UGA freshman Jordan Jenkins says he’s ready if Jarvis Jones can’t go

Freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins recovers a fumble against Missouri in his second game with the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

Freshman outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins recovers a fumble against Missouri in his second game with the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Rob Saye)

ATHENS – Jordan Jenkins says he hopes his friend and position-mate Jarvis Jones will be able to play against Kentucky this Saturday. But his comments belie him.

Jones, Georgia’s All-American outside linebacker, did not practice again on Wednesday. He has now missed every workout since he suffered a right ankle injury in the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina Oct. 6. And because of the off week, the Wednesday practice represented what would normally be the Thursday walk-through on a game week.

In other words, it doesn’t look like Jones is in position to start, much less play, against the Wildcats. And Jenkins, his backup at the weakside outside linebacker position, doesn’t seem too bummed about it.

“I’ve been thinking on it,” Jenkins said following Wednesday’s practice. “If (Jones) doesn’t play or plays hurt a little — I don’t know which it’s going to be — I’m going to try to hurry up and get some sacks. I want to get up to his level or get past him before he gets back.”

Jenkins, a true freshman from Harris County, trails Jones 5.5 to 3.0 in the quarterback sacks department. As it turns out, the two have a very competitive relationship, in a friendly kind of way.

“I never get no congratulatory stuff from Jarvis,” said Jenkins, a 5-star signee out of Harris County High School. “And I always do everything for him. When we get to the hotels – we room together – the AC will be right by him. I’ll say, ‘how ‘bout turning the air down.’ He’s says, ‘you got legs; go ahead and get up freshman.’ Somebody will knock at the door for roll call, I’ve got to get up from the far side of the room and go open the door.

“But I love him. It’s brotherly love. I’ll take a little bit of it.”

Obviously, Georgia would be better off playing Jones, who led the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss a year ago and earned national player of the week honors earlier this season. But in addition to the ankle injury, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound junior has been playing with a strained groin and sprained left knee most of the season.

As a result, Jenkins has played more snaps than most anticipated coming into the season. He already started in Jones’ place against Florida Atlantic in the third game this season. Jenkins has collected 15 tackles, five tackles for loss, eight quarterback pressures, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery in his limited playing time.

“I like him,” Richt said. “He’s very disciplined in what he does. He’s one of those kids who, when you teach him something, he tries to do it just the way you tell him to do it. He creates good habits on a daily basis. He’s gotten a ton of reps as a freshman and he’s taken full advantage of them. He has a lot of the physical attributes you’d like to have in a great rush guy. I think he can play it very well.”

Richt said Jenkins reminds him of Jamal Reynolds, an Augusta native who earned All-America honors while playing defensive end at Florida State from 1997-2000. Reynolds was the No. 10 overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft

“Kind of the same body type, real athletic, fast, smart kid,” Richt said. “But I don’t know if Jamal showed up as big and physical as Jordan is right now.”

For the record, the coaching staff is being very evasive about Jones’ availability on Saturday.

“There will be an injury report that will come out in just a minute,” coach Mark Richt said. . . . “I’m sure you would understand I don’t really want the whole world to know what’s going on because somebody has to play us and decide whether they’re planning for him or not planning for him. So that’s why I’m not going to say anything.”

Jenkins was less ambiguous about it. “I’m starting to get the feeling, not seeing him come back today. I started thinking, ‘OK, OK, I might be starting Saturday. I need to get my stuff ready and let Coach Grantham know I my playbook and I’m not going to mess up on anything.’ I did pretty good today.”

Whatever happens with Jones on Saturday, it’s clear that Jenkins will play a major role. And he claims he’ll be ready for it.

“I think having that start against Florida Atlantic definitely helped me,” Jenkins said. “I’ll know what to expect; I won’t be nervous; I won’t be caught up in the lights. I felt like the last game I started I did all right but I didn’t do anything exceptionally well. I want to perform better than that. I’m going to try to come out from the get-go full-speed and be ready to get some things going.”

And in all seriousness, Jenkins said Jones has been his biggest advocate, as well as his biggest critic. Jones has tried to teach Jenkins everything he knows about playing outside linebacker.

