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Great American novelist Thomas Wolfe popularized the expression, "You Can't Go Home Again" with his classic of the same name published posthumously in 1940. Jarvis Jones, a Columbus, Ga. native who originally signed with Southern Cal, would certainly beg to differ.
Jones earned playing time immediately with the Trojans, seeing time primarily on special teams and as a backup strong-side linebacker in their 4-3 alignment. He suffered a sprained neck in the eighth game of the season (Oregon), however, and missed the rest of the year. Team doctors refused to clear him for participation the following spring and after seeking other opinions, Jones elected to transfer back to Georgia.
He sat out the 2010 campaign per NCAA transfer guidelines before absolutely exploding onto the SEC scene the following season. Primarily asked to rush the passer as an outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 alignment, Jones led the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) while posting 70 tackles overall (second on the team by two stops). He earned consensus first-team all-conference honors, quite a few All-American nods and was voted a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.
Having earned First-Team All-SEC honors in each of his two eligible seasons at Georgia, Jones has proven himself to be a playmaker against both the pass and run. The 6-2, 242-pounder led the country in three critical statistics -- sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) despite missing two games (Kentucky, Florida Atlantic) due to injury.
As dynamic as he is, the redshirt junior's medical grade will ultimately determine his draft status. He was diagnosed with a mild case of spinal stenosis in 2009 and some NFL doctors may be unwilling to clear him.
Strengths: Elite playmaker off the edge. Possesses an explosive burst to complement very good timing to consistently cross the face of offensive tackles and get them backpedaling. Has enough flexibility to dip under their reach and close on the quarterback, demonstrating strong hands and an eye for ripping the ball free for the sack and forced fumble. Stronger than he looks and has an effective bull-rush. Also uses this strength to be surprisingly effective in setting the edge despite routinely giving up 70-plus pounds to opponents. Locates the ball quickly and pursues with passion. Athletic enough to drop back into coverage.
Weaknesses: Size limitations. Possesses an impressive build but a frame that may not have much room for additional mass. Relies an awful lot on speed, showing few complementary pass rush moves. Was diagnosed with a spinal stenosis condition while at USC, a condition which has led some notable NFL players to end their careers rather abruptly, including San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl left tackle Marcus McNeill a year ago at just 28 years old.
Compares To: Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos -- Jones isn't quite as explosive off the snap or as reliable an open-field tackler as Miller but he's close. The medical concerns are frightening but make no mistake, Jones is a Pro Bowl talent whose impact in the NFL will be immediate.
A 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus, Ga., Jones played in 26 games over his two seasons with Georgia, starting all of them. He finished his career with 28 sacks in that span (1.08/game), which is tied for third in school history. Jones also recorded 44 tackles for loss of 235 yards, 155 total tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception during his time as a Bulldog.
Jones joined the Bulldogs as a scout team member in 2010 after transferring from Southern California. He was a consensus First Team All-American in 2011 after leading the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) and piling up 70 tackles in 14 games.
Jones, a 2012 consensus First Team All-American, finished this season leading the nation in sacks (14.5 for loss of 103 yards) and tackles for loss (24.5 for loss of 132 yards) and forced fumbles (seven). He was third on the Bulldogs with 85 stops and added an interception and two fumble recoveries in 12 games played this season (Jones was injured for two of Georgia's 14 games).
In his final game with the Bulldogs, Jones set the single season record for sacks (14.5) after adding a pair versus Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He also took over the No. 1 ranking for tackles for loss in a season (24.5) with two against the Cornhuskers. Jones finished with eight tackles during Georgia's 45-31 victory over Nebraska.
Finalist for the Butkus Award. ... AFCA All-American. ... First Team All-SEC by Associated Press and SEC Coaches. ... Started all 13 games recording a team-leading 69 tackles including 19.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles, two PBUs and 42 QBPs. ... Ranks first in the SEC and third in NCAA in sacks (1.04 per game) and first in the SEC and tied-10th NCAA in TFL (1.50 per game). ... Eight tackles, including a sack, at No. 21 Ga. Tech. ... Recorded seven tackles, including 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass break-up vs. Kentucky. ... Five tackles, including two sacks, vs. No. 24 Auburn. ... Named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Payer of the Week, Walter Camp Award Defensive Player of the Week, CFPA National Defensive Player of the Week, SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week and the Rivals.com SEC Player of the Week after he recorded five tackles, including four sacks, the second most in school history for a single game vs. Florida; also forced a fumble. ... Recorded six tackles at Vanderbilt. ... Named to Phil Steele's 2011 Midseason All-SEC First Team. ... Had five tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, at Tennessee. ... Registered five tackles, including a pair of sacks, vs. Mississippi State. ... Recorded six tackles vs. No. 12 S. Carolina. ... Against No. 5 Boise St., had a career-high 11 tackles incld. 2.5 TFL. ... Named to the Nagurski Award Watch List. ... Recorded a tackle for loss in spring G-Day game. ... Recipient of the Ken & Jody Jackson Family Football Scholarship.
Redshirted after transferring from USC. ... Member of the scout team. ... Recipient of the Paul and June Martin Football Scholarship.
Saw significant action as a backup strongside LB and key special teamer...Appeared in the first eight games recording 13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses...Suffered a neck sprain at Oregon and was sidelined for USC's last five games...Season-high five tackles against San Jose State.
Carver...2008 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Sporting News Top 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11, All-State Class AAA first team and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-City Defensive MVP as a senior...Had 77 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2008 despite being sidelined late in the season with a broken thumb...As a junior in 2007, made Rivals.com Junior All-American first team, All-State Class AAA Defensive MVP and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-City Defensive MVP...Had 157 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2007 and Carver won the 2007 Georgia state AAA championship...Also played basketball, earning 2008 All-State honors.
Born: Oct. 13, 1989; Major: Pre-Journalism.
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12/23/13 - LB Jarvis Jones came down with the flu and did not play. Chris Carter started at ROLB.
11/11/13 - LB Jarvis Jones, the team's No. 1 pick who had been demoted from his starting job, recorded his first NFL sack Sunday.
10/28/13 - --LB Jarvis Jones, the team's top pick this year, did not start and did not play as often two weeks after he sustained a concussion. Jones is still looking for his first sack.
10/23/13 - --LB Jarvis Jones, who missed last Sunday's game with a concussion, has been cleared to practice and play.
10/21/13 - LB Jarvis Jones was inactive Sunday because of a concussion he sustained in the previous game. Coach Mike Tomlin said he should be good to go for the Steelers' next game.