Jarvis Jones: ‘We’re gonna … try to be the best defense in the nation’

Ryan Black covered spring football practice in Athens for the AJC on Saturday and filed this report:

ATHENS — Jarvis Jones accomplished a lot last season. He was named to nearly every All-American team. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award. And he led the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) for a Georgia team that won the Eastern Division.

But if Jones doesn’t replicate those stats and accolades in 2012, he said he will have failed to live up to his own lofty expectations.

“I can do better than I did last year,” Jones said after Georgia’s first full-pads session of spring practice Saturday. “I’ve definitely got to improve myself. . . . Anything less than what I did last year is a failure.”

Coming off such a dominant first season as a Bulldog after redshirting in 2010, Jones was asked if he feels he is now “the face” of Georgia’s defense. Always quick to deflect attention from himself, he dismissed that notion in favor of a team-oriented outlook.

“I’ve got a role to play. Everybody [does],” Jones said. “I think I’m one of the leaders on the team, and I’m definitely one of the players who my teammates listen to. We got a lot of leaders out there. We got Alec [Ogletree], Shawn Williams, Bacarri [Rambo]. . . .  We don’t try to stand out among each other. We all push each other and try to get each other to get the ball rolling. That’s why I think we’re so close. We’re headed in the right direction to do some good things this year. We all believe in each other, and we communicate well. We just enjoy doing what we do.”

Just a few months ago, Jones, Williams and Rambo had to choose whether they would return to Georgia or depart for the NFL. Jones said he did not try to push Williams or Rambo in either direction.

“I just told them whatever decision they [made] —- if they decided to go pro — I’m always going to be in their corner and believe in them and wish the best for them,” Jones said. “But they came back, and we’re gonna take this thing up another level and try to be the best defense in the nation.”

Since spring practice opened on Tuesday, the defense has dominated the offense in drills. Jones pointed out that part of the reason is that the defense brought back more experienced players, “especially up front,” where the offensive line is trying to replace three starters.

“[The offense] is getting a bit frustrated, but that’s what we want,” Jones said. “We want to put them in situations where they can learn and they can improve, so down the road when the season starts, we’ll be a much better team.”

As good as the defense looks to be this fall, the Bulldogs are young at Jones’ outside linebacker position, since both Cornelius Washington and Ray Drew have started to work into the rotation at defensive end. Jones said he isn’t worried, though, since his younger teammates are picking up things “real quick.”

Besides, to meet his goal of eclipsing the season he had last year, Jones admits there is still a lot he needs to learn himself.

“Coaches are still putting new things in there, teaching me new things, teaching us as a defense new things,” he said. “Even when you get to the pros, I think you’ve still got a lot of room for improvement. It never stops.”

– Ryan Black, for the AJC

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Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 25th, 2012
8:39 pm

@logicalUS
Yes indeed….the same defense that held LSU to no first downs in the first half, destroyed GT and Auburn’s offenses. You are correct, UGa had some bad moments, but don’t ignore the great signs. That was a young UGa defense (youngest in SEC)……so don’t cast too many stones because they will be awesome this year. If you are a betting man you will lose your ass betting against this defense in their second year.

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 25th, 2012
8:45 pm

@GT4ever

You are correct, UGa is very familiar with “clueless and classless”….. we play that team every year right after Thanksgiving!!!

RedandBlackDAWG

March 25th, 2012
9:11 pm

GT4ever,

I guess then, according to your conclusion, Clueless and classless, just beat the heck out of being nerdy and nonathletic. I think I will stay with him versus a GT coach, who has such a bad defense that the offense is forced to go for it on 4th and 20, because they are scared to let their defense get back on the field.

Go Pac 12

March 25th, 2012
9:28 pm

Dwags will go 8-4 and lose the bowl game….book it !

doggie

March 25th, 2012
10:31 pm

Yeah Hairy Dawg, glad you caught that one. wheew!

The Factor

March 25th, 2012
11:07 pm

@Go Pac 12

Is that a Div 1 conference? You are a pinhead.

Columbus

March 25th, 2012
11:51 pm

Defense wins championships and UGA will need it, ESPECIALLY EARLY, when the offense is running without Mitchell and with 3 NEW OL. BUT if they can RUN block just decently, UGA has the horses to win with the GROUND game and DEFENSE until the pass blocking can protect Murray well because if Murray is rushed, INT’s will likely come.

No Mitchell, new OL. WIN WITH THE RUN AND THE DEFENSE. ESPECIALLY EARLY.

