Q&A: UGA LB Jarvis Jones ‘never really stressed’ about NCAA probe

Q&A WITH JARVIS JONES

Once again, here’s the quick version of what I heard from Jarvis Jones regarding the NCAA’s ruling yesterday that he’d done nothing wrong and would be eligible to play this season. In a nutshell, Jones said he was never concerned about it because he knew his family background and knew he hadn’t done anything against NCAA rules. So he kind of downplayed the “big relief” angle. Here’s some of his comments (will update with story later):

Q: What are your feelings on getting the favorable ruling from the NCAA yesterday?

JJ: “It’s great to finally get it over with. I can go on into the season and prepare the best we can for the Boise State game. I had great support with compliance and everybody in the whole building. So it’s out of the way now and we can move on now and get ready for the first game.”

Q: Big relief to get news?

JJ: “It’s been the same for me. I’ve been preparing the same way. It never bothered me. I never stressed about it, not one day. Now that it’s over we can prepare the best we can.”

Q: Who’d you call first after you got word?

JJ: “I didn’t call anybody. Everybody was texting me. I knew I was good the whole time.”

Q: How did you know you were good?

JJ: “Because I knew I didn’t do anything. I knew the situation was good from the get-go. It was just some business some people had to go through and investigate what they had to and they handled it real well.”

Q: So you were certain how this would turn out?

JJ: “Absolutely. I knew my situation from the get-go so that’s fine. I never stressed about it. In the end it came out good and we can keep rolling.”

Q: Noticed you had three sacks today. Were you playing a little freer knowing this stuff was behind you?

JJ: “My main thing every time I step on the field is to go hard and try to make myself better and make my teammates better. That’s what we did today. Just having fun, that’s what I did today.”

Q: Your impressions of today’s scrimmage?

JJ: “We learned a lot. People got a little tired today. It was hot out there and it was our first time we’ve really been in the stadium. People had fun running around down there a little and we definitely got better on both sides of the ball. Can’t wait until the Boise State game.”

Q: We never hear anything about your neck anymore. Is that still an issue?

JJ: “It’s not an issue. A lot of stuff that goes on, for me, I deal with it and never stress about it. I’m in the best shape possible now. I’m just getting better and pushing myself to be the best player I can be.”

Q: Maybe you weren’t stressed about it but weren’t some of the people around you?

JJ: “Absolutely. Some people it did affect. Some of my teammates asked me about it. But now it’s out of everybody’s head and we can prepare the best way we can.”

Q: We heard Todd Grantham was pretty excited about it.

JJ: “Coach Grantham is a great coach. He loves me. He wants the best out of me. So when he found out about it he was excited to be able to prepare for the first game.”

Q: The reality is you haven’t played in a real game for a long time. What’s your feelings knowing your going to strap on a uniform and play for real in a few weeks?

JJ: “It’s very exciting. I’ve been off for a year and a half you could say. So to step back on the field and get a chance to play again, especially at Georgia, one of the best places in America, it’s exciting. I can’t wait to get out there and show my fans, my friends, my family, what we can do.”

Q: So the bottom line here is you had a long, preexisting relationship with persons who provided benefits for you?

JJ: “If you read the reports, it tells you that the people that were involved have been in my life since a young age . . .  11 or 12. It’s been quite a while. Those people still mentor me; I still talk to them and they’re still my family.”

Q: Looking at the stats from today’s scrimmage, it looks like the No. 1 defense was pretty dominant. That accurate?

JJ: “You can look at our No. 1 defense and you can tell we’re having fun and making plays. Everybody knows the system, so that allows us to play faster and have more fun. When you know what you’re doing you can play fast and have fun and make plays and love on each other. And that’s what we’re doing. . . . The second-team offense is still learning what they’re doing. They’re still young. But the coaches are doing a good job of teaching them what to do. So we’re learning on both sides of the ball. It’s a learning experience for them and they’re helping us with our techniques, too. We’re both learning.”

Q: So what are your personal goals for the season?

JJ: “I just want to be in the best position to help my team improve and excel the best way we can. Whatever it takes, whatever position the coaches want to put me in, that’s where I want to be at. So I just want to have fun and make plays.”

Q: What are your impressions of freshman linebacker Amarlo Herrera?

