Notebook: Georgia’s Mark Richt believes Jarvis Jones is ‘best player in America’

ATHENS — Granted, he’s not exactly an unbiased analyst. But if you ask Georgia coach Mark Richt, the nation’s best college football player is on his team.

“I can’t think of a better player than Jarvis (Jones) in the whole United States of America,” said Richt, wrapping up his weekly news conference Tuesday. “He’s the best.”

A few minutes earlier, Richt had allowed that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o “is a great player as well. They might be, like, equally great, and they are both so important to their team.” But the more he thought and talked about it, the more Richt endorsed the Georgia linebacker as The Best.

“Jarvis is a pretty dynamic player to have the pass-rush ability and the ability to drop back and make the (interception),” Richt said, “or to be the guy who stops the run two or three yards back in the backfield. Just stones somebody who is trying to block him and makes the play right there.”

Jones ranks No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss (2.33 per game), No. 1 in forced fumbles (.83 per game) and No. 2 in sacks (1.42 per game). In last week’s victory over Florida, he had three sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

“His stats are really impressive, but when you watch him play it’s equally impressive,” Richt said. “I think he’s the best player in America.”

Richt alluded to his news-conference comments when he crossed paths with Jones later in the afternoon.

“He told me he spoke highly of me today,” said Jones, who has received several player of week honors. “Coach Richt … knows I’d do anything for my team that is positive. I try to stick my neck out every chance I get to make us a better bunch.”

Zander Ogletree ‘was ready’

Until last week, Georgia backup fullback Zander Ogletree had been in a game for only one play all season, that on a special-teams unit.

“I went in on punt return for one play (against Kentucky),” he said. “That was pretty cool.”

His workload increased sharply against Florida after starting fullback Merritt Hall left the game with a sprained right ankle suffered on Georgia’s first offensive play. Ogletree estimated that he played about 50 offensive snaps thereafter, although running backs coach Bryan McClendon said it was probably closer to 30 — in any case, every play in which a fullback was in the game except the first.

“My name got called,” Ogletree said, “and I was ready to go.”

He could see extensive action again Saturday against Ole Miss, considering that Hall’s injured ankle has kept him out of this week’s first two practices.

“I think his ankle is not ready yet, so hopefully I’ll still be in the mix,” Ogletree said.

Freshman fullback Quayvon Hicks, who was not available last week because of a concussion, practiced on a limited, no-contact basis Tuesday.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was asked why senior Richard Samuel wasn’t the next guy in. “Merritt, Zander and Quayvon are different type fullbacks than Richard. Richard’s more of a hybrid-type tailback/fullback. That game right there was downhill, physical and the runs we were using were where the fullback’s almost like another lineman. The fullback has to be real physical.”

Grantham’s D preparing for fast O

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham bristled at the notion that his unit might struggle to get lined up against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs substitute liberally according to down and distance on defense. The Rebels, under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, run a fast-paced, no-huddle offense that’s quicker than most every team the Bulldogs have played this season. Only Texas A&M and Tennessee have run more offensive plays than Ole Miss (573, or 71.62 per game).

“We don’t have a hard time lining up,” Grantham snapped. “We’ll be fine. They’ve got pace, but I think the SEC officials do a good job of, if they sub, we’re allowed to sub. It won’t be a problem.”

Andrews won’t miss game

Starting center David Andrews said a bruised knee suffered in the Florida game that kept him out of practice Monday will not keep him out of Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. That’s a good thing since he was named one of the Bulldogs’ four captains (Jones, Cornelius Washington and Kosta Vavlas).

“I’m just a little banged up, but I feel like I’m ready to go,” the sophomore said. “Ron (Courson) and the (training staff) have a plan for me. It’s a little frustrating for me but I’ve got to follow it and I’ll be 100 percent ready to go Saturday.”

Andrews oversaw a unit that didn’t give up any sacks and helped Todd Gurley bang out 118 yards rushing on 27 carries against the Gators. “I thought it was one of our best games considering the opponent,” Andrews said.

