Good news college football fans, we are one day closer to the kickoff of the season. We are now at the 49 day mark, and today we continue our 50 SEC players in 50 day series, where we profile some of the SEC’s best players (in no particular order). On day 49, we take a look at University of Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia:
Jarvis Jones exploded on the SEC scene in 2011. As a sophomore, thriving in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense, Jones had a career year as he led the Southeastern Conference in sacks with 13.5. Jones not only had a great year, he knew he must get better before he makes the move to the NFL. So he turned down first round draft money and decided to return to Georgia for his junior season.
Jones committed to the University of Southern California in 2009, when he came out of Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia. The faithful fans of the Bulldogs thought coach Mark Richt let one get away, but little did they know, Jones would eventually dawn the silver britches and make Athens his home.
Jones saw significant action in his freshman year at USC, as he played in the first eight games recording 13 tackles, 1.5 of those for loss. He had a season high five tackles in a game versus San Jose State. Jones injured his neck versus Oregon and missed the remainder of the season.
Looking forward to the 2012 season, Jones will be a major contributor for the Dawg defense that in 2011, finished ranked right behind Alabama and LSU. Along with Jones, the Bulldogs return 20 of their top 22 players on defense, which should make for an even tougher out for SEC opponents in 2012.