losses 150 days away from kickoff but if this team does not win at least 9 games, they will have underachieved.

1eyedJack

April 6th, 2011
2:43 pm

DawginLex, I think Damian Swann is more likely to start at CB and Mitchell at WR. Hopefully we’ll have somebody come out of left field ala Kenarious Gates. Maybe a Sanford Seay at WR or a Cootie Harrow at SS.

Ron Smith

April 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

I love “being fired up” as much as anyone but unfortunately that doesn’t show up in the won-lost column. I’m sure the UGA football team was fired up playing against Colorado and in the Liberty Bowl last year. They seemed particularly fired up in last years games against Florida and Auburn as well. I hope they stay fired up but more than that I hope they are in good condition, have an exceptional coaching staff, know how to block, catch the ball, score touchdowns and stay out of jail. I am a total Dawg fan although I went to another SEC school

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2011
3:01 pm

They have pretty much been widely ON the record with that haven’t they?

AltamahaDawg

April 6th, 2011
3:04 pm

We don’t need to get too hung up on the term “start” when discussing freshmen contributions.

markie mark

April 6th, 2011
3:12 pm

RUSS…I missed ya pal….glad to see your back….