- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jarvis Jones made it pretty clear that he was in a league of his own when he stepped onto the field Saturday against Florida.
Georgia's junior linebacker was absolutely dominant in the Bulldogs' 17-9 win over the Gators. He had a career-high 13 tackles (12 solo), including 4.5 tackles for loss, with three sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.
His strip of Jordan Reed near the goal line in the fourth quarter basically sealed the game for the Dawgs, as well.
The Gators tried double-teaming Jones, but it rarely even mattered. When he lined up one-on-one, it was even worse. He looked like he went through Florida's offensive line untouched at times and made quarterback Jeff Driskel's day a nightmare. He also delivered a few big hits on running back Mike Gillislee along the way.
And Jones did all of this with a bum ankle and an injured groin. Injuries couldn't stop him and neither could the Gators. Jones made plays all over the field and sucked any sort of momentum the Gators got away in the blink of an eye. Whether he was applying a load of pressure to Driskel or knocking a Gator to the ground, Jones was the driving force behind Georgia's defensive revival.
Players praised him after the game for giving them the energy boost they needed for Saturday's game. And he gave back by making play after play to secure a crucial win for the Dawgs.
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