Jarvis Jones by the numbers

semerson@macon.comOctober 29, 2012 

ATHENS - Jarvis Jones on Monday was named the SEC defensive player of the week. But then again, you knew that would happen.

Jones was also the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week for the second time this season. The first time was after the Missouri game, which was also when he was SEC defensive player of the week for the first time this year.

Perhaps the biggest honor for Jones is that he is one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation's best overall player. Jones and Notre Dame linebacker Monti Te'o are the only defensive players on that list of semifinalists.

This isn't the first time a Georgia outside linebacker has been racking up big numbers: Justin Houston led the SEC in sacks in 2010 through the regular season. (Auburn's Nick Fairley overtook him in the postseason.) But what makes Jones' numbers stand out is that he's doing it in more than just sacks, he has missed two games, and hasn't played at 100 percent since the season opener.

Here's a look at what Jones is doing:

- Jones is tied for the national lead with five forced fumbles, and leads in forced fumbles-per-game.

- By recovering two fumbles, Jones also is tied for 12th nationally in that category.

- Jones currently leads the nation in sacks-per-game average, with 1.1.

- Jones has 8.5 sacks this year, which is tied for the SEC lead with South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. But Clowney has played in two more games than Jones. Nationally, Jones is tied for fifth in total sacks, but everyone ahead of him has played in at least one more game. The national leader is Western kentucky's Quanterus Smith, who has 11.5 sacks in seven games.

- Jones is the national leader is tackles-for-loss per game, with 2.33. His season total of 14 is tied for sixth, but again, everybody ahead of him has played in at least one more game.

- He has 32 solo tackles, ranking 36th nationally with 5.33 per game, which doesn't sound like much, but players who specialize in sacks don't normally rack up the tackles. For instance in 2010, when HOuston had 10 sacks, he had 38 solo tackles and 67 total tackles. Jones, in only six games, has 32 solo tackles and 48 overall.

- In the SEC, Jones ranks eighth in tackles-per-game. Overall he ranks second at Georgia in tackles, behind only Shawn Williams, who has 57.

- The Georgia single-season record for sacks is 14, set by David Pollack in 2002. Jones is on pace to break that, and Pollack has already said that he'll be happy for Jones to do so.

- In a season-and-a-half (or 20 games), Jones has already moved to seventh on Georgia's all-time list for sacks. He just passed Houston, who had 20 in three seasons. Everyone ahead of Jones on the list played four seasons. Pollack's record of 36 seems safe, unless Jones decides to return for his senior season.

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