Bulldogs making sure Jarvis Jones doesn’t lose his helmet

COLUMBIA, MO. – You may have noticed that Jarvis Jones’ helmet did not pop off once during Georgia’s opener. That was no accident.

Jones’ helmet popped off a bunch last season. In fact, Jones said a fan recently informed him that he counted and Jones’ helmet came off 26 times in the 2011 season. Jones couldn’t verify that number but said, “I know it happened a lot.”

The Bulldogs couldn’t afford for that to happen this season. The NCAA enacted a rule that dictates that a player whose helmet comes off without being forcibly removed by an opponent has to come out of the game for the next play regardless of the situation.

“I can’t come out of the game, period” the All-American linebacker said. “That can’t happen.”

A few things have helped ensure it doesn’t happen. First off, the Bulldogs aren’t opening the season in Nike’s Pro Combat uniforms. According to UGA equipment manager John Meshad, many of the helmets for Georgia’s season opener against Boise State — including Jones’ — didn’t arrive until a few days before the game. He said he prefers to have players wear their game helmets at least a dozen times before an actual game. The Bulldogs, who have new helmets as they do every season, did that this year. Jones and other players who have long dreadlocks, also were re-fitted with specially-designed,  chin straps that are designed to hold the helmets tighter on their heads.

Just thought you’d like to know.

18 comments Add your comment

Darrell Rogers

September 8th, 2012
7:32 pm

Lets go for a big win!

UGA Fan Foreva

September 8th, 2012
7:37 pm

triple floption

September 8th, 2012
9:00 pm

The d has shown up tonight…….but where is our QB and offense?


September 8th, 2012
9:19 pm

Hey dawgs run it up the middle…..ha ha ha ha ….mark richt for president…vp bobo!!!!

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
11:18 pm

Now we just needs to blast helments off Mizzou to show them who boss from real SEC. We start pulling away for wins now with the lead.

Go Dawgs!

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
11:20 pm

Woohoo! And the blowout is on! I knew the kitty cats not up to SEC talents.

Tim Dawg

September 8th, 2012
11:48 pm

Big Boy football Go Dawgs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 8th, 2012
11:53 pm

Tim, I think that was Old Man football.


September 8th, 2012
11:55 pm

where are all the techies


September 9th, 2012
12:00 am

JJ becoming one of the best Dawgs of all time! 


September 9th, 2012
12:02 am

God bless Tulane safety Devon Walker this young man may be in serious trouble.


September 9th, 2012
12:08 am

Great effort and energy by mizzou gotta play all four qts just ask Arky.If you cant run the ball you cant win anywhere much less the sec


September 9th, 2012
12:15 am

Jarvis Jones is a beast.


September 9th, 2012
12:19 am

Go Dawgs!

Our prayers are with D. Walker from Tulane. May God bless him and the Doctors in charge of his care. Days like this certainly help to put thngs in perspective.


September 9th, 2012
1:41 am

Looks like Walker will be ok…

Mike Franklin

September 9th, 2012
8:38 am

Please, no more uni makeovers. No more Nike pro-clown garb.

Mizzou’s unis looked like some 1970’s throw-back, roller derby ensemble. GT’s new design is a cross between spiderman and one of those netted bags you buy Vidalia onions in.



September 10th, 2012
9:40 am


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