Notebook: Defensive star Jarvis Jones ‘questionable’ for Kentucky

ATHENS – A right ankle injury has kept Jarvis Jones out of practice since the Oct. 6 South Carolina game and could keep him out of the Kentucky game as well.

Officially the Bulldogs’ are listing their All-American outside linebacker as questionable against the Wildcats on Saturday.

“We’ll see,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We’re not counting him out yet. “He had been running on a treadmill under water and had done extremely well. We thought when we put him on land he’d hit the ground running literally. But he wasn’t ready to practice.”

Jones, who led the SEC in quarterback sacks last year with 13.5, has 5.5 this season. He’s currently third on the team with 36 tackles and has 9.5 tackles for loss.

Jones already missed one game (Florida Atlantic) with a groin injury. He also plays with a metal brace on his left knee.

“He’s banged up a little bit, but he’s working hard to get better,” said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who is also Jones’ position coach. “Everybody’s got bumps and bruises this time of year and he’s fighting to get through it. He’ll give us everything he’s got when he’s available.”

If Jones can’t go, it’d likely result in the second start for Jordan Jenkins. The 6-foot-3, 257-pound true freshman from Harris County, filled in for Jones against Florida Atlantic. He is second on the team in sacks (3) and tackles for loss (5) and has 15 tackles overall .

Grantham said the fact that Jones has been unable to get repetitions in practice doesn’t mean he won’t play.

“He knows what we’re doing, so it’s more of a precautionary thing to get him some rest,” Grantham said. “When he’s able to go full tilt and we can get where we feel like we need him for the game, then we’ll get him out there. We’ve still got Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so we’ll how it goes.”

Dogs rooting for Gators

The SEC East competition makes for strange bedfellows sometimes. For instance, Georgia players will be pulling for the Florida Gators when they play host to South Carolina this weekend and they expect the Bulldog Nation to do the same.

“I definitely am,” said Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who hails from Tampa. “I think everyone gets a free pass this week who’s a Georgia fan. I’m not saying to deck out in Florida gear, but you can definitely be a little happier if they can come out with a victory Saturday.”

Georgia, which lost to South Carolina, needs the undefeated Gators to beat the Gamecocks on Saturday in order to play its way back atop the East. A win over Florida would then give the Bulldogs the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Rooting for the Gators is more difficult for some players than others. Asked if he’d be pulling for Florida on Saturday, sophomore linebacker Amarlo Herrera said awkwardly, “Yeah. Something like that.”

TV ratings

Last Saturday’s South Carolina-LSU game could have strong bearing on Georgia’s chances in the SEC East race, and metro Atlanta TV viewers tuned in accordingly.

ESPN’s telecast of South Carolina’s loss to LSU posted a 10.2 Nielsen rating in the Atlanta TV market, translating to an audience of about 238,000 households here. The Atlanta rating for the game was fourth highest among the nation’s top 56 markets, trailing Birmingham (24.6), New Orleans (22.9) and Greenville, S.C. (21.2).

South Carolina’s loss to LSU means Georgia, despite being routed 35-7 by the Gamecocks on Oct. 6, will reach the SEC Championship game if the Bulldogs win their four remaining SEC games (including Oct. 27 against Florida) and South Carolina loses one of its three remaining league games (the most difficult of which is this week’s at Florida).

Murray pushing ‘Gurshall’

Quarterback Aaron Murray showed up at Georgia’s media day Tuesday wearing a red t-shirt that had written in white script: “Keep Calm We’ve Got Gurshall.”

“Gurshall” is, of course, the nickname players have given for the combination of freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. They’re currently averaging 173.3 yards rushing per game, which out-paces the average put up by UGA legend Herschel Walker as a freshman (146.9 ypg).

Murray said the t-shirt was the brainchild of his mother, Lauren Murray, who comes up with a t-shirt motif pretty much every week during the season.

“It’s just something she does,” Murray said. “She started out just doing it for fun and people liked so she kind of made her own little company out of it. It’s doing pretty good. She’s creative.”

Etc… .

In addition to Jones, the Bulldogs had three other players unexpectedly miss practice on Tuesday. Tailback Ken Malcome, defensive end Dexter Morant and fullback Dustin Royston missed with undisclosed illnesses… . Kentucky has 23 players on its roster from Georgia, more than any other state than its own. . . . The Bulldogs are being tight-lipped about who the surprise guest is for the “Tailgate with the Team” special event that is being planned for Thursday night at UGA’s Legion Field. UGA sent out a news release about the “pep rally” teasing that, in additiojn to Richt and the entire football team,  “a very famous surprise guest” will be present.  The event starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, admission is free and t-shirts and pizza will be available.

22 comments Add your comment

Tampa Gator

October 16th, 2012
9:53 pm

First…..will Florida be soon?

Tampa Gator

October 16th, 2012
9:53 pm

I sure that will get some second opinions……..

Tampa Gator

October 16th, 2012
10:06 pm

Well….maybe Dawg fans have run out of second opinions.

