UPDATED: UGA starting DE Abry Jones out for rest of regular season after ankle surgery

Georgia will have to juggle its defensive front after learning that starting defensive end Abry Jones is out 6 to 8 weeks following ankle surgery on Tuesday. (AJC photo by Brant Sander,lin)

Georgia will have to juggle its defensive front after learning that starting defensive end Abry Jones is out 6 to 8 weeks following ankle surgery on Tuesday. (AJC photo by Brant Sander,lin)

UPDATE ON STORY I FILED LAST NIGHT . . .

ATHENS — Abry Jones’ high school coach confirmed what had been floated around on social media and hinted by his Georgia coaches and teammates. The Bulldogs’ starting defensive end is likely out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery on Tuesday.

Kevin Kinsler, the head coach at Northside High in Warner Robins, is the only one to provide anything resembling a confirmation and then only reluctantly so. But he did confirm that Jones underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital and is looking at a long recovery as a result.

“I’ve just texted back and forth with his parents a little bit and that’s it,” said Kinsler, who was Jones’ defensive coordinator when he was at Northside. “All we know is the surgery went well and they were talking six to eight weeks. But we haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk with them or anything like that. I imagine it’s been pretty hectic up there.”

Obviously the recovery time will mean Jones will likely be out the rest of the season with a shot of coming back for a post-Christmas bowl game. Jones’ absence with the Bulldogs will be felt on defense.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 308-pound senior, has started 26 games and played in 45 for the Bulldogs at defensive end. Jones had to sit out the Florida Atlantic game earlier this season with an injury to the same left ankle. He had 17 tackles before having to leave the Kentucky game this past Saturday on Georgia’s second defensive play.

While Jones’ stats don’t raise any eyebrows, he has been known as a stalwart for holding his ground and establishing a defensive edge on the perimeter. Those skills will be missed this Saturday as the Bulldogs try to contain Florida quarterback Jeff Driskell and his band of speedy backs and backfield crossing wideouts.

Garrison Smith, a 6-3, 297-pound junior from Atlanta, will fill start in Jones’ place. Smith has a lot of experience, including a start this season and two last year, and is actually Georgia’s second-leading tackler among down linemen, trailing Big John Jenkins 25 stops to 23. The 6-3, 358-pound Jenkins has also been tackling snaps at Jones’ position, which is essentially a 5-technique tackle, with Kwame Geathers (6-6, 355) getting more snaps at noseguard.

Though Jones’ surgery and recovery time has been widely reported by both reporters and his friends via social media, Georgia coach would not confirm that Jones will be out beyond this Saturday.

“He won’t play this week is all I can confirm,” Richt said on the SEC coaches teleconference call Tuesday. “There’s reason for that, but that’s all I confirm at this point.”

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Hard Truth Soldier

October 23rd, 2012
10:49 pm

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Hard Truth Soldier

October 23rd, 2012
10:51 pm

First! Now that I’ve gtten that outta the way, Abry get well,and Were is Ray Drew?

t2go

October 23rd, 2012
10:51 pm

pop

October 23rd, 2012
11:25 pm

abry get well soon now please let ray drew play the whole game he is due

drbasic1

October 23rd, 2012
11:36 pm

so what exactly has Ray done may I ask?

L.A. BULLDAWG

October 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

WHAT A SHAME! I HOPE JONES KEEPS HIS SPIRITS UP! I HOPE THE NFL SCOUTS SCOUTED HIS TALENTS, THE PAST 2 YEARS! NEXT MAN UP!

Where the hell is Gatormeat now?

October 23rd, 2012
11:53 pm

Would it matter if he played anyway?

We couldn’t stop Kentucky, Buffalo, USC, etc, etc, etc.

Grantham is a fraud.

I hoped we’d improve over Willie, but Richt keeps hiring fools.

Oh, and we still don’t have a SPECIAL TEAMS COACH.

Mercy, Richt musta gone to the Tuberville seminar on “How to Delegate Your Way Out of A Job”.

Where the hell is Gatormeat now?

October 23rd, 2012
11:54 pm

Get better Abry. God speed.

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Macclenny_dawg

October 24th, 2012
1:19 am

Well next man up. Ray Drew the Pastor of Disaster!!! We will see if he can live up to hype!!! SICK OF RICHT!!!

