Georgia’s Jarvis Jones says he’s not considering an early exit for NFL

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:

  • Georgia senior left tackle Cordy Glenn was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week. The 6-5, 348-pound native of Riverdale graded out at a team-best 82 percent with three “intimidation” blocks while starting his 41st consecutive game for the Bulldogs. A captain for the third straight contest, Glenn was a part of an offense that racked up 185 yards on the ground and 354 total yards as the Bulldogs have now scored 20 or more points in every game this season. Glenn also helped give quarterback Aaron Murray time to direct a comeback from a 17-3 early deficit. Georgia finished 3-for-3 on fourth down conversions in the game, scoring touchdowns on a pair of them.
  • Also on Monday, senior cornerback Brandon Boykin was included among 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the top defensive back in college football. The SEC has seven semifinalists on the list claimed the last two winners of the award (Eric Berry, Tennessee, 2009; Patrick Peterson, LSU, 2010). Georgia has never had a Thorpe winner. The award is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. A native of Fayetteville, Boykin has started in 32 career games, including the last 16 for the Bulldogs. For the year, he has recorded 31 tackles and his seven pass break-ups, 5.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions are all second on the team. Boykin has also totaled two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble this year, is the SEC’s active leader and fourth in conference history with 2,393 kickoff return yards (24.42 average) and has returned four punts for 43 yards this season.
  • CBS is now considering the Georgia-Auburn game for its national broadcast on Nov. 12.  The SEC’s primary television rights holder exercised its six-day option on Monday, meaning and it will wait until Sunday to decide what games it wants to televise the next weekend. CBS will choose between Georgia’s home game and Alabama at Mississippi State, Florida at South Carolina and Tennessee at Arkansas. The game could also be played on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. or ESPN at 7:45 p.m.

237 comments Add your comment

bob

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

jarvis is the man

bob

October 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

CHDawg

October 31st, 2011
4:37 pm

Great Dawg and a great player.

Spanky

October 31st, 2011
4:42 pm

Well, that’s refreshing!! “I’ve still got a lot to learn.”….awesome!!!

LHarding Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:43 pm

The facts = MORON

Bigdsel

October 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

LHarding Dawg

October 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

Great game Jarvis, makes us proud to be from Columbus.

Shawn

October 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

Facts just facts! Jealousy is a pity!

JB

October 31st, 2011
4:45 pm

Someone sounds bitter…

My Dad can whoop your dad

October 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

here is a another fact for you:
Your breath stinks and your momma hates you

Brett21

October 31st, 2011
4:46 pm

The facts, just the facts … you are a moron. I’m sorry your SAT and GPA weren’t high enough to get in UGA.

Lake Dog

October 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

As great as Jarvis Jones played Saturday, Boykin’s performance was equally critical to the win. He caught a superfast gator from behind early in the game to prevent one touchdown, and later had a diving pass breakup in the endzone to prevent another. In between, he made a lot of other good plays.

My Dad can whoop your dad

October 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

Enter your comments here

The facts, really????

October 31st, 2011
4:47 pm

Wow…..that post is highly ignorant–remarkably similar to Tech’s Media Guide. I would be bitter if the team I wanted to beat most considered me their 4th biggest rival. Go troll somewhere else with your misguided facts!

Spanky

October 31st, 2011
4:48 pm

The Facts,Just the facts….Really?! Your 30 minutes at the Library computer are up, go away!

BP-85

October 31st, 2011
4:49 pm

I hope jarvis really means it. The lure of money can change a man’s loyalty in a NY minute.

Paddy

October 31st, 2011
4:53 pm

just the facts……calling me a trashy, drunk moron behind a computer screen is one thing. Calling that to my face would call for some serious courage on your part.

BurytheBone

October 31st, 2011
4:54 pm

the facts just the facts——GEORGIA 24 FLORIDA 20

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 31st, 2011
4:54 pm

JJ comments are very refreshing to read. Lets hope he sings this same tune come early January. The leadership he seems to display with these comments are a remider of Pollack. Congrats to fellow Dawgs on the awards also. Good times are ahead for Dawg Nation.

midtown123

October 31st, 2011
4:57 pm

@The facts, just the facts If you don’t like it, go cheer for your second rate Big Ten or ACC football program. Every team has players that get in trouble. Why? Because their students and of the same age and maturity of all the others in undergraduate programs. Have you done your research to proove that UGA has the highest number of drunks on campus? Is it highest number total or per capita? Yes, UGA is normally in the top three of party schools, but I’d love to see where you’re pulling these very specifc facts from concerning the number of drunks on campus. My guess is that you’re just an angry northerner. Go home. You haven’t figured out how to drive yet, anyway. Let’s not get into your ignorance as there isn’t enoug room in this little box. Is UGA the perfect school? No, of course not. However, when we make accusations against schools or teams we don’t like, they’re based on facts, not some ignorant a**hole who just likes to whine and b*tch.

