Georgia’s Jarvis Jones eager to wreak havoc again against Gators

Georgia's Jarvis Jones gave quarterback John Brantley and the Florida offense fits a year ago with four sacks and a forced fumble. (Photo by Getty Images)

Georgia's Jarvis Jones gave quarterback John Brantley and the Florida offense fits a year ago with four sacks and a forced fumble. (Photo by Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lost in all the talk about Georgia’s “soft defense” this week is one rather glaring fact: The Bulldogs have been playing with — and sometimes without — a banged-up Jarvis Jones.

The junior All-American has not been healthy since the second play of the Missouri game in Week 2, when he said he aggravated a groin injury he had suffered earlier that week. He’s also playing with a sore left knee, which he protects with a bulky brace, and an ankle injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 6 South Carolina game.

As a result, Jones has missed a ton of practice time, two full games and a significant portion of others.

“I’ve just been getting a lot of treatment,” said Jones, who returned to practice this week in preparation for the Gators. “I’ve just been working really hard, coming over here (to the training room) in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. “I’m just trying to take care of my body and push myself to be in the best position possible so, when Saturday comes, I’ll be able to give my team all I have.”

Jones was definitely giving his all the last time he came down to Jacksonville to play Florida. In the Bulldogs’ 24-20 win last year, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound outside linebacker recorded four sacks, five tackles and forced a fumble. The nationally-televised performance essentially locked up All-America honors for Jones, who went on to lead the SEC in sacks (13.5 and tackles for loss (19.5).

“I made a couple of good plays in that game,” Jones said modestly. “I definitely learned a lot and got better that game. As the season went on, I kept learning and kept getting after it. . . . But it’s all the same for Every game is a big game for me. I go into every game trying to give every thing I’ve got. That’s what I’m going to do when I step on the field Saturday. I’m going to try to help my team any way I can. I try to be relentless every play. That was the way I was able to make plays that game and that’s the way I’ve made plays my whole career. So that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Despite his injuries, Jones has remained productive for the Bulldogs. He enters the Florida game as Georgia’s third-leading tackler with 36 stops and leads the team in quarterback sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (9.5) and quarterback hurries (15).

The Bulldogs will be encountering a different offense than they encountered a year ago when Jones was terrorizing gimpy quarterback John Brantley. Under first-year coordinator Brent Pease, formerly of Boise State, the Gators are running the football out of multiple formations and often with the quarterback. Sophomore Jeff Driskel is Florida’s second-leading rusher with 321 yards, a total that rises to nearly more than 400 yards when sacks are not factored.

Having a healthy Jones setting the edge on one side of the defense can only help when it comes to containing the Gators. And he will be going up against the same left tackle he did last year in Xavier Nixon (6-6, 314, sr.),

“I know he’s going to be excited about getting in there and trying to help us win,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Jones. “He had a big game a year ago; I’m sure he’d love to have another one. But it’s a little bit different style of offense and a different quarterback. Brantley really wasn’t moving around that good. It wasn’t like it was tough to chase him down once you got there. Driskel is much more mobile and much more physical I think especially since he’s healthy compared to what Brantley was a year ago.”

As for all the “soft” talk regarding Georgia’s defense, Jones just laughs it off. He understood the point Shawn Williams was trying to make and is glad the senior safety spoke up.

“Everybody knows Shawn is a very passionate guy. He’s loves this game of football,” Jones said. “Looking back at last year and this year, it seems like we’re playing down a level and not executing like we’re supposed to. But I feel like that woke a lot of guys up. I think guys understand where he’s coming from and we all definitely respect him. . . . We feel like it was just a challenge for us to go out there and re-focus ourselves and get back on the right track and play the defense we’re known for playing. That’s smash-mouth football.”

Having a healthy Jarvis Jones back in the fold, should help.

112 comments Add your comment

HilltopDawg

October 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

Dedoh

October 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

Let’s hope JJ and friends have a good game and come away with a big win!

RUSH PROPSTS WET HANKY

October 26th, 2012
12:53 pm

SPECIAL TEAMS MAY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS GAME.
I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT OUR KICK OFF COVERAGE TEAM, THEY MAY ONLY GET TO PLAY ONCE IN THE WHOLE GAME.
I THINK OUR KICK RETURN TEAM BETTER BE READY B/C I THINK OUR D IS GOING TO FORCE FLORIDA INTO A LOT OF KICK OFF SITUATIONS.

I HOPE I AM WRONG!

FIRST?

RUSH PROPSTS WET HANKY

October 26th, 2012
12:54 pm

THIRD.
WELL SHUCKS. CANT WIN ‘EM ALL. I WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT AND GET BETTER AT IT
(WHO DO I SOUND LIKE?)

Inigo Montoya

October 26th, 2012
1:04 pm

RUSH, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Dawg Tired

October 26th, 2012
1:05 pm

Don’t see JJ doing anything special this week. Once one of our players get hurt, they never seem to be the same again. We are just not mentally tough.

Consider this...

