University of Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 8.
Jones, 6’3, 241 lbs, helped lead Georgia to a come-from-behind 41-20 victory against Missouri in the Tigers SEC debut, where he had nine tackles, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and five quarterback pressures.
All in a days’ work for the All-American linebacker from Columbus, Ga.
Jones nearly scored when he returned his first career interception in the fourth quarter to the Missouri 1-yard line. That return set up the score that may have put the game out of reach for the Tigers, making it 34-20.
On the Tigers next possession, Jones sacked Missouri quarterback James Franklin for an 11 yard loss, and forced a fumble that Georgia recovered. The Bulldogs took the ball in for their final score of the game on the following possession.
Jones heroics more than made up for the loss of five different Georgia defensive starters who were not playing in the game due to suspensions. It seemed that Jones’ name and number were being called all night long, much to the chagrin of the Missouri coaching staff.
Jones, a 2011 FWAA All-American, is on the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Nov. 15. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 3.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given in memory of the legendary All-American lineman at Minnesota (1927-29). Last year, Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, now with the Carolina Panthers, won the award.