Dawgs bite traitor gator

October 31st, 2011
4:58 pm

come up with a better defense to a loss fact man
the gators are out of the east race
Georgia back to Atlanta to BEAT LSU/BAMA

Bill

October 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

Hey Fact Boy- Two words.
Joe Hamiltion.
Bye Now.

old Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:08 pm

Facts,, Facts.. all the muggers, druggies.. hookers .. are in down town Atlanta.. students,, attacked.. beaten.. it REALLY IS DANGEROUS in metro at night and on weekends,,,, all the businessmen escape to the suburbs.. out toward beautiful Athens… it’s depressing to be stuck downtown.. afraid to come out ????

Bama Mike

October 31st, 2011
5:09 pm

Boy Richt is really into this “love thing” now is he not. Just answered a question regarding what to do with Blair Walsh and he said ” Keep loving him ” Whatever works I guess. Cant argue with 6 in a row. Good luck to the dawgs on Saturday.

MY.Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:09 pm

CTG has got the defense barking! CMB & CMR made some great play calls at times. The fact that Ga has no special teams coach is showing up week after week. Murray is a great qb, but by my count he has blown 5 td passes in the last 2 games. With all that said, the Dawgs are turnng this season into a special one. The defense does resemble Van Gorders, but they are faster! I hope Arkansas can can beat the chickens…This years recruits are showing up all over the field, load em up for 2012, and let’s go get that Nat. Championship!

CHDawg

October 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

Bill, I doubt Facts is a Tech man because surely Techies understand what a fact is–I can’t find any facts in his supposed list of facts.

coachx

October 31st, 2011
5:10 pm

Sorry excuse for a Techie,

The facts are Athens is a beautiful and safe town to send your son or daughter.

Sorry your stuck in that cest pool on Northside Dr. with all the homeless bums groping your daughters and robbiing your sons of the new I-Phone you bought and his beer money.

Destin Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:11 pm

JJ is the Man… only getting better… Go Dawgs !!

Destin Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

Grantham for President !!

DawgInaTruck

October 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

When you consider how many freshmen and sophomores we are playing it is no wonder we “win ugly” sometimes because we are making mistakes that are inevitable with a young team. However, we are winning still. This team is gonna be SCARY GOOD for years to come.

ECB

October 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

It was just last week that the AJC posted that GT has the lowest graduation rate for athletes in the ACC

georgia87

October 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

Just the facts can’t even get the facts right.

1. Georgia athletes rate much higher on the Academic Progress scale tracked by the NCAA than does the athletes at Tech. Georgia Football is second only to Vanderbilt in the SEC by one point at 976, 10 points ahead of Tech. Tech’s Basketball program was docked a scholarship for falling below the APR. Graduation rates for athletes at Tech were 11th in the ACC while Georgia ranked fifth in the SEC, four percentage points ahead of Tech.

2. Tech has had three Rhodes Scholars in its illustrious academic history. Georgia has had 21.

3. I’ll compare the arrest records for drunkenness on Saturday night of Athens to Atlanta any time.

4. You can have a party without being an idiot. Just for your information.

Spanky

October 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

Don’t we have Brandon Bogotay as a back-up kicker?! How much time and “love” is CMR gonna give him??

ATL Sports Fan

October 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

People get off the whole no special teams coach thing. 90% of all D-1 teams do not have a special teams coach. The NCAA only allows you to have 10 coaches on staff. You can not even have a volunteer coach or one that is a part timer. As with most schools the coaches split the special teams duties. What needs to change with the special teams is put some of the starters on special teams.

Tech Tony

October 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

Remember when Richt encouraged the players to run on the field after UGA’s forst TD against Florida? (Don’t know why I asked because everyone recalls it.) After that event, whether you were for it or against it, you have to acknowledge that it infused the team with an energy that had been lacking.