They said it

Noseguard John Jenkins on intensity of Florida game . . .

“It was the toughest game I’ve been involved with. I didn’t really realize how tough it was until the end of the game when I felt how banged up my body was. Sunday I was so sore. But during the game my adrenaline going so much I didn’t realize how tough and physical everything was. When the game was over it just, like, drained out of me, mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Tight end Arthur Lynch on winning last two over the Gators . . .

“I think that era of being intimidated by Florida is gone. Now it’s just like any other team.”

Richt on Ole Miss . . .

“Hugh Freeze has got them going. They’re excited. They’re winning. . . . What I see is a team that has a brand new coach that’s brought a lot of energy to the program.”

Etc. . . .

Georgia had a hard-hitting, two-and-a-half hour in full pads on Tuesday, but Richt was not real happy with what he witnessed. “I was looking for something better than what I saw,” Richt said. “I’m not sure we won the right to win today. We’ll see.” . . . Despite his success on offense the past two games, Richt said sophomore Malcolm Mitchell is “still practicing and meeting some with the defense.” Mitchell, a flanker who started four games at cornerback, hasn’t played on defense since Game 5. . . . The Rebels’ punter is Jim Broadway of Roswell. He is the son of the Georgia letterman of the same name who punted for three straight SEC champions from 1980-82. The younger Broadway is averaging 42.3 yards per punt. . . . Richt said split end Michael Bennett, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury the week of the South Carolina game, is “walking around without crutches and feels like he’s ahead of the game right now in the rehab process.”

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Jim Carrey

October 30th, 2012
10:06 pm

Really?……………Are you kidding me? Mark Richt, you are an idiot.
Jarvis Jones is an average player playing awful teams with no talent.

Jadevon Clowny is a BEAST………the best.

Richt, go back to coaching pop Warner ball.


October 30th, 2012
10:08 pm

Yep …. LIke i said Get On Board


October 30th, 2012
10:15 pm

clowny is good but no character.

@Ace Ventura

October 30th, 2012
10:18 pm

I think they play the same schedule fool. Not saying Jarvis is better but they are pretty close to being equal in the positives they provide their teams.

However, you sir are the idiot since they play the same teams and r both in the sec east. Get a life,

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October 30th, 2012
10:30 pm

I just hope Clowney gets a good seat in front of the television to watch Jarvis and UGA in SECCG for the second straight year.

You know for a SC fan you’d think you could at least spell the poor guy’s name….

Tampa Gator

October 30th, 2012
10:39 pm

News Flash….

Will Muschamp and all Gators fans agree with Richt.


Clowney is less than an inch behind Jones in talent. They are the two best defensive players in college football.


October 30th, 2012
10:43 pm

Unfortunately, Clowney has learned well from Spurrier–both are immensely lacking in class. Ask LSU and Mettenberger.
But back to Jarvis. Better defensive stats than Clowney or anyone, and a humble man of character.

Granthams The Man!

October 30th, 2012
10:46 pm

Get well soon Bennett!

Jarvis Jones is the most complete player in America. The NFL agrees with Richt on that point.

Time to lick those wounds, take care of business, and win the East!

Inlet Dawg

October 30th, 2012
10:52 pm

I agree with the question regarding Richard Samuel he is a great team player and I have witnessed some pretty good blocking from him.

Jim Carrey

October 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Yeah………Georgia has already won the East………no problem right?

Ole Miss, Auburn……Are you reading this? No need to play you guys since UGA already won thr East.

Georgia……you guys are so AWESOME! Take it easy Saturday, you have ole miss beaten already.

LMFAO over and over and over and over again.


October 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

He is the best player!!!!! But Clowney is a beast!!!!

Jarvis Jones

October 30th, 2012
11:01 pm

Dear Coach Richt,

I ain’t no good against real teams. You neither .

We suck.


Mike Bobo

October 30th, 2012
11:04 pm

Dear DawgNation,

I am the best ply caller in history of football. I am a stud.


