Jarvis Jones wants to ’seize the moment’

ATHENS – Chatting with several reporters for about 15 minutes between practices Tuesday, Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones mentioned that he is on pace to graduate next summer.

He smiled as he realized that comment invited the sure-to-be-often-asked question: Will he stick around campus that long or leave early for the 2013 NFL draft?

“Man, we’ve got a long season ahead of us,” Jones said. “A prediction or anything in that sense -– I’m just going to let it play out. I know where you’re trying to get me to go there, but if I’m blessed to have the opportunity, I think our coaches and the Bulldog Nation will realize. But as far as now, we’re in training … and that’s what I’m focused on, making myself and my teammates better.

“The next move, man, is going to be down the road, which I don’t know what it is yet. I’m just trying to take it all in stride. You know, carpe diem and just seize the moment I have right now.”

Jones also was eligible for this year’s NFL draft (because of his redshirt season in 2010 after transferring from USC), but he never considered the option despite a splendid 2011 season in which he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and a half-dozen other organizations.

“I think [people] know I stayed to get better, stayed to mature and become a better person outside of football,” Jones said today.  “You get some people that are, like, ‘Well, I would have taken the money’, or ‘I would have [done] this.’ It ain’t all about the money. A lot of guys could have left and made money. But they … came back here here to get better, to become legends of the university. Because once football is over here, you’ll never step between the hedges again and play.

“You got to … leave everything here that you can. I think that’s what we want to do. … All the guys, they bought into it, and we believe in each other and want to do something great. All the guys don’t want to be just another name or another number that just came through here and went to the pros. We want to [put up] one of those [championship] plaques downstairs and be remembered as long as this university stands.”

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txfood

August 7th, 2012
2:11 pm

1ST AGAIN….

Martin the Calvinist

August 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

Good for Jarvis! GATA! Go Dawgs! I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year for the Bulldogs!

drbasic1

August 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

Great young man. Has his head on straight. Wish everyone had his attitude. DGD

Pj

August 7th, 2012
2:21 pm

He is a blessing for uga. Reminds
Me of pollack a lot

HABDAWG

August 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

go jarvis go dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McDawg

August 7th, 2012
2:24 pm

captian for life-hope he gives that talk before every game

Cdpridg

August 7th, 2012
2:28 pm

Jarvis is a DGD……GATA this season Jarvis!!

I wish we had 85 Jarvis Jones on Scholarship

August 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

Love this guy! Can we clone him.

PIERCE DAWG

August 7th, 2012
2:30 pm

JARVIS YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!BULLDOG NATION SUPPORTS YOU!!! GO DAWGS

Spanky

August 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

Completely agree!! Hope Jarvis can bring back the “Junkyard D”!! Go Dawgs!!

Ole Big Dawg

August 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

I suspect that the Dawg D will get after it again this year. Jarvis will vb lead the charge with all his feller Dawgs with him!

Nick

August 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

This guy is very quickly becoming my favorite Bulldog. Smart guy, respectful, committed and a damn fine ballplayer to boot.

Go Dawgs!

mad~catfish

August 7th, 2012
2:36 pm

” All the guys don’t want to be just another name or another number that just came through here and went to the pros. We want to [put up] one of those [championship] plaques downstairs and be remembered as long as this university stands.”

wow! now that is what i want to start hearing out of our players…lets stop recruiting how many stars a guy has and start recruiting the heart and the want to be a dawg!!!! just remember david pollack was a 3 star…..

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

August 7th, 2012
2:39 pm

Exactly what comes to mind when I think of an old school Junkyard Dawg. Great attitude, heart, grit and determination. All “TEAM” and no “me”. Erk would have loved him some Jarvis!!! GATA

Dawg Fud

August 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

Go get it, Jarvis! It is there for the taking!

G-Dawg

August 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

This is what Bulldog legends are man of!! JJ is establishing himself each Saturday between the hedges. His path should be a message to other instate recruits…going outta state to “flavor of the month” institutions doesnt always translate to long term gratitude with fanbases. UGA is pretty well known to support their players after the years because of the commitments made to their communities. In this case, the state of GA.

gomdawg

August 7th, 2012
2:42 pm

NOW THAT IS A PLAYER WITH HIS HEAD ON RIGHT. GO DAWGS

'94 UGA Alumnus

August 7th, 2012
2:42 pm

We love you Jarvis. Thank you for staying and may God bless you with a healthy and successful season.