Columbus

October 24th, 2012
1:50 am

Gatormeat. Truly reresentative of NOT a UGA fan. He IS part of the biggest problem the last few years. Not the team. Not the players. Not even the media. He divides along with those like him. Are we ONE? No. There are too many negative CHILDREN in our midst and I say ALL of us fans put them ALL on notice that they are poison to the Bulldog nation. And when we win it all and we will soon….they MUST be remembered as malcontents and we MUST firmly bring that to their attention and rebuke them and tell them we dont want to celebrate in anyway with you nor around you. You are not wanted now or in the future because you divide and spew hate….toward OUR DOGS and create a BAD MORAL and divide us…..IT IS TIME FOR THE REAL DOG FANS TO UNITE AND IF YOU ARENT SUPPORTING “ALL OF UGA, COACHES, PLAYERS” YOU ARE SUPPORTIG NONE…

RISE UP DAWG NATION AND PUSH ASIDE ANY SO-CALLED FAN THAT IS NOT LIKE-MINDED AND LIKE-SPIRITED!

GO DAWGS THIS SATURDAY AND THE REMAINDER OF 2012 AND 2013!

Columbus

October 24th, 2012
1:51 am

Maclenny Dawg….BTW, you are the first one out. Good-bye.

Sautee Dawg

October 24th, 2012
5:52 am

Get well Abry. Damn Good Dawg. One of the unsung leaders in the trench.

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dale

October 24th, 2012
8:02 am

Columbus is right. When the NC comes again all the non believers will be cast out of Sanford Stadium to wail and gnash their teeth and only the true fans will be rewarded with a seat at the right hand of CMR.

Bremen Dawg

October 24th, 2012
8:34 am

Terrible when a kid has a season ending injury, we should be at the point to where we just change jerseys but see no difference. That is where Richt has dropped off the last 5 years.

Lakedawg

October 24th, 2012
8:36 am

Tell it like it is Columnus !!! Amen and Selah

SimpleDawg

October 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Sad news for a DGD. Good luck.

Octoberdawg

October 24th, 2012
9:19 am

I hear you, COLUMBUS!!! You’re my kind of Dawg fan. I wish there were more like us instead of these fairweather fans. GO DAWGS!

It’s 9:18am….Wednesday…..have you hated a Gator today? No….the get on it!

gomdawg

October 24th, 2012
9:25 am

GEORGIA 37 FLORDIA 13 GO DAWGS GATORS ARE GOING DOWN

Mobile Dawg

October 24th, 2012
9:28 am

Hallelujah brothers, but disagree with you, IMO it’s just the opposite, to much religion in our football program. Part of you love Richt for no more than the fact that he is a “wear it out in the open Christian”, and could care less whether or not he can coach, don’t forget, that’s what we pay him to do. I can be a Christian, and not have to tell the world about it.

The Ballad of Poor Joe Cox

October 24th, 2012
9:40 am

Columbus I hear ya but also I don’t think blind optimism is appropriate candor for any true fan.can’t we all take a more realistic approach? either way I don’t think these blogs are looked upon by any other than the idiots who post on them(me included!). so don’t worry about the naysayers. My truth is that we lost to USC a really good team, and we might lose to FLA, another really good team. what does everybody want? undefeated seasons every year and a nat’l championship? you will never be satisfied if thats what you want and you should probably stop watching football if not all sports all together.

I do think we can beat the Gators. We need the o-line to block with all their heart, a herculean effort with every snap. Aaron needs to forget about winning a big game. You beat the gators last year you can do it again. don’t let it get in your head. We need the D to get after it, like they did against vandy. They need to HIT SOMEBODY. quit worrying about making a mistake in single coverage. If williams thinks we are soft than he should come over on a route but don’t try to jump it…time it, drive upwards and light somebody up. You lay a good lick on someone and you will get the D (and the rest of the team) jacked up. LETS GO BOYS! I WILL BE PULLIN FOR YA!

college is forever

October 24th, 2012
9:48 am

Columbus: You are most certainly entitled to feel the way that you do and I truly do understand that type of loyalty and commitment. The only people that have may true unconditional love are my wife, kids, family and two very close friends. Mark Richt and his coaching staff do not and I am not alone there is a very fast growing number of true fans that have spent quite a lot of time, money, energy, and emotion on this team and we have ot received a very good return on our investment. If you truly think that Richt is the answer to this teams problems then by all means support him, I for one think that he has lost his mojo and nothing that I or many thousands of other fans have witnessed these past 5 years makes me think he is the solution. Quite the opposite he is the problem, we need to agree that we are all true dyed in the wool Red and Black Dawg Fans just that we differ on how to acheive our common goals. And the Battle Cry Lives On: Go Dawgs!!

Dawg Tired

October 24th, 2012
9:56 am

After reading that tweet I think I have a better understanding why the coaches are unable to communicate with the players.

Mobile Dawg

October 24th, 2012
10:02 am

Good post college is forever, said without malice or emotion, using good common sense as your guide.

Paul

October 24th, 2012
10:03 am

Well said Columbus. get better soon Abry. DGD

Mitt Obama

October 24th, 2012
10:20 am

Where is Ray Drew?

JAYBO

October 24th, 2012
10:25 am

Will someone in the know please tell us what is up with Ray Drew??? Why hasn’t he been playing…is he a bust or what????? Just curious why someone who came in with the hype that Ray did and not playing!!!?? The true freshman from Harris Co has been getting a lot of playing time and playing well I mit add!! Talk to me somebody

Dawg

October 24th, 2012
10:32 am

WOW….how quickly the world turns on people/coaches. Last year, people were all over Todd Grantham’s stuff and saying how he should be hired as the HC for the Dawgs because of his ‘fire and passion’…….NOW, HIS DEFENSE CAN’T STOP A GOOD HIGH SCHOOL TEAM and yall are off that bandwagon and on the ‘FIRE CTG!!!’ bandwagon. This whole, ‘fire the coaches’ thing after every bad game or year is just amazing! The Dawgs could very well lose this weekend and win out after that to end up 11-2 and people will still be saying the same old stupid $hit.

GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!!

Uncle Kirk

October 24th, 2012
10:36 am

Most of the people that are the most vocal about wanting Richt gone are the ones who ran their mouth all year about how good UGA was and probably gloated to fans of other teams about how they didn’t have a chance against the dawgs……and probably have lost a lot of money betting on UGA. Then when south Carolina beat them bad, people started giving them the business back and they got embarrassed and their only out is to rant and rave about the coaches. It is okay guys….the sun will shine tomorrow.

Paging Murray to SHOWUP

October 24th, 2012
10:53 am

Ray Drew is a BUST!! Cant see the field when others are suspended and when he does its only in mop up duty!! He is NO 5 Star just like Murray is not a BIG GAME QB!! Numbers dont lie.

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog

October 24th, 2012
10:55 am

I SAID IT ONCE, iLL SAY IT AGAIN…….FOR SOME REASON GA WILL WIN SATURDAY. I HATE CMR AND HALF THE “SOFT TEAM” (SHAWN YOU WERE RIGHT TO THE “T”)… I WISH YOU CALLED OUT THAT PATHETIC O-LINE (THEY ARE WAY SOFTER)… ANY WAY DEM DAWGS ARE GONA WIN.. I JUST HOPE IT DOESN’T BUY CMR AND HIS STAFF ANOTHER YEAR.. HECK HE FIRED THE GYNASTICS COACH LAST YEAR, WHY NOT CMR AND THE GANG THIS YEAR.. YES FOOD FOR THOUGHT. GO DAWGS-ROLL TIDE..(YES I AM FROM BOTH STATES: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.. LEAST FOR ALABAMA LOL)GATOR TASTE LIKE CHICKEN “FIRE THE GRILLS” ITS GATOR TALE TIME.

southgadawg

October 24th, 2012
10:57 am

@Mobile Dawg

As a true Christian, the bible says that you should go out and shine your light unto the world, therefore Richt is following his teachings. As a Christian, I believe he follows his beliefs and that is a good thing.

