After this season, Georgia Bulldogs All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones may need a bigger trophy closet.
Jones has received numerous weekly honors this season while being in the running for multiple yearly awards. Thursday, winning two of the nation’s more prominent trophies inched closer to reality as he was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The Nagurski trophy is given annually to the nation’s best defensive player. The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club determine the winner and will present the award on December 3rd. Also, named finalists for the award were South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner, Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner and Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o. The list originally contained 84 players.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded given annually to the athlete who has had the biggest IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity) to their teams both on and off the field. The watch list for the award originally contained 42 players but now contains eight semifinalists including Jarvis Jones. The other seven semifinalists are Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, LSU safety Eric Reid, Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, San Jose State defensive end Travis Johnson, Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas.
The Georgia defense started off slowly but has been tremendous recently. The reason? Jarvis Jones is finally healthy after succumbing to lingering injuries early in the season. The heart of Georgia’s defense, Jones has tallied 56 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and one interception. In short, Jarvis Jones is simply a play-maker.
As long as Jarvis keeps putting up numbers like those, he will always be in contention for a plethora of awards. The linebacker even as his name in the hat for the Heisman Trophy. He’s gonna need a larger trophy case.