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