As Mark Richt the coach, I feel there is something missing with this team as well as some in the past. The end results as head coach fall squarely on his shoulders! He has the final say on everything. The results of recruiting, hiring coaches,development, game planning, execution and wins/losses are on him. Now as for what is wrong with this defense and championship potential filled team, I don’t know. I can tell all of you that I have been saying all year the defense is weak. EVERY team we have played has run up the gut on UGA. EVERY teams QB seems to be the greatest scrammbler since Fran Tarkenton. Anyone see a pattern here? Now the D isn’t the only issue on this team. Yes the offense scores points, but with potent offense we have we have struggled too much at times. DON’T start blaming Murray alone! The Dawgs have 3 Three darn good tailbacks. Marshall and Gurley have excellent speed. Gurley and Malcomb have pretty good power. Why are 80-85% of all the running plays designed to run between the tackles? UGA has a young inexperienced line (7 games) and we ask them to open up gaps one on one straight forward. They are asked to open gaps to give the backs break away space. That is not happening. We have a fullback that sits the bench game in and game out, that has PROVEN when he plays, will give 110% and hit someone. Instead he sits behind a fullback that has yet to move anyone out of the way with a block. Richard Samuel should be in the backfield at least 50% of the time. If you are going to run from the I-formation a strong blocking back is essential!!! Anyone remember what Vernon Hayes did at fullback, the holes he would open? The linebackers hated to see him headed their way. Ohhhh the pain he delivered when he hit you!!! The line is young and needs help from the fullback.
Another question and difference between UGA and Oregan, if you have THREE tailbacks the caliber UGA has, why dont you ever have 2 of them on the field at the same time? I know Richt likes the pro set, but why dont we ever run a t-formation with a combination of Gurley, Marshall and/or Malcomb in the backfield. As a linebacker, who are you going to key on and to which side are we running? In the shotgun, if the Dawgs run, it is between the tackle and end on the side the back lines up. Not very hard to defend.

On another question why do we always have 6-7 good quality receivers and only room on the field for 3, maybe 4 on occasions, yet we have 5 FIVE linemen, but only have room on the team for 8? We should recruit a lot more linemen, the skill positions have never been UGA’s shortcoming. Why would we turn down a 4* linemen from the state of GA, that WANTS to play for UGA? This is a question that needs to be answered. This lineman is good enough for a team that just beat the crap out of us! I know the coaches can’t comment on this until after signing day, but it will need to be answered. I hope there is a good answer. We need linemen and lots of them on both sides of the ball! Look this team has some of the best talent in the SEC/nation bar none! There future NFL players all over the field, anyone will tell you that, yet we struggle.

Are the players the problem? I think not! I have a question for you, and understand I have always been a loyal Richt supportor. If Saban, Miles, Spurrier had this team would they perform better? Would they be NC threats? If you answer yes, then maybe you answered the question to the problem. I have been a life long DAWG and always will be no matter what, but has Richt lost his edge? Look at his first 7 years versus his last 5, you can live off history for ever.

As for the UGA-Fl game, we have the better team at every skill position on offense, and a defense that will pobably send 8 guys to the NFL with 4-5 in the first 2 rounds. Special teams FL has a big edge. We can even put the extra point thru the goal post. They have an excellent punter! Georgia SHOULD win this game 42-17, but if the D plays the way it has and the offense bumbles its way like the last 2 games, UF wins 42-17. So which UGA shows up?

Paging Murray to SHOWUP

October 24th, 2012
10:58 am

Williams Needed To Call Out Rambo!! That clown is good for at least 2 things each game.. Giving up Big Plays and Personal Fouls!! Be Gone Dumbo..I mean Rambo

flo-ri-duh

October 24th, 2012
11:00 am

The DE’s need to pick it up a notch. Wishing Abry the best and hope to see him back in action soon. He will be missed.

dale

October 24th, 2012
11:00 am

This whole “true fan” business is such nonsense. As if blind allegiance is something admirable. The “kool aide” analogy is overused, but it’s fundamentally true. To wear red&black colored glasses and not see that something is wrong with the football program means your either oblivious or a sap.

When another NC comes to Athens, then hooray, but no one will look at the last 4-5 years and say “oooh, I see now, it was all part of a master plan.”

Paging Murray to SHOWUP

October 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Dale..WELL SAID!! Its how we lost to the Gamecocks and how we played against the Mighty Wildcats..Makes No sense. It starts with Coaching.and Im still waiting on the defense to learn to Tackle!!

Response to mobile dawg

October 24th, 2012
11:12 am

You don’t have to tell, but you should.

