Junior OLB Jarvis Jones is now a two-time Butkus Award finalist.
Nov. 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Jarvis Jones has been named one of five finalists for the 28th annual Butkus Award, which honors the nation’s top linebacker.
Oregon’s Dion Jordan, LSU’s Kevin Minter, Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o are the other finalists for the Butkus Award. The Butkus Foundation will announce the winner during the first week of December.
Jones and Te’o were also both Butkus finalists in 2011.
A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 62 tackles, including 18.0 tackles for loss of 101 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only nine games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.0) with 24 in two seasons and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (1.6) with 37.5 through this season and last.
He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances during wins at Missouri and versus #3 Florida.
Jones has sparked a defense that has given up a combined 19 points (one touchdown, four field goals) during the team’s last three SEC victories. During that span, Jones has tallied 20 tackles, including five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Jones earned All-America honors last season after leading the SEC and tying for fifth nationally with 13.5 sacks to go along with 70 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss.
Jones has already been named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi and Bednarik awards and a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Lott IMPACT awards.
The third-ranked Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) host Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 24. ESPN will televise the matchup at noon.