GET YOUR SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TICKETS NOW BTW.

Columbus

March 26th, 2012
12:02 am

Franklin licking his chops? LOL. We do not play in Nashville in 2012. Blowout.

We are blessed and to all you haters, you will see how blessed you are the next 5 years. You will still whine and moan and complain. Talk abad about Richt who is only one of the winningest coaches in NCAA HISTORY and at his age, he is REALLY in an ELITE class!

But I do know that only 2 teams went to the SEC Championship game last year and UGA was one of them! That was AFTER ALL THE PRESSURE AND HEAT PUT ON BY FANS and MEDIA on the coaches AND players and an 0-3 start against 2 top teams!

UGA will ALSO be one of the two teams in the SEC Championship the next 5 years! You will STILL gripe, UGA WILL win the SEC 3 of the next 5 years minimum. You will STILL moan and want Richt fired! UGA WILL play for the NC for the first time in MOST of your lifetimes and you will STILL not be grateful! I have supported Richt through EVERYTHING. He is GETTING INTO HIS PRIME WHEN GOOD AND GREAT COACHES WIN THEIR FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

ALl you moan and groan and complain about not winning the SEC the last few years and NOT having a NC oppurtunity BUT you are BLIND to the fact that it takes most ALL coaches 15 years PLUS BEFORE THEY WIN THEIR FIRST NC! Know you history as WELL as you know your selfishness. You are IGNORANT and WRONG. How many years did it take the Bear to win his? HUH? HUH? Dooley? HUH? Paterno? Bowden? Even almighty Saban? HUH? Yeah that SHUT you up. Probably not. Cry-babies will be cry-babies. They want their bottle and they want it now! Ignorants. Ingrates.

Columbus

March 26th, 2012
12:09 am

@Logical, You FORGET a lot! INJURIES AND YOUTH and playing TIRED cause the offense left them on the field too much with turnovers and not getting first downs while playing against GOOD offenses. These guys WERE young! Now they are EXPERIENCED and MANY learnign the system for the FIRST TIME. Year 3 under Grantham is going to be better than year 2. MUCH better! just like year 2 was better than year 1. Grantham will jsut START getting his recruits on hte field this year plus some of the guys have a year or 2 under their belts and the guys coming BACK, SEVERAL ARE HIGH NFL DRAFT PICKS!

Your LOGIC is FLAWED BY PARTIAL information and not the BIG PICTURE. You want to bet on how well this defense will be? I iwll put my money where my mouth is. I KNOW what I am talking about. Bet on scoring? First downs? Yards per game? Opponent 1st downs? National Ranking? Conference ranking?

Thomas Brown,"trust me i’m not satisfied”

March 26th, 2012
12:18 am

I-A Winning Percentage after 2005

2005 season was 8 yrs ago now this up-coming 2012 season

01. .9240 at 73-06 Boise State
02. .8461 at 66-12 TCU
03. .8000 at 64-16 LSU
04. .7922 at 61-16 Southern Cal
05. .7804 at 64-18 Oklahoma
06. .7777 at 63-18 Florida
07. .7692 at 50-15 Ohio State
08. .7692 at 60-18 BYU
09. .7682 at 63-19 Virginia Tech
10. .7594 at 60-19 Oregon
11. .7594 at 60-19 Wisconsin
12. .7564 at 59-19 West Virginia
13. .7435 at 58-20 Texas
14. .7435 at 58-20 Utah
15. .7246 at 50-19 Alabama
16. .7179 at 56-22 Penn State
17. .7051 at 55-23 Auburn
18. .7051 at 55-23 Oklahoma State
19. .7051 at 55-23 Cincinnati
20. .7000 at 56-24 Missouri
21. .6835 at 54-25 Georgia

# 5 team in all polls in just SEC 2011, again

Dogg Man

March 26th, 2012
1:48 am

@ Brainyac: Get yo liquored-up mouf up off of Richt’s jock, because you ain’t getting paid nothing to be his devoted idiotic fan for life. Hey whiskeybreath, people like you make fools of themselves daily trying to defend a guy that just can’t get the job done after 12 years. Real sober Georgia fans know that Richt has done his best and he doesn’t have the killer instinct that a coach has to have in the SEC to win it all. He doesn’t have the guts to hire a real OC and hides behind a neophyte to take the heat for his 90s ACC-FSU offense. Georgia has the talent to win big, but the Head Coach doesn’t have the guts to make tough decisions on his offense like overhauling it for a run based attack. The only people happy about the Richt’s “extension” are idiots like you, braindead, and SEC rivals. Miles and Saban both have whipped Richt like a rented mule in their last meetings and liquored-up fools like you are happy about the routs. You senselessly declare yourself a fan of the coach, but you definately are not a fan of Georgia, the historic institution. Get lost you bum, we don’t want your kind around here anyway ! Go back to your nasty trash shrewn trailer and keep drinking the krytonite moon-shine koko-kool-aid Go Dogs !

