Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o grabbed most of the headlines (and awards) this season, but Georgia’s Jarvis Jones wasn’t far behind him and announced today he will join the 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up in April’s NFL Draft.
After sustaining a neck injury during his freshman year at USC Jones transferred to his home state Bulldogs and went on to wreak havoc on SEC offenses in 2011 and 2012 after sitting out the 2010 season. He led the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) in 2011 and was the FBS leader in both in 2012 with 14.5 (school record) and 24.5 respectively, despite missing games against Florida Atlantic and Kentucky. Jones also forced nine fumbles (seven this season) over the two years.
The 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Year issued the following statement through the university on his decision:
“This has been a difficult decision, and one that I have talked over with my family and coaches. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches and support staff and the Bulldog Nation for everything over the last three years. I will always appreciate the chance Georgia gave me after my injury at Southern Cal. There is nothing like the Bulldog fans and I will forever be proud to wear the ‘G’. I think this decision comes at the right time for me and my family and I look forward to seeing what the next level holds for me. Go Dogs!”
If you didn’t see this feature ESPN did on Jones it’s worth a watch
Then take a look at his ridiculous game against Florida earlier this season. He posted 13 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.