Ten@10: Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones named Collegiate Player of Year

Georgia's Jarvis Jones (29) was named the Collegiate Player of the Year by the Atlanta Sports Council on Monday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia's Jarvis Jones (29) was named the Collegiate Player of the Year by the Atlanta Sports Council on Monday. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)


1. Months after the football season was completed, awards are still rolling in for Georgia’s Jarvis Jones. The latest honor for the Bulldogs’ star outside linebacker came Monday night during the Atlanta Sports Awards ceremony at the Fox Theatre as Jones was named Collegiate Athlete of the Year for the 2011 season. His was one of nine awards presented Monday night by the Atlanta Sports Council to athletes and sports personalities in Georgia.

In his first season with the Bulldogs, Jones led the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) and recording 70 tackles. The sophomore from Columbus also two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and 49 quarterback pressures. After the season, he was named first-team All-American and All-SEC and won the CFPA Elite Linebacker Trophy. He was also a Butkus Award finalist.

Jones is a big reason so many are predicting great success for Georgia’s defense in 2012. Despite getting some first-round grades, the decided to forgo the NFL draft and come back for his junior season. He’s one of 10 returning starters on a unit that finished in the top five nationally in total defense.

Georgia football coach Mark Richt was among the presenters. The other award winners were: Dominique Wilkins (Lifetime Achievement); Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (Sports Person of the Year); Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (Professional Athlete of Year); Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (High School Athlete of Year), Grayson High football coach Mickey Conn (Coach of the Year); Atlanta Dream (Team of Year); and Jennifer Ann Shults of Roswell and Cyrus Wilson of the Lovett School (High School Scholar-Athletes).

2. I’m not sure what’s going on in college football but it’s not shaping up to be a very good year for off-field behavior, at least not in the South. Two more arrests of football players were reported on Monday: Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson was arrested in Louisville for allegedly selling prescription pills and South Carolina’s Angelo Watley — a freshman from Lawrenceville — was jailed in Columbia on burglary charges.

Last week, Florida State running back James Wilder (remember him, UGA recruitniks?) was booked on felony charges of battery and resisting arrest. Add those to a list that already includes Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings (simple battery/domestic violence) and Florida tight end A.C. Leonard (simple domestic battery).

In all the cases except for Commings’, the players were indefinitely suspended from their respective teams pending the outcome of their court cases. Commings, who still faces a March 22nd arraignment, has been suspended for the Bulldogs’ first two games next season. He was also placed on six months probation and ordered to undergo anger management and attend a drug and alcohol awareness class by UGA.

3. Coming off a stunning upset of No. 12 Florida this past Saturday, Mark Fox’s Georgia basketball team now has the monumental task of going on the road to face No. 1-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (27-1, 14-0 SEC) haven’t lost a home game since March 4, 2009. Coincidentally, that last defeat came at the hands of a 12-20 Georgia team that was under the direction of interim coach Pete Herrmann because head coach Dennis Felton had been fired a month earlier.

That Kentucky team went 8-8 in the conference and finished 22-12 that season. This one is considered one of the Wildcats’ all-time best. Georgia hung with them for a half before falling 57-44 in Athens back in January.

“They’re better in probably every way,” Fox said Kentucky now versus then. “Offensively they appear to be playing extremely well together. Defensively they were dynamite before. They’re a team that can beat you so many different ways. . . . You have a hard time finding any weakness. They have size, guard play, shooting, great defense, a high finish rate offensively, and obviously a terrific home-court advantage to go with all that.”

4. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have not played well on the road this season. They’ve won just once away from Athens in conference play, a 70-68 upset of then-20th-ranked Mississippi State in overtime in Starkville on Feb. 11.

“Winning on the road in this league is tough,” Fox said. “We’ve had some games that maybe we didn’t feel like we played as well. I don’t think that has much to do with our approach as it does our inexperience. There’s really only been one time I didn’t feel like we showed up with the right mentality to play and, obviously when you play away from home, having the advantage of experience is a real plus. We do have two senior guards but not much experience after that.”

As I wrote yesterday, the Bulldogs enter the final week of the regular season battling to stay out of last place in the SEC. Depending on how they do in these final two games — and how Auburn and South Carolina do — they can finish anywhere from 10th to 12th.

5. Speaking of Herrmann, the former UGA assistant and longtime Division I coach just completed a storybook year in his second season as head coach at Young Harris College in North Georgia. With an 88-80 win over North Greenville this past week, the Mountain Lions ended their season at 22-4. That represented a 17-game improvement over the previous season.



Young Harris decided to resurrect its basketball program under Herrmann, 62, after a decades-long absence. It played what’s called a “candidacy season” this year before formally joining Division II’s Peach Belt Conference next season.