Dogg Man

March 26th, 2012
1:53 am

Columbus is a fool like Skip Bayless. Columbus loves Mark Richt more than Skip Bayless loves Tim Tebow. Mancrushes are ungodly !

Thomas Brown,"trust me i’m not satisfied”

March 26th, 2012
4:10 am

What you just said.

Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in West Palm Beach, Florida for, in fact, being The # 6 coach in The SEC 2012 over the Current 8-Year Period this up-coming 2012 season. “That’s pretty cool, I guess,” Richt said.

Richt played quarterback for Boca Raton High School, earning a scholarship to play nearby at the University of Miami. His senior high school season stands out most for him.

“I think we ended up 11-2 or something like that, went to the semifinals of the state championship, lost to Miami Carol City, 15-12, in Lockhart Stadium,” Richt said. “It was a terrible rain storm. If we could have beat them, we would have played for the state championship, but they beat us. They won the state championship the next week.”

Among the other inductees: former Florida State receiver Jessie Hester.

While he has recruited well here at Georgia, his lax discipline and inability to have his recruits perform both on and off the field, has been hampered by his religion turning the other cheek and forgiving his Starters while for worse offenses, kicking-off back-ups.
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# 4 QB in SEC pre-season : Aaron Murray :

“Aaron Murray, Georgia, Jr.: Without Zach Mettenberger’s legal problems in the 2010 offseason, Murray may not even be in this position.”

“How he can improve: Accuracy. Simply put, you can’t complete less than 60 percent of your passes in college—where the passing lanes and windows are much greater than the NFL—and expect to succeed at a high level in the NFL.

An NFL scout says: “I want to see improvement on the intermediate throws; the throws you have to make in our league. He has nice touch on the deep throws, and he understands the position. He just has to refine mechanics and throw with confidence”

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-03-23/top-college-qbs-2012-tyler-wilson-tyler-bray-mike-glennon-james-franklin-murray?eadid=EL/SICOM&xid=si_ncaaf
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Isaiah Crowell got up jawing, like he does at every football game, having learned NOTHING and Alec Ogletree kicked his butt at practice Friday for it. Good on ya’ Alec Ogletree – something that little Aaron Murray should have done when Isaiah Crowell 1st got on our campus.

[...] Georgia stud linebacker Jarvis Jones said Georgia intends on being the best defense in the nation next year. “We’re gonna take this thing up another level and try to be the best defense in the nation.” And I completely agree with him that Georgia will have a shot to have the best defense in the country because they were very good a year ago. Jones is certainly fun to watch. [AJC] [...]

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 26th, 2012
5:35 am

@Thomas brown trust me……

Take your meds Techie!!!

2 SEC Championships

March 26th, 2012
7:35 am

2 SEC Championships, the last one of which was 2005. 2005 season was 8 years ago now this up-coming 2012 season. After 2005, Mark Richt is the # 6 in The SEC in won/lost record this coming 2012 season; and # 21 nationally after 2005. That does not make me a techie to not settle for that; it does however, make you a RICHT-O-PHILE to settle for that. There is a huge difference in being a Mark Richt fan, and being an UGA Bulldogs’ Football Program fan. If all you want is mediocrity, choose 1 of the 119 other colleges, and be a fan there for Mark Richt. There are 65 Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Program fans to this 1 blog who have told you this. Ignorance is not bliss; it is a lack of education. If you are satisfied with # 6 in just SEC teams and # 21 nationally in won/lost record after 2005, then take a hike – the other 65 of us are not. And, we don’t need your kind around any longer.

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
9:10 am

bulldawgs/TB

You are DEAD WRONG about Crowell versus Marshall

Crowell(according to eyewitness accounts), is running over people. The defense is winning overall but Crowell is playing very physical and has won several one on one battles with the defense.

Marshall shows signs of being good but he lacks the physical size of Crowell but has better speed.

Crowell 220 pounds
Marshall 190 pounds

That is why Crowell is 1st team.

Also, regarding the fights. There were 4 total and Crowell was not involved in all of them. Football players fight? Is this really a revelation? No.