Mobile Dawg

October 24th, 2012
11:18 am

southgadawg, one of the most insightful posts I’ve read in a long time, and obviously from a “gentleman”.

@stillman dog

October 24th, 2012
11:19 am

WELL, I DON’T HATE ANYONE! I’M NOT REAL FOND OF PEOPLE THAT DO, OR PEOPLE THAT FEEL THEY HAVE TO BLOG IN CAPS. That being said, I really like that someone on the team had the guts to say, “enough is enough.” I don’t know if this will make us win this weekend, but something definitely needed to be said by someone, and it probably will have more effect coming from a player than a coach.

southgadawg

October 24th, 2012
11:23 am

The following was from another blog by someone that makes a lot of sense:

A shake up, to wake up! Glad somebody spoke HARDTRUTH. What he should’ve said was how is it that we get these top ten classes(avg 8th nationally over the last five years) and can’t get them prepared. As I watched the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, and looked at Atkins, Green, Roland, Boling, Geathers, and Charles, all on one team, it made me shake my head to realize all that talent(plus Pittsburgh Punter) coming through this program and we still can’t win Big. Then Monday comes and I see STAFFORD and TIM JENNINGS. All these guys in the Mark Richt era.. Coach Richt, You may be a good man, but you ain’t producing Nat’l Champ

southgadawg

October 24th, 2012
11:24 am

I wasn’t trying to steal someones elses thunder but that post makes a point of what is wrong with UGA

southgadawg

October 24th, 2012
11:29 am

@ Mobile Dawg
Thank You, I think as a UGA fan we all want the same thing, but are sometimes very frustrated when we see the results should be better. I still believe in our players and try to remember they are COLLEGE (non-paid players) teenagers

Mobile Dawg

October 24th, 2012
11:30 am

Georgia loses this game in previous fashion and Richt is totally exposed, his era comes to an end, we win, or lose close, we’re doomed to mediocrity for the forseeable future IMO.

Dawg

October 24th, 2012
11:30 am

People that question the schemes that UGA run don’t have a clue about football and why things are done. I read the other day somebody said Grantham should ditch the 3-4 and run a 50…….DO YOU REALIZE THAT THEY ARE BASICALLY THE SAME DEFENSE? Why ditch the 3-4? Bama runs it…..Florida runs it……I’d bet over half the teams in the country run it. As for offense, same thing, the Dawgs are a multiple pro style offense like the majority of the teams in the country.

Stop complaining about things that you don’t understand!

Do I think everything is perfect about the UGA football program right now? NO….far from perfect, but would you rather be Auburn or Kentucky or Ole Miss, etc, etc, etc???

Somebody made the point that we fired our gymnastics coach. That is a COMPLETELY different situation. They went from winning MULTIPLE national championships to not even qualifying for the NCAA finals. THAT is unacceptable.

GD

October 24th, 2012
11:32 am

Hope he gets better, but, he didn’t have any sacks, and very few tackles for loss, so the team might be better off with him on the bench.

dale

October 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Southdawg, it’s because the strength of the Georgia program is player development, developing elite position players. That’s why Georgia recruits so well, if a kid has the ability, these coaches will get you to the NFL.

But the other aspect of coaching, the gameday chessmatch, is where the weakness lies. Poor preparation, lack of adjustments, the all-encompassing “scheme.”

My favorite recent post is paraphrased “Georgia beats the teams they can overpower, but they can’t beat a team where the players match up evenly.”

I-DOG

October 24th, 2012
11:41 am

sorry to hear about Abry if that is true.

southgadawg

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

@dale

I agree with that assessment toot. We do recruit well and we do develope players. The schemmes we run dont always fit the players UGA recruits. Game day gameplans are poor. I sat and actually called 8 straight plays based on formation and down and yardage Saturday against Kentucky. Now if I can do that, I am sure a paid Defensive Coordinator can do it. If not then I need to apply for a DC job….LOL! That is why Bobo needs to make in game adjustments, as should Grantham. Van Gorder used to be the best at making those halftime adjustments. The spread offense pst VAn Gorder by though

Sports Illustrated

October 24th, 2012
11:50 am

OFFENSE – #18th in the country

DEFENSE – #47 in the country

ABILITY TO HIT THE GOALPOST – #1 in the country