“This has been a remarkable season,” Hermann said on the school’s website. “This team has set the bar for the future with the number of wins and losses. . . . I’m really looking forward to keep developing as we go to new challenges. We will have a chance to compete for a conference regular-season championship next season.”

6. Accolades have continued to pour in for UGA swimming coach Jack Bauerle as well. Fresh off the Lady Bulldogs claiming their third consecutive SEC swimming and diving championship, Bauerle was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon this past weekend.

Bauerle began his career at Georgia as a record-setting swimmer from 1971 to 1974. After serving as an assistant coach, he took over as the head coach for the women’s program in 1979, then added the title of men’s coach in 1983. Nearly 20 years later, Bauerle is now the winningest women’s head coach in NCAA history, the winningest head coach for both women and men in SEC history and the fourth-winningest head coach for both women and men in NCAA history. He has guided the Lady Bulldogs to four national championships and six runner-up finishes as well as eight Southeastern Conference titles. Bauerle has been chosen as the NCAA Coach of the Year five times and as the SEC Coach of the Year 15 times. He has produced 77 individual national champions, including five last season.

Bauerle was one of three Bulldogs to be enshrined this year. Also going in were UGA football leterrman Cliff Kimsey (1939-41) and basketball referee Sally Smalley Bell.

Other members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class were Braves pitcher John Smoltz, Georgia Southern/CFL quarterback Tracy Ham and NFL referee Bob Boylston.

7. Georgia’s Diamond Dogs (7-0) moved up to No. 8 in the national rankings as their 12-game homestand resumes Tuesday night with a game against Savannah State (3-4). Georgia also faces Western Carolina (4-3) on Wednesday and plays host to Western Illinois (3-4) for a three-game set beginning Friday.

Coach David Perno’s team moved up one spot to No. 8 in the Baseball America poll. The Bulldogs are No. 9, according to Collegiate Baseball, and No. 10, per the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. They’re off to their best start since 2009 when they won 14 straight to open the season.



8. It was a very good week for coach Andy Landers’ women’s basketball team this past week. The Lady Dogs (22-7, 11-5) capped the regular season on Sunday by clinching a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament with a dominating 62-46 win over a 20-win LSU team. On Monday, senior guard Meredith Mitchell was named the SEC Player of the week after averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals in her final two games at Stegeman Coliseum. She came into the season averaging 8.9 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals.

“I’m very happy for and proud of Meredith,” Landers said. “She’s had a very solid season and I would guess any senior playing their final home games would dream about performing the way Meredith played.”

9. Most notably, the Lady Dogs’ last home game was played with a temporary assistant coach. PGA golfer and former Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson served as a guest coach and sat on Georgia’s bench during the game. Watson, who is married to the former Lady Dog Angie Ball (1996-2000), was the result of Landers making good on a bet that Watson could not hit a golf ball out of Sanford Stadium last September. Watson did and here’s VIDEO EVIDENCE.

10. It looks like softball coach Lu Harris Champer is reloading her team with fresh talent. Paige Wilson, a first-year shortstop from Chicago, was named SEC Freshman of the Week after helping the 13th-ranked Bulldogs record wins over ranked opponents in No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7/5 UCLA and No. 15/16 Arizona last week in the Cathedral City Classic in California. Wilson had 7 RBI, 7 hits, 3 home runs and 3 runs scored as she hit .438 during the tournament. Through 14 games, she has a .351 batting average with 14 RBI and 22 total bases.

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February 28th, 2012
10:06 am

Way to go Jarvis. Go Dawgs!


February 28th, 2012
10:15 am

How long do we have to wait to see Mark Fox make his impact on UGA’s basketball team? Who is going to come in here and help Caldwell-Pope?


February 28th, 2012
10:17 am

No respect for the mutts up north. THWG!

awful mc dougal

February 28th, 2012
10:17 am

Commings should be removed from UGA and made available to the rest of college football…


February 28th, 2012
10:24 am

Fox has done a great job.


February 28th, 2012
10:25 am

Jarvis was well deserving of the award. GO DAWGS!


February 28th, 2012
10:48 am

Love those JJ’s. Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins and Jordan Jenkins.

Eli da Truth

February 28th, 2012
10:56 am

Go DAWGS! I’m glad JJ stayed and hope there is a spark on offense. The schedule is ripe for the picking with a couple of spots for us to trip up. Get the offense rolling and we’ll be fine.


February 28th, 2012
11:10 am

More like Golden Toothpick, right nerd?


February 28th, 2012
11:15 am

Jarvis is a beast. Needed big man in this last roundball recruiting round, disappointing. UGA has a bunch of special athletes in the “non-revenue” sports, shame on a lot of “fans” who don’t check them out or don’t care. Great update, Chip.


February 28th, 2012
11:25 am

Jarvis is well deserving of the award. Can’t wait to see what he can do in his second year on the field.

Just think, if any one of these arrested players were at Alabama instead of their present universities, Saban would be praising them and they would not get any punishment at all, and most importantly they would not miss any playing time.

This is how Saban handeled Courtney Upshaw after he was arrested for Domestic Violance. Keep in mind that the witness to the crime was a Tuscaloosa Cop.

“This is as fine a young man as we have in the program,” Saban said. “Really a great person. Really works hard academically. I couldn’t ask anybody to be a better representative of the organization than he is. He really overachieves as a football player.


February 28th, 2012
11:28 am

Congratulations Jarvis, another well deserved accolade. We are so very glad that you are also returning for your senior season. This will be an outstanding UGA defense and an outstanding year. GO DAWGS. WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!


February 28th, 2012
11:49 am

Great dawg in JJ

Bulldawg Rick

February 28th, 2012
12:32 pm

Congrats JJ!! This should be a fantasy tale for all HS AA’s that leave the state for seemingly better locals.. If you produce in your HOME state you’ll have the “Love” if you produce on the field of play.. BTW, this was no cakewalk for Mr. Jones.. Injuries, hard work & perseverance pays off..

Nice show Bubba!!


February 28th, 2012
12:35 pm

Thanks Chip for remembering that we have a baseball team. When will the schedule get added to the UGA page?

Way to go JJ

Go Dawgs.


February 28th, 2012
12:46 pm

Can you please go back to covering recruiting. That hack is ruining what you built.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

Jones was named Collegiate Football Player of the Year for the 2011 season….IN Georgia voted by People from Georgia.
Ga Southern had the best year in the state and should have one of their players get that honor.

In all the cases except for Commings’, the players were indefinitely suspended from their respective teams pending the outcome of their court cases….I sure wish I had me a good Christian Coach that thinks a prayer meeting and a few games is punishment enough for hitting women.

Lady Bulldogs claiming their third consecutive SEC swimming and diving championship…The Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College & Plantation of Georgia does it again. The GIRLS are the True Champions at UGa.

Georgia’s Diamond Dogs (7-0) moved up to No. 8 in the national rankings as their 12-game homestand resumes Tuesday night with a game against Savannah State (3-4). Georgia also faces Western Carolina (4-3) on Wednesday and plays host to Western Illinois (3-4) for a three-game set beginning Friday…Busting on the TUFF schedule early I see…..
02/17/12 vs. Presbyterian Athens, Ga. W, 6-1
02/18/12 vs. Presbyterian Athens, Ga. W, 5-4
02/19/12 vs. Presbyterian Athens, Ga. W, 11-0
02/22/12 vs. Georgia State Athens, Ga. W, 4-1
02/24/12 vs. Winthrop Athens, Ga. W, 13-5
02/25/12 vs. Winthrop Athens, Ga. W, 2-1
02/26/12 vs. Winthrop Athens, Ga. W, 3-0

Tech has played some better teams
02/17/12 vs. Kent State Rock Hill, S.C. L, 5-0
at Winthrop Rock Hill, S.C. W, 5-0
02/18/12 vs. Kent State Rock Hill, S.C. W, 6-2
at Winthrop Rock Hill, S.C. W, 5-3
02/22/12 at Georgia Southern Statesboro, Ga. W, 11-9
02/24/12 vs. Ohio State Atlanta, Ga. W, 12-4
02/25/12 vs. Ohio State Atlanta, Ga. L, 7-3
02/26/12 vs. Ohio State Atlanta, Ga. W, 13-4


February 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

Congrats Mr. Jarvis DGD!!!


February 28th, 2012
1:22 pm

@A person SMART enough to know…IF YOU WERE half as smart as you think you are you’d realize that he has not been convicted of a damn thing yet….let alone hitting a woman..now shut your pie hole and don’t burn my fries….


February 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Bubba is a Beast !!! He is a great ambassador for UGA.Great job Chip.


February 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

Agreed…Diamond Dawgs are still ranked a lil too high.


February 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

I didn’t see much of a Georgia Tech presence at that Atlanta Sports Council thing, despite the fact that the event was held only blocks from their dump campus. Talk about IRRELEVANT.

Nobody cares about Georgia Tech.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
1:58 pm

g-dawg…all the football pole are a joke until after the 4th game and the basketball and baseball poles are not much better until the 12th or so game of the season.