Ken Malcome is also doing very well this spring.

The offensive line is trying to get their depth chart set.

Crowell is the best running back on campus.

BG

March 26th, 2012
10:11 am

GATA Jarvis!

flo-ri-duh

March 26th, 2012
11:48 am

Before you can be the best defense in the nation you have to learn to start the 2nd half the way you played the 1st half. EFFORT for four quarters would be nice.

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
12:07 pm

ILL Logical US idiot

And the lack of production from the offense against LSU and Michigan St, including key game changing turnovers, had nothing to do with the defense being put back on the field?

You are too stupid to discuss anything. I wonder why I bother?

People like you who never watch the games, only read stats and take cheap drive by shooting pot shots at UGA re the reasons why these blogs SUCK

You are a full blown idiot.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
1:20 pm

The fact that a player said this is not a bad thing, but the fact that the UGA fans are believing that a team that averaged 39 pts to ranked teams will be the best in the nation is downright laughable. This is why the REAL SEC teams do not respect you.

Oh and congratulations on the most corrupt state award. Very well deserved.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
1:22 pm

“Crowell(according to eyewitness accounts), is running over people” I should hope so. What decent running back/offense didn’t run all over UGA’s defense?

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

Lexy,

If it’s the offense’s fault that the defense is giving up more points, then is the defense’s fault that the offense isn’t scoring more points? This is a circular argument argument. The “idiot” involved would not admit that.

Stats and wins are measuring sticks. Good defenses don’t need excuses.

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

when you hand the ball over on your own 1 yard line, the defense is placed in a crappy situation because of the mistake by the offense.

Murray’s boneheaded mistakes versus MSU put them right back in the game.

to say otherwise means you didn’t watch or you don’t understand momentum swings in a football game and how they affect the mental makeup of a team

It’s not an excuse. It’s a fact.

RickDawg49

March 26th, 2012
2:34 pm

Georgia has a great defense but lost the last 2 games because of depth on both sides of the ball and lack of a good offensive line. Against the top teams our offensive line wears down and pressure on our quarterback begins to show. LSU overecruits and is stacked 3 deep, Georgia does not and is not. Georgia should be much better this year but may still have trouble with the teams that overrecruit, like Bama and LSU.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

You know you’re on the blog of the most delusional fan base in the country when when you’re told you don’t understand football because you doubt that a team that averaged 39 pts to ranked teams may not be the greatest defense in the country next year.

No wonder you guys can’t win a title.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
3:48 pm

from running right down the toilet and into the sewer called Tuscaloosa ALABAMA.

Where the mens are men and the sheep are nervous

DawginLex

March 26th, 2012
4:04 pm

so in your demented little world, lack of offensive production by a football team including critical turnovers does not have an impact on the defense?

Just go away Bama troll boy and leave the football talk to folks who understand the game

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

March 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

My gosh you guys are football dense. UGA was 4th in the SEC in scoring and 3rd in yards/game. And you want to fire Bobo and make Grantham (39 pts) the head coach. It’s this kind of close-mindedness and stupidity that your opponents are preying on.

LHardingDawg

March 26th, 2012
4:36 pm

A bama fan calling someone stupid and closeminded is the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

RickDawg49

March 26th, 2012
5:22 pm

Stop overecruiting and you stop the Tide! Speaking of stupid…. It was the Dawgs defense, not the offense that was ranked so high. Boy are YOU Bama boys dense.

not good

March 26th, 2012
5:34 pm

Hopefully the Defense scores points, and stops the other team. That way the offense can’t get on the field, and ruin it.

Thomas Brown = Mr Negativity = 13-1 East (blogger) = Techie

March 26th, 2012
6:50 pm

@tide rolling……

We may be the “most delusional fan base”, but at least we are not the most obnoxious!!!! That award goes to Bama. P.S. CMR has a winning record against you guys and your coach AH!!!

LogicalUS

March 26th, 2012
8:24 pm

” lack of production from the offense against LSU and Michigan St”

Pitiful excuse after pitiful excuse…the silly notion by these beaners is embarrassing….

LSU’s offense not getting many first down while they slept walked thru the 1st half certainly did not slow their real defense down from beotch slapping UGA around all over the field in the SECCG 2nd half beatdown now did it , Lexi Delusion. MSU defense didn’t cry about too many plays in the bowl game when they were controlling UGA in the 2nd half.

Did Vandy run too many plays as they drug the “greatest defense evah” all over Nashville?

