Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones led the SEC in sacks with 13.5 last season. But he wasn’t able to get to the quarterback in either of the Dawgs’ final two games, both losses. Jones told The Athens Banner-Herald that he’s watched and re-watched the LSU (SEC Championship) and Michigan State (Capital One Bowl) games and that he’s “beaten myself to death because I can see myself making those plays.”
He didn’t get many opportunities to hit the QB against LSU because the Tigers put the ball in the air just 13 times. But Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins dropped back 50 times to throw in Orlando. So why did Jones go 0-for-50?
“I pressure him quite a bit, but came a second late. They were cutting the mess out of me. That’s something I’ve been working on. They were cutting, chop-blocking. It was crazy. They were trying to tear my leg off.”
While that quote will no doubt rile up some Spartan faithful, UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seems to think his star had better get used to more of the same this season. “We watched tape and as a player he’s got to understand there’s a lot of good coaches in this league and they’re going to say, ‘All right, we’re not going to let this guy wreck the game. We’re going to try to find ways to take him away.’ You’ve got to have answers for that.”
Even when someone’s cutting the mess out of you.