I bring it up because, as an outside observer, (and I don’t mean this at all as a slap against Blair Walsh) I fully believe that the Bulldogs will take a similar energy from Richt’s decision not to kick field goals in J’ville. The rest of the way, I expect to see Georgia play much more confidentally, and as a result, even better than it has at any time during this winning streak.

That Jones kid is somethin’ else, too.

South Carolina Dog

October 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

Just the Facts – What an oxymoron – emphasis on the moron!!!!!!!!!! You are an energy vampire!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please do not disgrace this blog with you imbecilic rant. Get a life and you yourself could learn some seventh grade grammar. Apparently your reading level does not give you the power to actually comprehend the real facts!!!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:17 pm

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education plus Big Time sports ” in a great college town.. Athens, Ga.. Go Dawgs !!

ATL Sports Fan

October 31st, 2011
5:19 pm

Spanky, while Bogaty is a decent kicker he is not an SEC kicker. He had great numbers coming out of the JUCO, but he is more erratic as Walsh has been this year. Also, you do not go and change things up when the kid has been one of the best kickers in the nation the previous three years. You just let him get through it.

the Voice...of Reason

October 31st, 2011
5:24 pm

The Facts=A TROLL. Stop feeding him, I’m sure he’s full by now.

gofortwo

October 31st, 2011
5:25 pm

Time to put someone else back to return kickoffs. While he playing great defense, Boykin looks very timid in returning kicks. It use to be “throw caution to the wind” and now it seems like he’s inching up and looking for an opening which isn’t working.

GaTruth

October 31st, 2011
5:28 pm

@Facts – Look at our campus after a game? Look at your campus 365 days a year. Tech is the ugliest pile of concrete south of Detroit.

My how UGA fans love the GT chip on their shoulders. It will live forever. No matter what you accomplish as a football program or school, you will always feel inferior to UGA. I don’t know why, but I love the fact it is there.

GO DAWGS!!!

BobDawg

October 31st, 2011
5:30 pm

I actually “reported’ The Facts and hopefully his comments are taken off… He says the same thing each time on different blogs and just does a cut and paste… Just trying to get everyone riled up….

Now where were we…….

Tville Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:31 pm

Facts get your facts right. Ohio University is the #1 party school. You just wish you were a DAWG.

the Voice...of Reason

October 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

Thomas Brown-
Give it a rest man. I used to appreciate your insight on the football team, but who cares as lon as we are winning games. We can’t affect the schedule as it sits now and we just beat the Gators for the first time in 4 years. Everyone knows this team has problems but we’re still winning and haven’t lost the Eastern Division yet. Let the Coaches make the adjustments, and enjoy the game as a fan for once.

BobDawg

October 31st, 2011
5:34 pm

@ T. Brown… just read your blog and I’m tired…. Give your fingers a rest, dude…

This team is peaking at the right time… this week is like a week off before The Barners come to town… Make sure we stock up on toilet paper…..

VA Dog

October 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

Frank Beamer ( VA Tech headcoach) doubles as the special teams coach, seems to work well with the Hokies. Maybe CMR should take a page out of Beamer’s book and do it himself.

padre

October 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

just the facts –zero class–no clue about what he is saying

BobDawg

October 31st, 2011
5:36 pm

@ the Voice… too funny… TB just tires me out!!!! Dude can peck with the best of them!!!

Mr. Dawg

October 31st, 2011
5:38 pm

That’s great new from Jarvis. He has a chance to be something special along the lines of Pollack. Duirng his reign Richt’s teams have had a tendency to finish strong particlarly in the last three or four games. I would venture to guess that getting over the Florida hump would really pump some confidence and swagger into the team. It’s going to be hard not to fall asleep agains NM State. Hopfully the Bulldogs will have some pent up energy that will help them put the game away early and give the younger guys some more game experience for the stretch. This is a nice relief from the days of playing Florida and Auburn in back to back games all these years past.

the Voice...of Reason

October 31st, 2011
5:40 pm

Bob-
I’ve come on here a few times and had an analytical debate, but I can’t stand it when people don’t just enjoy the victories. Honestly, we could have been sitting 4-3 like last year and lost. 6-2 with wins over Rocky Top and the Lizards will give me bragging rights with my coworkers for another year (even if they do suck).