Jesse Jackson

October 30th, 2012
11:07 pm

You all a bunch of white crackers.

Vote Obama!

Vampire Bill

October 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

I feel bad for Richard Samuel. I hope he’s happy and gets his shot at the NFL ?


October 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

Where was the beast Clowney vs Florida? Did he play in that game? Did he even make the trip? I don’t remember seeing him

When the Dawgs clinch the East, it is gonna be AWESOME to hear and watch the a-hole south carolina fans WHINE & WHINE & WHINE & WHINE …. just like their old ball coach!!!


October 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

Florida was ranked at #2 in the nation. They beat LSU and destroyed SC. How are they not a good team!! Jones was finally healthy for once and the D-line helped him out as well.

Aaron Murray

October 30th, 2012
11:24 pm

I’m AWESOME……so so awesome!
Can you feel my awesomeness!
I like men’s butts!

kauai dawg

October 30th, 2012
11:30 pm

These games are a product of the SEC. We are fortunate the wall ours falls. However Ole Miss and Auburn will be difficult because as we’ve seen with SC and now FLA you can’t play your best week after week. You have to win ugly some times.


The Auditor

October 30th, 2012
11:54 pm

Shout out to CT for basically plagiarizing this entire article…


October 31st, 2012
12:12 am



October 31st, 2012
12:39 am

Jarvis is the best player and he has been hurt all season, ankle and groin have been a problem all year. Should be mentioned at the very least for the Heisman, will rack up every other defensive award and go in the top five in the draft. Clowney will be where Jarvis is a couple year.Jim Carrey always was a clown.

Outer Banks Dawg

October 31st, 2012
12:49 am

Auditor, I appreciate the link to the other article. . I wouldn’t say Chip plagarized anything there. The quotes are the same because that’s what was said after practice. Accusing a journalist of plagiarism is a pretty serious accusation. Not cool…. I appreciate the coverage that Chip Towers provides about the bulldogs. He writes twice many articles about Georgia than anyone else, and I look forward to these articles every day of the season.

That’s the whole problem with most Georgia fans, and a lot of Atlanta sports fans in general. They don’t appreciate what the hell they have. They’re always dogging the players and the coaches and the sportswriters and the AD and the president and the owner. You are lucky to have some great sports franchises in the braves and falcons. You are lucky to have Georgia. But if they don’t win it all, they’re all bums. You guys turn on the players and on the team. The writers… If it wasn’t sad it would be comical…

Outer Banks Dawg

October 31st, 2012
12:57 am

I shouldn’t say ‘most’ fans. I should say that a vocal minority throws everyone under the bus. I’d like to think that the vast majority of Georgia fans aren’t like this. I’d like to see some people back off Aaron Murray… Talk about the pressure that kid is under having to carry the whole dang state of Georgia on his shoulders…and he’s a hero one week and the worst QB in the history of Georgia the next. Ridiculous…. Anybody ever consider that half the reason Aaron Murray can’t relax and play his best in the big game is because all of the added pressure the fans put on him to win the big game… Just sayin

Bitter Q/B-------Evil twinn

October 31st, 2012
6:02 am

JJ for hy’s—man———–bennent will be ready for th JAN game

————game ball—–”O” line and GURLY////ENTIRE DEFENCE

willie martinezz

October 31st, 2012
6:20 am

Hey Guys,

I’m still out here looking for a job. Any job. I’d even clean houses or wash your dog. Please???


October 31st, 2012
6:44 am

Wow…haters alive…24/7/365. Dawgs are in your head and it’s driving you so crazy that you head straight to the Dawgs board. Keep on postin’….because deep down you know the Dawgs matter.

MA English 75

October 31st, 2012
6:56 am

Outer Banks Dog, agree with you 100%!

some sense

October 31st, 2012
7:09 am

Maybe, just maybe before he retires Coach Spurrier will wake up and realize a football season is more than just one game.