WnE

August 7th, 2012
2:49 pm

re:
mad~catfish
August 7th, 2012
2:36 pm

” All the guys don’t want to be just another name or another number that just came through here and went to the pros. We want to [put up] one of those [championship] plaques downstairs and be remembered as long as this university stands.”

wow! now that is what i want to start hearing out of our players…lets stop recruiting how many stars a guy has and start recruiting the heart and the want to be a dawg!!!! just remember david pollack was a 3 star…..
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IIRC, Jarvis was one of those “can’t miss 4* or 5* guys”, when he signed with USC out of HS.

The #’s of stars don’t dictate their mindset and ideology towards the Team and being Team guys, more than likely it is how they were raised by their parents, and how willing they are to accept coaching.

Guys like Jarvis probably accepted coaching at a very early age and it still carries on to this day.

Didn’t he go to the same HS and played for the same HS HC that Crowell did, yet his mindset is 180-degrees different.

There are plenty of highly rated recruits that do the right things and have good work ethic, you just have to find them.

At some point individuals have to want to be better people and be accountable for everything they do.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

August 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

Someone needs to sieze the moment against ranked teams. It sure isn’t your coordinator at half time.

Jimmy Crack

August 7th, 2012
3:00 pm

Spoken like a fine young man and good teammate, Jarvis. The best of luck to you.

Holy Guacamole

August 7th, 2012
3:03 pm

JJ is a fine young man. I’ll bet Lame Kitten wishes that they hadn’t used roster management to cut him at USC. Our gain, big time. Wish we had a roster full of Jarvis’s.

And now, for the UGA bashing idiots on this blog, (whistle blows).

True ATL Fan

August 7th, 2012
3:05 pm

People please understand this. This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with good coaching or being athletic and is so much bigger than football. Dude is simply cut from good cloth. How many people under the age of 25 now-a-days do you hear saying “It’s not all about the money.” Very refreshing to hear in the society that we live in. Jarvis is a DGD true, but he sounds like a person that “gets it” when most of us really don’t.

Spanky

August 7th, 2012
3:05 pm

That’s what I’m talkin ’bout, Brunswick!!

Speaking of Junkyard D, including the “Roverback position(Universal Defensive Back)”, who would be a good Roverback this year?? … I say that Shawn Williams would be the Rover..

Also, try to just ignore nerds posing as Tide fans/Ohio State fans/ (any school other than Tech)…if I was a Tech fan, I’d be bored with my own affiliation as well…but then again, I’d also get bored with playing video games in mom’s basement and humping inflate-a-mates!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 7th, 2012
3:06 pm

That is what a leader is made of. Great example of what a legend is made of for sure. DGD!

Calistoga Dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:09 pm

Wish more of these young men could be like Jarvis. Hell, some of is non-football playing idiots could take some tips from him. Glad he is on our team. We’re better having him and not just because of his on the field ability.

dawggirl

August 7th, 2012
3:10 pm

We are so lucky to have him as a Dawg. Truly a special athlete and an even more special person. All the best to you, Jarvis!

Augusta dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:11 pm

Glad JJ has his priorities straight. I hope he gets that title he deserves. Would be sweet to do it against USC in the national championship. Ready for kickoff. Blessings to JJ. 

Rodney Tweet

August 7th, 2012
3:11 pm

LOL Spanky- I do remember the Rover position. Bacarri Rambo would be my pick, Greg Blue,Thomas Davis,and Champ Bailey gets very late shout-outs.

Top Dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:12 pm

Here is a DGD that “gets it”! Very refreshing. He will be remembered… He will be missed! GO DAWGS!

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

August 7th, 2012
3:13 pm

Your team could be full of this if Mark Richt would recruit (or oversign as your call it). You were lucky to get this one back after he left orginally.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

August 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

Augusta dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:11 pm
Glad JJ has his priorities straight. I hope he gets that title he deserves. Would be sweet to do it against USC in the national championship. Ready for kickoff. Blessings to JJ. 

