ATHENS – The calendar is about to roll over to December. That means it’s time for national awards to start rolling in for Jarvis Jones.
The first of the year reached the Bulldogs’ junior outside linebacker on Wednesday. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) made Jones a first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. Jones was a consensus All-American this past season.
A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss of 107 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only 10 games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.0) with 24 in two seasons and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (1.6) with 39 through this season and last.
Last season Jone led the SEC and tying for fifth nationally with 13.5 sacks to go along with 70 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss.
He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances during wins at Missouri and versus #3 Florida.
Jones will likely receive more All-America mentions before the bowl game. He’s also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards and a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Award.
The Bulldogs have been represented 35 times by 29 different players on the AFCA All-America Team. Tight end Orson Charles was selected along with Jones last season. Georgia’s Herschel Walker is the only three-time AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American (1980-81-82) in the 68-year history of the team.
Eight of the 25 members of this year’s AFCA All-America team are from the SEC.
Jones has sparked a defense that has given up a combined 19 points (one touchdown, four field goals) during the team’s last three SEC victories. During that span, Jones has tallied 20 tackles, including five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) take on No. 2Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) in the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 4 p.m. (CBS) on Saturday. It will mark Georgia’s second straight trip to the SEC Championship.
“A great challenge, a great challenge,” Jones said on Monday. “A well-respected program all over the nation. They’re capable of doing a lot of things, running, passing the ball. They’ve got tremendous athletes that can take the ball to the house and make big plays when they need to. For us it’s about discipline, and understanding our game plan, and understanding what we’re doing and doing it our best. We’ve got to make plays and get off the field and give our offense a chance to score the ball.”