October 31st, 2012
7:12 am

I totally agree with the comment regarding not appreciating what we have and how some fans just can’t be satisfied. Some people are just that way not only about UGA or other sports teams but in life as well. living vicariously through a sports team is living in an unrealistic world. Pull for your team comment about the game but all the lame name calling and childish garbage is just plain sad to see.
Murray is doing his very best and yes he doesn’t play up to his ability all the time but he is a great player and couldn’t represent UGA any better. Jarvis is on another level and if he stays healthy here and once in the NFL will be player to watch for many years to come.


October 31st, 2012
7:17 am

Hopefully….we dont sleep walk this week….if we do, the win over Fla will be for nothing

Coach D

October 31st, 2012
7:35 am

Jarvis is a stud! Along the lines of Weatherspoon of the Falcons.

Bennett is going to come back stronger because of the rehab process and once he gets confidence in his surgically repaired knee is going to have a tremendous junior and especially senior year…. WATCH! GO DAWGS!!!


October 31st, 2012
7:46 am

Great news about Michael Bennett. Get well my friend and we will see you between the hedges next season.


October 31st, 2012
7:47 am

BTW, Great job by Spurrier taking the opportunity to jab Dabo at the Lattimore day festivities. Once a jerk always a jerk.


October 31st, 2012
7:54 am

Florida just turned the ball over again……..


October 31st, 2012
7:57 am

dude that calls CMR an idiot should step back and look in the mirror…does he even know anything about football? CMR is a class act and JJ is definitely one of the best payers in the nation.


October 31st, 2012
8:40 am

Folks, don’t let these gamecock trolls get you all hot and bothered. You have to expect them to react to Dawgs good fortunes just like their coach would (and does). They live for only one game a year now. They get up so sky high to play UGA , then crash and burn rest of season. The old ball coach has GA game circled on calendar no matter who he coaches. He never had any success against them as a QB at Florida, he didn’t get job at Ga, when he was at Duke, he wants in Augusta National (hasn’t happened ). So Ga not one of his favorite places…. Fans just a reflection of him LOL


October 31st, 2012
8:45 am

Yeah………Georgia has already won the East………no problem right?

Seems like your the only one saying that Jim Carrey. Got to be a SC fan or a Nerd.


October 31st, 2012
8:47 am

who wrote”vote for Obama Hussien” white crackers. I prefer to have a country after the election.


October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

You all a bunch of white crackers.

Vote Obama!
I wouldn’t vote for him to mow my grass.


October 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Richt has forgotten about Clowney and the REAL whipping
Carolina put on Georgia


October 31st, 2012
8:50 am

Jarvis Jones just knocked the ball out of Driskel’s hand again. Gurley is coming back on the field.


October 31st, 2012
8:51 am

I love College Football…I am not hating on these kids like some punks on here…Grow up punks, earn some respect…be a force for good in life…on the way to Athens Friday…Go Dawgs!

Bazooka Joe

October 31st, 2012
8:51 am

Jim… really ?? Bozo the Clowney ?? You’ve got to be kidding…. By the way, question for you – how are you keeping him in school ? Last I saw/heard he could barely talk/write his own name ? Did you all give him a big box of crayons to play with ?

Hate the lizards

October 31st, 2012
9:01 am

Jim “poop Head” Carry

You need to quit smoking crack and go on the SC bolg if you think Clown boy from SC is better than Jarvis Jones.

I did not see clownboy have the numbers JJ did.

Go home and smoke some more crack out of you A$$ Jim Carrey

Hate the lizards

October 31st, 2012
9:02 am

GO BAZOOKA JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Pants

October 31st, 2012
9:06 am

Still say UGA finishes 10-2. Hope I’m wrong.


October 31st, 2012
9:15 am

Come on MAN! Are you kidding me! Clowney is unquestionably the best player in the country.

Ask the NFL scouts. Ask the NFL draft gurus. Ask the other SEC coaches. Ask anyone that has watched him make plays in the backfield and downfield.

He is a grown man among boys. NeXT generation DE is what ESPN calls him.