Junior OLB Jarvis Jones
Nov. 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FBS All-American for the second consecutive year.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. The nation’s coaches choose this squad and eight of the 25 team members this season are from the Southeastern Conference.
Jones and Bulldog tight end Orson Charles (currently with the Cincinnati Bengals) were honored as 2011 AFCA All-Americans.
The Bulldogs have been represented 35 times by 29 different players on the AFCA All-America Team. Georgia’s Herschel Walker is the only three-time AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American (1980-81-82) in the 68-year history of the team.
A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss of 107 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only 10 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 39 through this season and last.
Jones has been named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards and a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Award.
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.
The #3 Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) take on #2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 1. CBS will televise the matchup at 4 p.m. This will mark Georgia’s second straight trip to the SEC Championship.