JJ: “Herrera’s going to be a great player. He’s gotten huge since he’s been here. He’s learning a whole lot. He’s just developing. Our whole freshman class is unbelievable. They’re all developing, learning the system, they’re pretty fast. I think all of them are going to be great.”

Q: What about your boy Isaiah Crowell? What have you seen from him?

JJ: “Isaiah is doing real good. He’s picking up the system. He looked real good and the offensive line looked real good. He’s just getting better. The sky’s the limit for him.”

100 comments Add your comment

Randall "Pink" Floyd

August 10th, 2011
3:44 pm

D A DoubleU G

August 10th, 2011
3:45 pm

Love what I am hearing from this kid.

Excited to watch him develop into a damn good dawg!!

sUGAr_daddy_DAWG

August 10th, 2011
3:51 pm

There doesn’t seem to be many big ME, little team members on the team this year.

Frank Lane

August 10th, 2011
3:53 pm

Sounds like a broken record but playing a very good tune.

anotherdawg

August 10th, 2011
3:56 pm

Very impressive comments! No energy vampire there!

Maconbulldog

August 10th, 2011
4:01 pm

” Can’t wait until the Boise State game.” Jarvis Jones.
Hmmmm he must be ready to hit somebody! Go Dawgs

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 10th, 2011
4:02 pm

#29, looks like he is going to make that number pretty special in Athens.

DawginLex

August 10th, 2011
4:05 pm

Remember last summer?

AD drunk-DUI gets fired
Numerous arrests
Wondering about AJ

We are way ahead this year.

honest_abe

August 10th, 2011
4:05 pm

real question is who gets to be called jj????

The Goat

August 10th, 2011
4:06 pm

One of the most encouraging things I’m gleaning from reports this year is that we finally have some people on D that want to (and are excited to) hit people. Ever since Rennie left there haven’t been too many. Dent and Gamble were great LBs but I want to see some opposing RBs hesitating before they hit the hole and I think #29 can instill that fear in them.

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2011
4:06 pm

Todd Granthams’ once in a lifetime career opportunity… he knows it… right place at the right time… he;s a great coach… has the players… the schedule… just watch… Junkyard Dawgs are BBAAAACCCCKKKKK !!!

on the down low

August 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

quick ….tell JJ no sportin ear bling or tattoo’s so the NCAA wont come sniffin around again.

Jborodawg

August 10th, 2011
4:07 pm

The pundits made a big deal out of Jarvis’ situation. Maybe I shouldn’t blame the pundits, since there was an NCAA investigation; can’t ever tell what those people will do. But he knew all along it was no big deal. I really like his “team first/have fun” attitude.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 10th, 2011
4:09 pm

Agree Destin this starting group on Defense looks to be uber talented. Second year in the 34, Grantham should be licking his chops with th esize and speed on D.

Dawgs21

August 10th, 2011
4:09 pm

love the team first attitude. man, he is quickly becoming one of my favoites, id imagine it wont take long for him once he hits the field. By all accounts he is a STUD

Spanky

August 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

Gosh! Think of the affect this kid could’ve had last year, had he been able to play! Thank you, 29, we’ve needed a leader like you!! BTW- kinda seemed like the same questions were asked over and over…yet JJ handled it like a pro!

Jones to the NFL?

August 10th, 2011
4:18 pm

We need Jarvis to have a huge season on that strong side. That will free up CW or Preacher to make some big plays on the weak side, too. Last year, we only had the weak side covered. Here I am worried about the following season, but Jarvis can go pro after this season. I guess it is a good problem to have… Tech rarely has any players good enough to leave after just 3 years removed from HS.

h2o

August 10th, 2011
4:37 pm

Tech has a better overall record than UGA the last two years.

Tobias Funke

August 10th, 2011
4:38 pm

GATA, indeed.

See people, its a learning process. That’s why they call it practice. Who cares about the stats. I can’t wait to see #29 crush Moore.

h2o

August 10th, 2011
4:40 pm

from 11-3 to 6-7 for GT, —- from 8-5 to 6-7 for UGA

h2o

August 10th, 2011
4:42 pm

get AFTER uga

Quaid

August 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

h20, yet GT has lost to UGA the past two years. They could of won the ACC twice and they still wouldn’t be state champs.