“This whole past week, me and Jarvis have really been working on my pass rush,” Jenkins said. “When we’ve been doing one-on-one,  he’s been working with me on my moves. I’ve got four or five down and I’ve got one Jarvis says I can do better than him. . . . He’s always helping me out and fine-tuning my pass rush. . . . I love the experience of having him here to help me out.”

Etc.

Then Bulldogs practiced for 90 minutes in a non-contact workout Wednesday as they made final preparations for Kentucky. It was their sixth practice for Saturday’s game due to the off week. They’ll have a similar practice on Thursday. “We had very few missed assignments with the number one unit, a few with the number twos, and we’ll do it again tomorrow,” Richt said. “We’re working on getting ready to play fast.” . . . The Bulldogs are being tight-lipped about “a surprise guest” who is scheduled to be on hand for the “Tailgate with the Team” special event that is being planned for Thursday night at UGA’s Legion Field. The pep-rally-style event will feature Richt and the entire team. … Tailback Ken Malcome and fullback Dustin Royston returned to practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday with an undisclosed illness. Defensive end Dexter Morant remained sidelined with the same malady.

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David

October 17th, 2012
8:20 pm

Love the brotherly hazing.

bigcalidawg

October 17th, 2012
8:27 pm

Let’s hope he can get to the qb.

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Coffee Bluff DAWG

October 17th, 2012
8:28 pm

UGA doesn’t need J Jones getting re-injured against UK. He along with everyone else needs to be at full strength against UF.

Dwayne

October 17th, 2012
8:28 pm

I think Jones has become a bust, not impressed with him lately.

Jack

October 17th, 2012
8:30 pm

Future star….no doubt.

Rick James

October 17th, 2012
8:30 pm

Jarvis should rest this week.

ugab

October 17th, 2012
8:30 pm

Jarvis has not been a factor. The dawgs need a spark on D. A big spark. Let Jarvis heal up. SOMEONE NEEDS TO STEP UP.

kingdaddy

October 17th, 2012
8:47 pm

Rest Jarvis, get him ready for Jville. Put Jenks in and turn him & Ray Ray loose…

joe jenkins

October 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

I agree jones needs the rest…i disagree if we win out and beat bama…we deserve to be in the mnc game….we cant help it that aub and tenn…mizzo are having bad years…..but none of that is going to happen anyways because the defense is not playing like it should…we will struggle with kent…joker is already telling his qb to take off running…you know how we struggle with mobile qb’s…does any of our guys on defense ever get a clean shot at other opposing team qb’s??….geez

kingdaddy

October 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

Give Garrison more snaps too. Shake it up…

Dan B

October 17th, 2012
8:50 pm

tell me again

October 17th, 2012
8:51 pm

Jarvis is banged up – a groin injury alone will make any kind of forced or strained movement nearly unbearable – it’s amazing he has played as much as he has. The good news – Jordan Jenkins has the talent to flourish into a star – the talent is there – we’ll see if coach TG can get it to perform. Something is amiss in Athens as far as this defense is concerned this year – let’s hope they get it squared away and soon. Oh no! Spurrier lost to LSU – a lower ranked team! If he loses to Florida he will only be winning 33% of his games against ranked teams this year, one UGA win and losses to LSU and Florida – fire him, fire him! – and if he loses any more he will be right there with CMR……what a disaster for SC…….I’m sure the hot seat is already warming up under Spurrier…you can tell he’s worried. Not. Some of you people – have any of you noticed how many RANKED teams bit the dust last week? It’s a frikkin game people – grow up.

kingdaddy

October 17th, 2012
8:56 pm

Joe
That would be a good reason to put our faster ends & tackle in. Also, go ahead and give one of our LBs or Safties practice “shadowing” Kentuckys qb for the game. This may help us prepare for UFs QB…

joe jenkins

October 17th, 2012
9:16 pm

I agree with your post kingdaddy…I just hope we kill this pathetic team in blue grass state!!! For one week i would just like to sit back and enjoy a UGA victory and not get my blood pressure up like most weekends….this should be a easy victory for us

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outkasted

October 17th, 2012
9:27 pm

Christian Robinson is the weak link in defense he’s too slow gillard should be playing more than him

Wildgator

October 17th, 2012
9:40 pm

Hate to hear about players getting hurt. Maybe he should have gone Pro last year. The injuries might hurt his draft stock.