So for the intellect challenged Lexi Delusion, let just say that for 2012, teams can only run a limited number of plays against the “greatest defense evah” and any plays after this simply do not count.

Here is a hint…with the major issues at RB\OL\WR…the offense is going to have the same issue for 2012 so get ready for more 2nd half collapses.

DOUG

March 26th, 2012
9:23 pm

Contract extension means no NCs

AltamahaDawg

March 26th, 2012
11:05 pm

we have major issues at RB and WR?

DawginLex

March 27th, 2012
9:40 am

Yeah, how do we play all of them…………….

dawg fan

March 27th, 2012
10:12 am

and a big THANK YOU to Southern Cal for saying Jones’ career is over. For someone with a fragile neck, he dominated last season and is a team player. Oh well, their huge loss is our huge gain.

dogTIRED

March 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

The word on the “internet dirt sheets” is that the Georgia AD is looking into allegations that several former players have been “helping” some current and recent players with “expenses”. The NCAA has been notified about this. We are talking about jobs with ” good pay” and “little work”, nice cars, and smaller issues like help with resturant tabs and “girlfriend problems” – if you get my drift. Word is a former quarterback and LB is at the top of the list for possible infractions. More as we get it.

20-yd TD in OT to Mikey Henderson

March 27th, 2012
1:06 pm

“There are lies, damned lies and statistics”
I’m just going to look at the product on the field and let the Coaching Staff sort out the rest. Whether you want to 39pt talk from the side of your mouth or 19-30 talk your way to making good fans doubt Mark Richt’s ability to coach, this is a really good looking football team. Jarvis Jones- probably the most dominant defender to play for us since David Pollack.
Cornelius Washington-go back and look at how this kid man-handled the tackles like Matt Patchan from Florida and the tackles from Ole Miss, and Miss State. He bull rushes better than any player I’ve seen in a long time.
Alec Ogletree- until he broke his foot in the BSU game he was totally unblockable. That was the single most significant loss for our team early in the season.
Mike Gilliard- great football instincts and just finds the ball. Pairing him in the middle with AO was pure genius by CTG.
Baccarri Rambo- Although he gets fooled by play-action and motion, his ball skills are undeniable and he’s not afraid to lay out for big hits.
Shawn Williams- poor discipline but a pure tackler. He’s got the mean streak that keeps our defense stiff.
John Jenkins-toward the end of the season when he was starting to grasp the playbook, he commanded doubles consistently and STILL found ways to pressure the passer. Prototype as a NT.
Saunder Commings- not the best hands of the group, but he is big, physical, fast, and the best jammer of the CBs.
Malcolm Mitchell- will make Mark Richt and Grantham look like geniuses at the end of the season. Best player to be moved since Pollack moved from FB to end.
Damian Swann- fluid cover-corner who will bridge the gap with Boykin gone. Not the best size but he makes up for it with quick feet and great mirror-coverage.
Branden Smith- is the only player I can truly knock as a starter. Should play exclusively at nickle as a bump-and-run guy in man-coverage. Tackles like a fagina.
Abry Jones- is a massive and active tackler who will be the anchor end with CW bullrushing from the other side. Prototype 3/5 technique hybrid.

G-Dawg

March 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

Dawg Fan…i agree with last post….and many recruits should honestly look at his situation during recruiting process. While its great to have offers from schools who are being successful on the field, doesnt always guarantee quality playing time..and making a name for yourself with NFL scouts. Jones went from being buried somewhat on a depth chart at USC…to first round material. These are the things Foster and Nkemdiche should consider. Jones came home to GA…and has become a household name with Dawg fans!!!!

MtCody59

March 27th, 2012
3:51 pm

Saban won’t allow dawgs to be best at anything other than whining. If georgia wins a BCS title then maybe Nick Saban will allow them to speak. He’s won 3 in the last 10 years. georgia has won 0. Even Auburn has won 1. Face it, Bama sets the standard that Georgia wishes its program could attain. Just Saying

ole yeller

March 27th, 2012
5:42 pm

I realize the dawgs have stumbled but i’v never seen them fall. They are a much better “D” than last year. Bash if you chose, it’s just fact not fiction. The “D” will be there. They will have depth and want run out of gas in the 2nd half. I just hope Bobo and Murray CATCH UP SOON. The “O” need them to come up big. If that happen Look Out……………..

ole yeller

March 27th, 2012
5:50 pm

I feel both Murray and Bobo must start out fast or you may see some changes early On the “O”. Too much talent wating in line. Why not give someone else a chance. Please don’t put all your eggs in one basket, it could be costly.