Does he play another sport?!?

Spanky

August 7th, 2012
3:18 pm

Tide, he plays basketball.

Rodney- I loved it when Greg Blue made a “dive-bomb hit”, then you heard “Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuue” from approx. 90,000!! Good one!!

Paddy

August 7th, 2012
3:20 pm

mad-catfish……………well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bama=home of the T-bag special

August 7th, 2012
3:27 pm

@The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it..your pretty funny…heck if we had a shot at LSU twice we would have had twice the chance to beat them..and since we put together a much better half than the Tide did against them in either game you played them in, I like our chances of beating them the second time.

DGD!

August 7th, 2012
3:40 pm

pollack sometimes is to critical of the dawgs wether on local radio or espn. i dont mind beig truthful and he is certainly entitled to do so. that bein said still think he was a dgd but if jj had been here for 4 full seasons under grantham, with his attitude and work ethic he coulda been one of the all time greats…even better than dp. the thing i love about jj is he will be a true dawg for life like hines.

bitter Hill-folk

August 7th, 2012
3:45 pm

jarvis good luck and keep leading by —EXAMPLE—-Better than any WORDS

a.p. dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

In today’s society where the attitude of most college aged kids is I want what I want and I want it now, it is refreshing to see this type of attitude. I have my concerns at RB and OL like most dawg fans but I am not as concerned with a lack of leadership among our upperclassmen this year.
Before the 2004 season, there was an urban legend going around about Pollack making some of the freshmen get up at 2:00 am and run sprints because they were up to things they shouldn’t have been. He supposedly told them that he didn’t come back for his sr year to have a bunch of young screw-ups drag the team down. I believe we have that type of upperclass leadership this yr.

Dawglasville

August 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

It’s not about the money. If more people understood that, the happier their lives would be. Great going Jarvis. You are way ahead of the curve for your age. A DGD.

WtfWruthnkn

August 7th, 2012
3:50 pm

You love him for what he does for you not for who he is….Fact

bitter Hill-folk

August 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

ITS NOT FAIR, but alot of winning falls in the hands of the——QB

And murray will either sink our ship WITH BAD THROWS—–OR

———— BEE A —TEAM PLAYA

Vampire Bill

August 7th, 2012
3:54 pm

Destin Dawg

August 7th, 2012
3:56 pm

JJ is the man, great role model for our younger players, Grantham’s Junk yard Dawg defense will shut “em down… S & C is improved.. Nutrionist Jen Ketterly has our guys eating home cooking meat & veggies… you’ll see results in O Line , running game, and 4th Qtr.. Go dawgs win the SEC Champs THIS year !!

Pan-cho

August 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

love how in you dawg dummies minds, you won a game you lost 42-10.

MidGA Dawg

August 7th, 2012
4:02 pm

wow! i gain more respect for JJ everyday!

MidGA Dawg

August 7th, 2012
4:06 pm

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it –

the alabama football website is http://www.rolltide.com/……get stepping right on over there and have your self a good time reading about YOUR OWN TEAM….troll…

scout 2

August 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

Jarvis has mega class and character to go along with his defensive skills and tempo of play. He deserves all the accolades that surround him and he is an outstanding mentor and leader for his teammates. I believe Alec Ogletree is just as sound a LB at his inside position. He reads the play very quickly and attacks the line of scrimmage and “stones” running backs in their tracks and actually runs through them. If he stays healthy, he’ll have just as many accolades flowing in his direction as this year progresses.

Toccoa Dawg

August 7th, 2012
4:16 pm

I hope Jarvis graduates. I am sure David Pollack is glad he did.

Bama=home of the T-bag special

August 7th, 2012
4:19 pm

@Pan-cho where oh where trollster did you read anyone saying we beat LSU…..waiting.

JB

August 7th, 2012
4:27 pm

It’s sad knowing that our entire defense could be full of Jarvis Jones type talent if Richt could shut down the border, We would be in the hunt every year…..This state is loadedddddddddd year after year and about half of the best 10 leave every year.