ATHENS – The Georgia Bulldogs received a lot of accolades following Saturday’s 24-20 win over Florida. Weekly awards and national recognition have been rolling in for individual player performances in the the game.
But probably the biggest treat as far news for Bulldogs fans is Jarvis Jones’ assurance on Monday that he plans on hanging in college for a good while longer.
Jones, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week, for his performance against the Gators, met with UGA beat reporters early Monday afternoon to discuss that and his recent nomination as a Butkus Award semifinalists. The Butkus annually goes to the player deemed to be the nation’s best linebacker.
As a redshirt sophomore — he sat out one season after transferring to Georgia from Southern Cal — Jones (6-foot-3, 241 pounds) is eligible to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. As was inevitable with the season he’s having, Jones was asked he was considering that option.
“Not at all,” he said without a moment’s hesitation. “I’m going to be here as long as I can. I mean, I love the university, I love the guys here, I love being in Athens. Most of all, school’s going to come first. And I love my coaches, too. Right now I don’t feel like I’m ready to play in the NFL anyway. I’ve still got a lot to learn.”
Jones looked pretty well-versed against the Gators this past Saturday. The outside linebacker and pass-rushing specialists recorded four sacks — the second-most in a single game in school history — five tackles overall and forced a fumble that Georgia recovered and led to an eventual touchdown.
In addition to the SEC award, which he shared with Arkansas’ Jerry Franklin, Jones’ performance also reaped him the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, the Rivals.com SEC Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Player of the Week honors.
“It’s been great,” Jones said. “I think I’ve dealt with it well. It was a big game and I expect it was for the rest of the guys around me. It was Florida and we hadn’t beaten them since ‘07. So we’re proud and walking around with our heads held high right now. But we’ve got to keep pushing and getting better every week.”
Jones now leads the SEC with eight sacks in eight games and is ranked fifth nationally. He helped anchor a defense that held the Gators to minus 19 yards rushing and a single offensive touchdown. In fact, Georgia’s defense has allowed just six touchdowns in the past 24 quarters.
Here’s a few other news and notes stemming from the Bulldogs’ victory in Jacksonville: