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Jones has been overshadowed by some bigger (literally and figuratively) names along the Georgia defensive line. Unlike massive space-eaters John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, however, Jones has proven the athleticism and versatility to handle playing all along the Georgia defensive front, which likely will result in his earning high marks from scouts working for predominately 4-3 and 3-4 clubs.
Playing primarily at defensive end but also moving inside on occasion to defensive tackle, Jones registered a career high 48 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and four sacks.
He'd flashed big time talent early on, earning time as a true freshman (eight tackles, two tackles for loss in 2009) and sophomore (34 tackles, including 3.5 for loss while starting six games), including an eye-popping performance against state rival Georgia Tech (16 tackles, including two for loss and a forced fumble) that earned him SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades.
Jones has good quickness off the snap, as well as the lateral agility, balance and power necessary to handle playing inside. His long arms and strength are also conducive to remaining outside as a five-technique defensive end.
With exceptional depth up front Georgia constantly rotates their defensive linemen so it is difficult to gauge how well Jones might do with more snaps. He's precisely the type of player whose draft stock is quietly higher with scouts than his media attention might lead one to believe -- but who may not earn the buzz in the scouting community until/if he is given an opportunity to "surprise" in one of the big senior all-star games.
Has appeared in seven games making six starts; Has missed last six games with ankle injury...Had four tackles vs. Vanderbilt...Had four tackles against Buffalo...Named to SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Third Team...Named to Ted Hendricks Award Watch List and Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC Third Team...Recipient of the Jack Davis Honorary Football Scholarship...Career Highs: 16 tackles vs. Georgia Tech in 2010.
One of team's Most Improved Player Award recipients (defense). ... Started all 14 games recording 48 tackles including 7.0 TFL and 4.0 sacks while also notching a forced fumble and 20 QBP. ... Recorded seven tackles at No. 21 Georgia Tech. ... SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after he had four tackles, including 1.5 TFL vs. Kentucky. ... Had four tackles, including 1.5 TFL, vs. No. 24 Auburn. ... Three tackles, three pass PBUs and a forced fumble at Vanderbilt. ... Named to Phil Steele's 2011 Midseason All-SEC Third Team. ... Recorded six tackles, including one TFL, vs. No. 5 Boise St. ... Recipient of the Jack Davis Honorary Football Scholarship.
Appeared in 13 games making six starts recording 34 tackles including 3.5 for loss and six quarterback pressures. ... SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week after he registered a career-high 16 tackles, including two for loss, and forced a fumble vs. Ga. Tech. ... Recipient of the Hugar and Elizabeth Wilkes Football Scholarship. ... Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction for summer semester. ... Recorded three tackles, one sack, in G-Day game.
Named one of team's Newcomer of the Year award winners for defense. ... Appeared in 12 games making eight tackles, including two for loss, with four quarterback pressures. ... Recipient of Hugar and Elizabeth Wilkes Football Scholarship.
Northside, coached by Conrad Nix...USA Today All-USA Second Team Defense...PrepStar Dream Team...Atlanta Journal Constitution 2008 Georgia's Super 11, Super Southern 100, Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, and All-State Team...2008 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year and All-State Team... Maxpreps Second Team All-America...2008 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game participant....Rivals.com four-star prospect... Rivals.com #9 DT prospect nationally, #6 overall prospect in Georgia... DT rankings: Quickest (3), Best pass rusher (4)...Scout.com four-star prospect...Scout.com #2 DT prospect in the South, #10 nationally, and Dawg Post #4 overall prospect in Georgia....#22 ranked defensive end prospect by ESPN.com...As a senior, recorded 95 tackles, including 15 sacks...As a junior, recorded 72 tackles, including 13 sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Born: Sept. 8, 1991; Major: Communication Studies.
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04/29/13 - Jaguars agree to terms with 23 Rookie Free Agents: The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with 23 rookie free agents. These 23 players are expected to join the Jaguars’ eight drafted players and others for rookie mini-camp beginning Friday, May 3. DT Arby Jones, Georgia - Jaguars.com
03/28/13 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at Georgia’s pro day on Thursday for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in approximately 40-degree temperatures. Abry Jones, DE (6-2 5/8, 312) - Jones ran the 40 in 5.19 seconds with the wind and 5.29 seconds against the wind. He had a 4.94-second short shuttle and a 7.93-second three-cone drill. He also did positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
10/25/12 - Abry Jones’ high school coach confirmed what had been floated around on social media and hinted by his Georgia coaches and teammates. The Bulldogs’ starting defensive end is likely out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery on Tuesday. Kevin Kinsler, the head coach at Northside High in Warner Robins, is the only one to provide anything resembling a confirmation and then only reluctantly so. But he did confirm that Jones underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital and is looking at a long recovery as a result. “I’ve just texted back and forth with his parents a little bit and that’s it,” said Kinsler, who was Jones’ defensive coordinator when he was at Northside. “All we know is the surgery went well and they were talking six to eight weeks. But we haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk with them or anything like that. I imagine it’s been pretty hectic up there.” Obviously the recovery time will mean Jones will likely be out the rest of the season with a shot of coming back for a post-Christmas bowl game. Jones’ absence with the Bulldogs will be felt on defense. Jones, a 6-foot-3, 308-pound senior, has started 26 games and played in 45 for the Bulldogs at defensive end. Jones had to sit out the Florida Atlantic game earlier this season with an injury to the same left ankle. He had 17 tackles before having to leave the Kentucky game this past Saturday on Georgia’s second defensive play. - Chip Towers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
08/21/12 - Abry Jones does not speak in empty platitudes. A little personal glory, he freely admits, would be a nice thing. "I kind of want to leave here with some accolades," Jones said. "I want to leave my mark at Georgia." He's running out of time. But his coaches say he has the ability to do it. Everyone around the Georgia football team, including Jones, understands why he gets overlooked: The stats. The defensive end from Warner Robins enters his senior year with just five career sacks. Four of them came last year, which is pretty good, but when you've got two other All-Americans on defense, and practically every starter -- and some backups -- are NFL prospects, you can get lost in the shuffle. "He's a guy that because of maybe other people getting the press, that he's gotten unnoticed a little bit," Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "But from a coaching standpoint and my standpoint, I understand his value to our team." Jones started every game last year for the Bulldogs, who finished as the nation's fifth-ranked defense. Jones was a big part of that, not only because he chipped in 47 tackles, seven of them for a loss, but because he is one of the most dependable players. "He's a leader by example, meaning by the way he plays," Grantham said. "He's not always the most flamboyant guy, but he works hard, he prepares, he's ready to play." After last season, Jones submitted his name to the NFL draft advisory board, as did many of his teammates. He said he received a third-round grade but didn't seriously consider leaving. Jones is one of the more socially popular members of the defense, because of a humorous streak. While most teammates say they're ready to be done with the preseason and play some real games, Jones said he's soaking it in. "Enjoying the senior-year moments and stuff" Jones said. "I think in other years I probably wanted to rush it. But now I want to take my time, live in the moment." - Seth Emerson, The Ledger-Enquirer
08/21/12 - Top-five Georgia prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. DL Abry Jones...Like Shawn Williams, Jones has been overshadowed by some bigger (literally and figuratively) names along the Georgia defensive line. Unlike massive space-eaters John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, however, Jones has proven the athleticism and versatility to handle playing all along the Georgia defensive front, which likely will result in his earning high marks from scouts working for predominately 4-3 and 3-4 clubs, alike. Playing primarily at defensive end but also moving inside on occasion to defensive tackle, Jones registered a career high 48 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and four sacks. He'd flashed big time talent early on, earning time as a true freshman (eight tackles, two tackles for loss in 2009) and sophomore (34 tackles, including 3.5 for loss while starting six games), including an eye-popping performance against state rival Georgia Tech (16 tackles, including two for loss and a forced fumble) that earned him SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com