DAWG in Bama

February 28th, 2012
2:12 pm

CONGRATS JJ!!! Way to encourage are upcoming players and returning players on the BEST Defense of 2012 in the SEC!!!

Rainbow Tide Pride

February 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

Great update! Thanks Chip.

Man that GT program has really fallen apart. Time for change on the flats.


February 28th, 2012
2:27 pm

Congratulations Jarvis Jones! If UGA is able to flip Reuben Foster, things could look good for the defense. Wondering why no mention was made today in the recruiting section about the dawgs pickup this morning? The kid that committed didn’t have a Bama offer so I guess its not news….


February 28th, 2012
2:29 pm

Must be a tough job giving out awards to athletes and teams from the state of Georgia. Jarvis Jones is really the best collegiate athlete they could come up with?

Nate the Great

February 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

@GTBob: Well they wanted to give it to Reggie Ball but then they realized they wanted an athlete that excelled.

On a side note the Atlanta Sports Awards is adding an award for best Moobs in the state of Ga and CPJ is a shoe in for it!! Way to GT on having a coach that cant recruit but has great boobs!! Tradition at its best


February 28th, 2012
2:48 pm

@GTBob: Well they wanted to give it to Reggie Ball but then they realized they wanted an athlete that excelled.

It just seems sad that there was no athlete that actually did excel. Jarvis Jones had a good year but did he really do anything that special?

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

Ga Southern had to have a player that did more than JJ. They had the BEST year of any football in the state.


February 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

Thank you for your input GTBob. Now crawl back under your troll rock.


February 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

A person SMART enough to know…… that college football doesn’t have poles. They have polls. Just saying….


February 28th, 2012
3:32 pm

We’ll give one of our State Championship trophies to Georgia Southern if it makes you feel better Techie. We’ve got plenty. I think Richt is starting to use them for door stops at his house.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.


February 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

We’ll give one of our State Championship trophies

Awe, how cute. UGA can’t win any real championships so they make up fictional ones.


February 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

Awe how cute. Maybe we can have some rings made up like the little boys at tech did last time they won.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
4:00 pm

Show me where Tech made rings for beating UGa!!!!!!!!

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
4:01 pm

They don’t make a Governor’s Cup every year dwagfan.


February 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

gtbobbie is talking about fictional now that is beyond funny.


February 28th, 2012
4:06 pm

tek has made thier own national championship trophy before and that is the truth.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

superDawg can you provide the TRUTH where Tech made a National Championship Trophy? I would like to see that.


February 28th, 2012
4:52 pm

It was made in 1990 by one of your own tekies and was made out of recycled aluminum.It was stored in a closet in the coaches office for many years until it was brought out for our amusment.

High Horse

February 28th, 2012
5:09 pm

GT Bob, so who do you think would have been more deserving of this award? I can,t determine if you are just the ultimate dawg hater or just the most negative person on earth.


February 28th, 2012
5:22 pm

GT Bob, so who do you think would have been more deserving of this award?

He may be the most deserving, but like I said, if he is then it was a bad year for collegiate sports in GA. A guy who had a bunch of sacks is the best we got? You would think the womens gymnastics team at UGA could put out something better then that. Is there no one for any team in any sport who dominated and lead their team to at least a conference title?

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
5:24 pm

superDawg…that was as a joke. Is there a 1990 National Championship Trophy Waterford Crystal Football in the Edge Center Trophy Case?

High Horse I would go with 11-3 Ga Southern QB Jaybo Shaw. He could have been 12-2 or 13-1 national Champs without having to play BAMA and giving them a bad seeding in the FCS playoffs.


February 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

Smart, Southern would’ve gotten its brains beat out by North Dakota somewhere along the line.
Lets eee a First team AP all american or a 1aa QB ?

A person SMART enough to know......

February 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

gator there are GYM DAWGS that did more than JJ did.

^^^^^^^^^^North Dakota Reference^^^^^^^^

February 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

Better all time winning percentage than South Carolina.

Nesbitt for Heisman Leftover Funds

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

A Nerd “Smart” Enough to Know “Show me where Tech made rings for beating UGa!!!!!!!!”

They didn’t make rings, just for this, but it is hillarious that your once per decade (or less) win was memorialized on your Chick Fil A Bowl Ring – http://www.ajc.com/uga/content/sports/gatech/stories/2008/12/29/tech_uga_ring.html
A ring for a bowl you lost, but you and CPJ are accostomed to bowl losses and vacated wins.

Mountain Dawg

February 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

Have the Humble Bumbles given up football, or do they just enjoy playing like it?

What is a football "pole"?

February 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

“A person SMART enough to know” evidently does not know…and check the Tech coaching staff for the rings after Tech beat UGA back in 2009…