October 26th, 2012
1:07 pm

I have a good feeling about this game…but I have MORE bad ones. Until the Dawgs can show they can show up for and win a big game against a top 10 opponent, I don’t know how we can possibly feel confident going into this one. Add in the fact that it’s the Gators, who we have struggled with for a while now, and it feels like a bad afternoon waiting to happen. I REALLY hope I am wrong.

BG

October 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

GATA Jarvis!

CC

October 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

To hell with Florida!

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faithfuldawg86

October 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

A big day for Jones and Co. getting back to last year’s form, another stellar performance by Murray, and a steady attack on the ground from Gurshall, Malcome, and Samuels (where has he been?) and Dawgs win (another) close one. This game always scares me, but I think we should win it and maybe that will shut some of the negative people up a tiny bit.

Frank Lane

October 26th, 2012
1:31 pm

Hope springs eternal. I never give up until it over and then sometimes I continue arguing.

Shock the World

October 26th, 2012
1:33 pm

Go Dawgs. If the the Gators turn it over 4 or more times we can win this thing!

GatorBait 18-4

October 26th, 2012
1:53 pm

I know he’s going to be excited about getting in there and trying to help us win,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Jones. “He had a big game a year ago; I’m sure he’d love to have another one.
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This is what a real HC would might have said, “We need to get him in there to win the game. (none of the “try” bs) And we need him to have another big game.” Sorry you dawgs are stuck with a loser.

outkasted

October 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

enough with all the bullshit talking the game is tomorrow… Betcha if GA wins the talk will be well FL wasn’t really that good and never should’ve been rank number 2 yadda yadda yadda… go DAWGS!!!

1eyedJack

October 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I am an optimist. It does not seem any use being anything else.

Jarvis gets 3 sacks and 3 TFL. Dawgs 26 Lizards 21.

RUSH PROPSTS WET HANKY

October 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

INIGO: WHAT WORD?

BoneDrownedDave

October 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

Jarvis Jones is one of the top 5 DGDs of the post-Herschel era. Let’s just hope that he’s healthy. He can set the all-time sack record in the Georgia/Florida this series in a mere two games.

ARdawg

October 26th, 2012
2:47 pm

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I am an optimist. It does not seem any use being anything else.

Jarvis gets 3 sacks and 3 TFL. Dawgs 26 Lizards 21.

Excellent post there guy DGD

GATA

McDawg

October 26th, 2012
3:02 pm

pressure the punter and we will see how good UF’s special teams are

icedawg

October 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

Get out there and play some old school football! This is a must win. Lose and it will be another ho hum season.

Left Coast Dawg

October 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

As for you trolls and traitors who question or have questioned JJ’s heart and motivation. Please let me share this for you again:
“. . . . But it’s all the same for Every game is a big game for me. I go into every game trying to give every thing I’ve got. That’s what I’m going to do when I step on the field Saturday. I’m going to try to help my team any way I can. I try to be relentless every play. That was the way I was able to make plays that game and that’s the way I’ve made plays my whole career. So that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Dawgs 31 Lizards 27

NCDawg

October 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

What I want to hear tomorrow is the CBS guys say “wow, who are these guys!” Lundquist and Danielson have gotten to see the Dawgs look pretty mediocre in recent years so I am hoping that the D comes out breathing fire and stuffing the Gators running game right out of the box. I think some inspired play by the defense will spark the offense too. Everybody is thinking our guys are soft physically and I don’t think that is the case… particularly defensively. Our guys need to explode on the Gators. They need to treat them as enemies… like someone trying to hurt their Mom or their sister. No need for dirty stuff… just the violence inherent in the game.
I’ll be listening for it… ” wow! who are these guys?!”

WDE

October 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

Line up play hard, fast and smart every play…and hit somebody! GATA!

Jimmy

October 26th, 2012
3:31 pm

I actually feel good about this game for the Dawgs. Not for an X’s & O’s reason (they’ll have to prove that on the field). With social media being as prevelant as it is these days, I think these kids are going to come out w/ a huge chip on their shoulders (no offense, Chip – see what I did there? haha). Anyway, they know what everyone (their own fan base included) is saying about them, about how they have no shot against the “mighty” Gators so I’m looking for an inspired effort. Of course at the end of the day once all that adrenaline wears off, it’s all about the fundamentals.

Outer Banks Dawg

October 26th, 2012
3:32 pm

I hope Jarvis is 100% after 3 weeks rest. Those nagging injuries are tough. Man I wish we had Michael Bennett on the field for this game. Nobody has seemed to mention that the running game has been less effective due to Bennett’s absence as a blocker. Many of those great runs early in the year had to do with Bennett locking down a man and getting the backs out into space. Not to mention what he was doing catching the football…. Our receivers need to block like Bennett on running plays, and take on the gator DB’s in a physical way. Otherwise the running game will sputter.

Use the TE’s to slow down the pass rush and open some holes. Get those TE behind the linebackers so they can run over a safety.. Lets take it to them Gators…go Dawgs!

DJ Dawg

October 26th, 2012
3:47 pm

We need to make sure that the boys know the Gaytors will taunght you trying to get personal fouls!!! Dont let them in your head guys and GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

October 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

Outerbanks….I like your thought process on the use of our tight ends. I would like to see a little more receiving from our tight ends, however. That can really loosen up that soft area towards the flat between the LB’S and Saftey’s.