Newnandog

August 10th, 2011
5:07 pm

All the nerds on here wish they had a player like this kid. He is a beast! The only difference between us Dawgs and the techies is that we wake up every morning knowing we are winners, they wake up every morning wishing they were. Get off our blog Losers!

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

I ain’t go no more worries now, man”……Jarvis Jones.

“……..except…..man…..you know…..I hear there might be vampires lurking around here…..ready to suck the blood out of me……seen any vampires I can report to coach?”

Whiskey Breath

August 10th, 2011
5:10 pm

So the AJC is going to withhold blogging when the home team coaches make moves? Funny
Richt comes up with another gimmick ( Energy Vampire ) and you don’t even give the readers the opportunity to comment? I don’t know who is the funniest is, the AJC or CMR?
Do you Ga guys think it is some kind of secret that Richt can’t motivate? This energy vampire has to be the best gimmick he has ever come up with.
Go Dawgs

East Repeat

August 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

OMG, UGA has hired Cynthia Tucker. I know i can agree with all UGA football fans and be very dissapointed. Damn, and the team was having such a good summer. This could cast a jinx on the entire university. An outrage, no doubt.

bucket

August 10th, 2011
5:15 pm

Cautiously optimistic about the team this year because I think the defense will be significantly better in Grantham’s 2nd year. Nick Saban is considered the best defensive coach in college football and it took him a year to get Alabama rolling on defense. I like what Jarvis said about the D playing fast. It’s impossible to do that when you are not fully submerged in the scheme. Also, Grantham is going to have some beef with speed on the dline this year that was sorely lacking last year. With just a little more defense last year 6-7 could have been 10-3.

drbasic

August 10th, 2011
5:17 pm

Did everyone notice most questions were put to as “you”, yet every response was “WE”. JJ appears to be a good man and team player. I know every time last year a question was asked to one of our “cancers” the reply was always me, me me. Many people whom do not keep up with all Georgia, sees only a 6-7 record team returning not much, however I feel there will be many people surprised at this revival of the 2011 team. I expect no blowout of Boise nor SC, but I do expect wins. Take note of all the names of those that exist now on this blog that spew dribble over years past. They will no longer be here come sept. 11. My beloved dawgs are BACK and they will prove it nationally!

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:19 pm

…..now…..completely realize…..I am just having fun…..and I am not a moron, an idiot, a troll, a gator that likes other male gators…..or the such…nothing but a football fan having fun with the vampire thing…..

bucket

August 10th, 2011
5:20 pm

BTW, I think the energy vampires thing is a great idea. There was way too much negativity coming from a couple of coaches and some players on the team last year. Thankfully those guys (players and coaches) are not around anymore, but this is a way for Richt to remind the team that he doesn’t want that behavior to be reconstituted.

Jarvis Jones

August 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

You know…..if all us players dress in “black” and we get all the Dawg fans to black out the stadium in JAX this year….we will certainly be highly motivated and beat the Gators this year….maybe paint some vampire teeth next to the “G” on the helmets to motivate us the day of the game…..yeah….that’s the ticket. Hey….black goes with the “vampire energy” thing, too. Yeah….black…yeah….vampire teeth……yeah….SEC East, SEC, and National TItle.

Bob

August 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

Anyone notice that Donnan settled his lawsuit by returning about half of what he stole? I’m glad to see UGA get away from Donnan’s schyster, Tolley, and using someone who actually helps us. And, I’m ready for Boise.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

He says “we” so he won’t be accused of being an “Energy Vampire by his teammates.

drbasic

August 10th, 2011
5:28 pm

@TampaGator

I realize you are having fun and can tell it. Most (not all) but most of the time when you do talk football, we can carry on a civil conversation. I hate the gators with a purple (or blue and orange) passion, but to say they suck, or whatever, would be ludicrous, their record from past years speaks for itself. I believe the Dawgs will put it to them this year (i did last year also) but it remains to be seen. This year could be very interesting in the SEC.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

Jarvis……go get a Boise QB in the Dome, son. The SEC needs you to help make the conference look good. Good luck. I hope you have a fine season and career at Georgia….exept on one fine day in November in JAX every year.

Shhmyrna

August 10th, 2011
5:29 pm

Richt got that vampire thing from Coach Smith. The falcons went 13-3 last year. I’ll take it.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:33 pm

drbasic…..

