Monday, March 5, 2012
The SEC's top 25 players: No. 6
By Edward Aschoff
Stopping our next member of the countdown from wreaking havoc in opposing backfields wasn't exactly easy:
No. 6: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia, RSo.
Preseason rank: Not ranked in the 2011 preseason countdown.
2011 summary: Jones led the SEC with 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks (ranked fifth nationally in sacks). He was also second on the team with 70 tackles, including 39 solo, forced two fumbles, recorded two pass breakups, and registered 49 quarterback pressures on the season. Jones was a first team All-American and first team All-SEC selection by The Associated Press and the league's coaches.
Why he's here: Talk about a debut. After transferring from USC in 2010, Jones didn't let his year away from playing football every Saturday get to him. He became one of the nation's most dangerous and feared pass rushers in 2011, averaging 1.39 tackles for loss and .96 sacks per game in his first season in the SEC. Jones, who was a finalist for the Butkus Award, had such a consistent motor throughout the season. He didn't slow down much during the season and was rarely caught out of position on plays. His physical ability wasn't the only thing that kept him so fierce on the field, Jones also displayed excellent field awareness and instincts. His best outing of the season came in one of the most important games of the season for the Bulldogs when he recorded four sacks against Florida. His biggest play came on the Gators' final offensive play, when he gave Georgia the ball — and the win — by sacking John Brantley on fourth down. He also forced a fumble that was recovered by Georgia and led to the Bulldogs' game-tying touchdown in the third quarter. Jones showed tremendous closing speed when it came to chasing down players and was usually too quick and too strong for tackles to handle on the outside. He could drop into coverage as well and was a player who had to be accounted for on every single play by quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.
- No. 7: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
- No. 8: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
- No. 9: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
- No. 10: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
- No. 11: Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
- No. 12: William Vlachos, C, Alabama
- No. 13: Joe Adams, WR/RS, Arkansas
- No. 14: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
- No. 15: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
- No. 16: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
- No. 17: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
- No. 18: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
- No. 19: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
- No. 20: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
- No. 21: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
- No. 22: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
- No. 23: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
- No. 24: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
- No. 25: Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn