University of Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones needed to make a statement about himself and Georgia’s defense in their Top-10 match-up with the Florida Gators this past Saturday. Jones did that and more, as he has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Jones had a career-high 13 tackles (12 unassisted), three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in Bulldogs’ 17-9 statement win over Florida in Jacksonville. In the first week of the season, Jones’ performance in Georgia’s 34-20 win over Missouri won him the National Defensive Player of the Week honors.
It’s become obvious that the Georgia defense takes on a completely different personality when Jones is on the field and healthy. Opposing offenses always have to account for Jones, which can take them out of their normal game plan. The Gators had no answer for Jones or the rest of the Georgia defense this past week, as they were held to only three field goals in the game.
The 6’3, 241 pound junior has amazing quickness for a man his size, and seems to live in the opponents backfield, as evidenced by his 4.5 tackles for losses against Florida. His forced fumble on Florida’s final offensive drive iced the game for the Bulldogs and gave them their first consecutive season wins over the Gators since 1988-1989.
Jones, a 2011 FWAA All-American, is on the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced by on Nov. 15, with the winner being crowned on Dec. 3 at the Charlotte Touchdown Club banquet.