Rabid Dawg'84

October 17th, 2012
9:51 pm

Bobo, PLEASE let the backs run wide some? Gurley has speed and power, dbs don’t want any of him, Marshall makes them fall down alot. Why we didn’t run wide on SCAR after the 1st play went 15 yds, I never know. Go Dawgs!

evil empire

October 17th, 2012
9:52 pm

rent-a-dawg jones should have gone to the nfl instead of going back to hooterville…

Dawggone

October 17th, 2012
9:56 pm

Jarvis hasn’t been the same since Missouri, unfortunately. Jenkins has played well, but where in the world is Ray Drew?

evil empire

October 17th, 2012
9:56 pm

gurshall gained all those yards against nobodys…they ain’t all that…

Dawg Haus

October 17th, 2012
10:07 pm

Jordan Jenkins is living up to that five-star ranking already. He sounds like a good kid off the field, too. GATA, #59!

Dawg Haus

October 17th, 2012
10:10 pm

Also, best wishes for a speedy recovery for Jarvis Jones!

Cat In The ATL

October 17th, 2012
10:25 pm

As a Kentucky alumnus, I can say without any doubt that they don’t need him to beat my team. They could play the back ups and still win by 30. Fire Joker!

FLA DAWG

October 17th, 2012
10:35 pm

WOW !!

The DAWGS get to play a 1 – 4 (or is it 1-5) KY team !!

I am SO LOOKING FORWARD to this joke of a game that I will NOT WATCH IT.

DAWG NATION…………….TURN IT OFF, TURN IT OFF, TURN IT OFF.

TURN IT OFF

TURN IT OFF

TURN IF OFF

nhgamecock

October 17th, 2012
10:41 pm

Well good luck just heard Marcus is out Sat vs UF so it may a big may be another team in Atl to play Bama…

Keith

October 17th, 2012
10:42 pm

Have not been impresses with Jone’s play lately after all the hype. IMO he is alrady looking toward the NFL and just trying to ride this out. Every week some other excuse, let the freshman or someone hungry take his spot.

whipped, flat, unresponsive

October 17th, 2012
10:48 pm

South Carolina Crows this year

October 17th, 2012
11:01 pm

Spurrrier should not worry about the Dawgs taking the East. We made those bulldogs squeal like pigs and I am not so sure they will be able to take Kentucky after we taught them what real football is like. Hate me Dawg fans but you guys aint all that after all fellows.

GB's Hamburgers

October 17th, 2012
11:18 pm

I agree with Dwayne. After the Missouri game, where’s he been? I don’t think we’ll miss him. Don’t every worry that Georgia is not putting great athletes on the field. It’s the coaching that’s the X factor.

7576DAWG

October 17th, 2012
11:26 pm

Am I hearing right that both Shaw and Lattimore may not play or at best be at half speed for the Florida game. If South Carolina does not have both of these players at their best Florida will win that game by 10 points.

7576DAWG

October 17th, 2012
11:30 pm

Sorry I mean Lattimore and Clowney. Shaw is okay .

Athens

October 17th, 2012
11:33 pm

Gamecocks tackle Kelsy Quarles may be out too due to a possible suspension. Spurier said it is a “game time decision” and we all know what an enforcer of puninhment he is. Spurrier was heard tellling him he had to keep his condo temp at 73 insteaded of 72 and that should teach him a lesson.

Athens

October 17th, 2012
11:36 pm

@South Carolina Croaks

Boy,with all the history and tradition we are sure paying attention to you. Can you post somemore?

7576DAWG

October 17th, 2012
11:44 pm

Sanders has the flu also. I think South Carolina has too many handicaps. I still say Florida has too good of a defense and they win by 10. This give Georgia at least a chance to control whether they get back to Atlanta.

t2go

October 18th, 2012
12:19 am

Was wondering why Coach said he would not hold Jarvis out for Kentucky if he was able to play. Why would he not?!! We should be able to beat Kentucky without half the starters…I do not understand Richt at all sometimes. I think Jarvis has been at half speed for many games…which explains his low impact. He is a great player…get healthy JJ!! We need ya!!