Dawg Whisperer

October 26th, 2012
4:04 pm

I’m no good at making predictions, never have been. While I’m hopeful for a dawg win, I would be very disappointed if the game is not competetive to the end. I’m mindful of that improbable win over Auburn a few years ago when Auburn was the class of the SEC and UGA was having a mediocre season. We need one of those.

Two to the shoe

October 26th, 2012
4:11 pm

“To be the man you’ve got to beat the man”…I think we can. Its one thing when you dont have the same level of talent and you get out coached. Its another thing when you have superior talent and you get out coached. The latter seems to plaque this team. So, each player needs to take on Jones’ attitude. We need our leaders to crack some skulls early and often. Yes, I want a win, but I almost want to see us play a more physical game than anything. Get mean dawgs. Tear that ass up and make them earn every inch

GtDawg

October 26th, 2012
4:23 pm

Dawg Tired, your 1:08
JJ been there already with one of the worst injuries to recover from and became an AllAmerican.

Jarvis Jones

October 26th, 2012
4:33 pm

Thank you so much for the article AJC! I am excited about tomorrow’s game and I vow that I will play hard and smart. Our defense is solid and I appreciate Shawn for firing us up this week. I hope all of the fans tune in and watch us as we beat the Gators by 24+ points. Again, thanks for the article and see ya in Jax!

Love,
Jarvis

sent via iPhone5

UGAinRomeGA03

October 26th, 2012
4:35 pm

JARVIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

generalTroup1962

October 26th, 2012
4:38 pm

Jarvis………………..have a good game and GO DOGS!!! Please tell the rest of the team good luck from Troup.

Courtney

October 26th, 2012
4:42 pm

Jarvis Jones!!!! OMG!!!!! OMG!!!! I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jarvis Jones

October 26th, 2012
4:44 pm

Thanks so much guys! @UGA @Troup @Courtney……………I love you guys too.
We had a great walk-thru today at practice and the guys are very excited to play.

Thanks again! Go dogs!

Jarvis

sent via iPhone5

Lagdawg

October 26th, 2012
4:45 pm

He should be ready. He hasn’t showed up since the Missouri game and the defense hasn’t showed up all season. Also, let’s hpe that the OL and the OC shows up for this game. Bad blocking and bad playcalling.

JK

October 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

Rush, that sounds like Michael Vick.

azdawg

October 26th, 2012
5:10 pm

Any Jarvis is better then no Jarvis I suppose. I doubt he’ll be full speed but gotta love him he’s a gamer.

Hunker down

October 26th, 2012
5:13 pm

Get after them #29 and go Dawgs!

kingdaddy

October 26th, 2012
5:25 pm

In Jarvis, we trust! How do you say that in Latin???
“E Jarvious Unum! “…

Dawg-Gawn

October 26th, 2012
5:41 pm

True freshman, Marshall Morgan in pouring down swirling rain with 3 seconds left in the game, attempts a 32 yd field goal which banks off the right goal post upright for a 24 – 23 dawg win!

Munson Moment – Munson Game…. you know he would not miss it.

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible”

“Stick with Richt”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

justplainsteve

October 26th, 2012
5:59 pm

I have always been a gator. I told my boys to lay down last week so I can join my buddy tebow in gatorheaven..GATERSRBAK!! 48-7[murray will complete one pass]

Destin Dawg

October 26th, 2012
6:43 pm

Go Jarvis DGD !!! play defense… run the Ball… roll out and throw to TE.’s for 1st downs… Murray needs to run once in awhile… fake FG. or onside kick will catch ‘em by surprise.. Go dawgs open it up play on FIRE !!!!

rutruedawg

October 26th, 2012
6:49 pm

I wish all you so called Dawg fans would support your team when it really needs you,all I see above is negative fair weather fans,get on the bus or get the hell off.You never see other fans being so negative,go support someone else

Swamp Chomper

October 26th, 2012
7:00 pm

I can’t wait to read the blogs after the game !

Here’s my take on the top 5 comments from defeated dog fans…

No. 1 comment will be fire Mark Richt
No. 2 we will get them next year
No. 3 we are gonna kill Tech
No. 4 we need to have the game in Athens
No. 5 we suck!

So predictable… Year in year out….

So glad to be a Gator Fan!

Enjoy your annual whipping, Bulldogs!

World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

October 26th, 2012
7:06 pm

Hit real hard, Dawgs can do it, Jarvis can help.

World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

October 26th, 2012
7:07 pm

I can’t wait to read Muschamp’s apologies after losing the game.

Francis in Hawaii

October 26th, 2012
7:12 pm

Gonna be wearing red and black at 9 in the morning in Maui, Hawaii rooting for this team; Jarvis what a treat bruddha; WE GOT THIS….

Alphare

October 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I am an optimist. It does not seem any use being anything else.”

I understand you want to be as philosophical as you can with your football thoughts, switching coaches with FL is any use to the dawg team?