SM9

October 16th, 2012
10:19 pm

Dumb move for Murray to wear that t shirt. The quaterback is supposed to be the leader of the team and is needed to step up in big games. Murray has not won a big game for Georgia in his career! Wearing a shirt that says stay calm we have two freshmen running backs, is frankly scary. If he is the guy to take UGA to where it wants to be he needs to step up. Im not sold and haven’t been in the last three years.

Alphare

October 16th, 2012
10:25 pm

UGA got Gurshalled by USC last week. Be careful, don’t get Gurshalled again by FL.

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Really?

October 17th, 2012
4:02 am

We abandoned out game plan, our defense didn’t show up, our coaches were out coached.
Why do we except this? Last year i was on the band wagon to keep Richt, after that 35-7 game, i understand he can’t do any better. Well at least our guys will get drafted high and do well in the NFL!

Coarch Ric

October 17th, 2012
7:37 am

@Really?

You don’t “except” it, you accept it.

I, for one, am pleased that you do! ;)

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Chris Mike

October 17th, 2012
9:34 am

Aaron is not a leader, if he was he would never lean on two freshman to help motviate a team. I always said this about him, in big games he fold. If you go back to the SC game, Aaron was scared like a deer in headlights. Saying Bull ..it like this I dream about this guy Clowney for two nights. What! Who say things like that.

Will Trane

October 17th, 2012
10:28 am

Dawg Tired

October 17th, 2012
10:29 am

TG – I’m still stunned that you would consider voting for a man whose campaign ads tout him as being the person who will not reduce government spending like his opponent is promising to do. I thought all thoughtful folks had an understanding of how overspending is a formula for financial disaster. Never has there been a clearer choice in an election. This will tell us whether we will remain viable as a nation or not. Excessive debt will bring us down eventually.

UGA Insider

October 17th, 2012
10:50 am

This team better focus on UK. This game really worries me…

docdawg

October 17th, 2012
10:59 am

Lighten up SM, they`re kids in college, give Jarvis time to heal, will need everyone at full tilt for Fl along with intelligent gameplan this time! UK ahead

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Preston Ridlehuber

October 17th, 2012
12:31 pm

murray needs to start winning IMPORTANT games and stop choking.

GO DOGS!!!

Dawg258

October 17th, 2012
12:42 pm

Funny how everyone thinks it’s the coaching and the only thing I would wish for more out of them is to run up the score at will!!!! put more pressure that even if you turn it over your offense is good enough to score 2 more.
See the problem isnt Richt can’t get it done in big games….. think about it, David Greene and Stafford played for Richt and they won big games…. I’m really starting to think it’s the momma’s boy that can’t win the big game not Richt. The shirt proves the thought process isnt on him putting the team on the shoulders and taking them to the NCG it’s on 2 freshman!
Fact is Right has had no problem winning big games until Murray became QB.
The thing is, I think he’s a good QB and it’s actually Bobo that molded this problem for him.
Where’s the Murray that ran like other Freshman QB’s in the league (UF) when murray was a freshman???

Just some thoughts, I’ll be there next weekend and I hope we can find someone that doesnt overthrow WR’s and WR’s that can catch the ball!!! and watch for fakes!!!

Dawg258

October 17th, 2012
12:43 pm

Here’s one for next week momma Murray – How about the shirt reading,

I BLEED SWAG! with the G logo!

Go Dawgs!!! GATA

I'm a realist

October 17th, 2012
1:08 pm

I hope they do hold him out of the Kentucky game. I heard Richt say “If Jones can play, he will against Kentucky. We’re not going to just hold him out.” That is an idiotic way to look at the situtation. What if JJ hurts himself during the FLorida game and is out there banged up like he was against the Gamecocks. Our defense is completely different when he’s not getting pressure. Rest the guy. As if Kentucky wasn’t struggling enough already, they have a ton of guys questionable or out for this game with injuries. They were bad to begin with, now they are terrible. Why risk Jarvis’ health when you can save him for the game that really matters? WIthout a healthy Jarvis, what chance do we have a beating Florida? He was the difference last season with his four sacks and constant pressure.

rawdawg

October 17th, 2012
1:10 pm

Really, you guys are reading that deeply into a t-shirt slogan? Perhaps some of us need to get a life LoL

I'm a realist

October 17th, 2012
1:12 pm

I understand the importance of playing every game hard and respecting your competition. But this Kentucky team is so banged up that they would be blown out by a lot of ACC teams. They are without their starting quarterback and you saw how their backups played against Florida… So let’s be realistic and rest our banged up guys. Run Gurley down their throats, Murray will burn their defense with the play action and then give our second string defense some valuable experience. Those guys need the playing time considering how many of our starters from this year will have graduated or declared for the NFL Draft. Get Jenkins and Ramik Wilson some experience, because they are important to our future on defense.

faithfuldawg86

October 17th, 2012
6:56 pm

SM9 and Chris Mike: Get over it – it was cute. Why are you idiots on here so literal? Thank you, Doc Dawg! Finally, someone with a little sense on here…