On our way back to the dome

October 18th, 2012
12:58 am

Just beat Florida or pack your bags for Tampa. There should be no excuse after getting railroaded by S C to not be more prepared for Florida after a week off & playing against the worst team in the S E C. No more excuses Richt…..We want a win over a legitimate team. Do it next weekend down in Jax or take your whole staff & do a mass walkout because we don’t want to see your underachiving asses anymore if you can’t win a big game. That is all

DogRoll

October 18th, 2012
1:44 am

Ga can beat lowly kentucky with their third string. rest jarvis until the fla game. Dogs pull the upset!! Ga 30 fl 23!!!

Glory Between the Hedges

October 18th, 2012
1:53 am

Look…Some of you are being brutal about Jarvis Jones. The man has played hurt almost the entire year. His groin injury has gotten worse lately and now his ankle is hurt on top of it. Jarvis is a Damn good Dawg because he gives us everything he has healthy or hurt. His injuries are what has stopped him from being more effective lately, not his NFL desire. I have known Jarvis since he was a junior in high school and although he went to my rival high school I know for a fact the mans head and heart are in the right place. GO DAWGS!

Big Dawg

October 18th, 2012
2:55 am

Glory’s got it right. This whole “Jarvis is a bust” and “Jones is making excuses” bull needs to stop right now. I’m disgusted by the sheer number of fair-weather Dawg fans that rise after a loss… Either get on the bus, or stand in front of it. We can do without. JJ has been a beast this year and past, and when he needs us the most y’all go and quit on him?

Sure he hasn’t been full speed since Missouri, but he kept busting his tail. Remember, it’s not one injury, it’s three (groin, knee, and now, ankle). Let him heal up this weekend against an inferior opponent, and unleash him for the game in J’ville. Simple as that.

I better not catch any of you fair-weather fans down there. Pissin’ me off…

Go Dawgs!
Class of 2010

clay

October 18th, 2012
4:08 am

I don’t know why everyone keeps saying that Bama is going to play for the SEC championship. They are going to lose to LSU. Think about it people. It’s a night game @LSU and Bama does not have that good of an offense. AJ cannot throw the ball downfield. They don’t even trust him in 3rd and shorts.

Bitter cant win the big one

October 18th, 2012
5:54 am

Still SHELL-SHOCKED about the chickens beating us like a RED HEADED STEP CHILD

———Now our game with the ga_yturds will determine if the dawgs have -

——————PRIDE

henne

October 18th, 2012
6:30 am

Jarvis needs to come back for his senior season … these past few games have dropped him from the top of Mel Kiper’s big board.

Daisy Mae

October 18th, 2012
6:39 am

What’s really going on with Jones?

Bo Duke

October 18th, 2012
6:49 am

Jones is not worth his weight in salt!!!!! He’s not in high school anymore!!!!!!!

WtfWruthnkn

October 18th, 2012
7:00 am

How fickle are you guys…. Jones as been hurt since the MO game and now people are throwing him under the bus…all this talk about loyalty yet you tray them the first chance you get.,. No wonder the best players leave the state

WtfWruthnkn

October 18th, 2012
7:02 am

Most of you couldn’t play at this level with perfect health and he has been out here with a bad groin, knee, and ankle. And you have the balls to critique him? Bunch of weak minded dumb@sses

WtfWruthnkn

October 18th, 2012
7:06 am

Jarvis should catch the first thing smoking out of Athens, along with every other draft able player and prepare for his future because the fans don’t deserve or respect them and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis. And will turn their b ack on the in a heart beat….

Dawg89

October 18th, 2012
7:21 am

Question: Is Jones really injured, or is Richt covering up another rules violation to explain why Jones isn’t playing? Richt is such a liar that that it’s hard to tell.

Columbus Dawg

October 18th, 2012
7:21 am

Folks ripping Jarvis need to crawl in a hole. Folks ripping folks for ripping Richt need to crawl in a hole. Richt needs to win out, have some luck with UF beating SC, then beat WHICH EVER TEAM is the representative from the west in the SEC Championship. If Richt can not get this done he should resign.