The Gators are looking mighty fast, mighty big, and mighty good so far in practice….and very well coached. Even Brantley is looking good….and Muschamp had a lot of high praise for Driskell, Brissett, and Murphy…the freshmen backup QBs….after practice today. He also said Rainey and Demps are looking great runnning out of the I-formation…(p.s. Rainey ran a 4.2 40 in practice, slightly ahead of the 4.23 of Demps…..now that is some real quick RBs).

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:35 pm

There has never been any “Energy Vampire” boards on the Falcons training facility. That was Richt’s idea from reading about how energy can be drained by vampires on your team. The two are not mutually related, motivational concepts.

drbasic

August 10th, 2011
5:37 pm

@TampaGator

Dang that is some speed. I believe Brantley will be fine. Are guys down there having the same hamstring issues that we are? I am all for our new S&C program, but just seem to think we have these petty issues of slight injuries way to often.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:38 pm

drbasic….

yep…just funning. But I will let it go soon, I promise. Got to go with a good thing for a while, though. Please….take down Boise and South Carolina for us….we are counting on the Dawgs. Come to JAX undefeated and ready for battle.

Joe

August 10th, 2011
5:40 pm

“I can’t wait to get out there and show my fans, my friends, my family, what we can do”

WOW have been waiting a few years for a statement like this….notice what he said…..”WHAT WE CAN DO”….no I….. finally a team concept

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:43 pm

drbasic….

funny you said that (no pun intended). The Gators instituted a new weight training program a couple of years ago, a very intense program of building strength and speed (and similar to the one your coach used this summer)…..and several Gators went down with serious hamstring, feet, and muscle injuries at the start of practice that year. The program was then modified the next year to include exercises and other routines to limit that from happening….and it has not been a problem so far this year. Those tight muscles and tendons in the legs and feet can easily go pop….if they are trained too tight, too fast…..might be an issue in Athens.

Bob

August 10th, 2011
5:43 pm

@TampaGator…was their speed hand timed by their coaches? Just asking.

drbasic

August 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

@TampaGator

Nothing would be finer than to see FL Ga battle it out both being undefeated, what a day for the SEC that will be! I live out here in Texas now (lets not even talk heat) about 5 miles from the TCU campus and 90 minutes from the Longhorns. Different ballgame out here, I just can’t get into them. I am so SEC nothing seems to be able to compare or match up. TCU is very quick and well coached but not SEC caliber i don’t care what anyone says, and I see it up close. You would not believe all the articles and comments on Muschamp leaving here, but most were happy (simply because of last season) I believe he will do the Gator nation proud very soon

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:55 pm

Bob….

Don’t know….but Demps has been timed by the Florida track coach at a flat 4.2 in the 40…….and at 9.8 in the 100meters…..and Rainey regularly beats Demps in the 40….but not in the 100. Rainey is quicker….but Demps is faster….but both are total burnners.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:57 pm

drbasic…..

I have a very close friend who just took a job in the area you now live…..and he loves it there….teaches at TCU now. Taught at USF before. His wife is from there and he agreed to move back to make her happy. Being a Gator….I am not sure he is as happy as she is.

drbasic

August 10th, 2011
5:57 pm

@TampaGator

Enjoyed the football chat, gotta, run, my better half told me to go fire up the grill, i told her no need, just toss them out on the driveway, they will be well done in about 5 minutes!!…lol….later

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

One day closer to kick off. Have a nice evening, Dawg fans.

tom

August 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

Hey Chip, What is the latest on Turene?

UGAKEV

August 10th, 2011
6:10 pm

Remember Dawg fans, sometimes things are really bad before they get good again…I think we have got through the bad and are on our way! I live in Columbus and watched Jarvis Jones play football and basketball many times. I always thought he should of been a 5 star recruit coming out of high school. I have not seen many kids as physical and athletic as he is and have no doubts what he is going to bring to our defense this season. Isiah Crowell I believe will be a special player as well as he has great vision and is athletically gifted in everyway. It’s scary because Crowell is the second best running back I have seen in columbus in the past 10 years. The best running back was Dantrelle Savage who went to Oklahoma State. But thats no knock on Crowell because Savage was a beast. If Crowell works hard he could be better than Savage in college because he is more gifted physically. I love what I am hearing so far on Crowell….GO DAWGS GATA!