ATHENS - It's possible that Georgia got its next source of motivation, and it came "old man football" style.
Auburn offensive guard Chris Slade was asked about Georgia star linebacker Jarvis Jones on Tuesday, and overall said some complimentary things. Which is what you would expect of a guy favored to be an All-American for a second straight year.
But one thing Slade said quickly hit the Twitter-sphere, and surely made its way to the Bulldogs.
This is what Slade said:
Youve got to know how to identify each front and make each call. Jarvis Jones, you know that hes going to be one of the strong keys of their defense. As long as you know where hes at and what the front is, we should be all good.
Youve got to be able to get your hands on him, block him. Hes a good player, but you can stop him. Its not that hard. Youve just got to go out there and make the calls, go out there, execute the calls and know that hes probably going to be on the side where the tackle will be made. Hes the type of player who will be one of the impact players.
Again, Slade was being overall complimentary and in the context it doesn't come out that badly. But that one sentence still sticks out.
Jones, speaking as he regularly does on Tuesday nights, was asked his response. He did not want to get involved.
A reporter showed the comments to Jones.
Hes a competitive guy, Jones said. He feels like if he can get his hands on me hell be fine. If he wants to come see me thats fine. So thats how I feel.
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also shrugged it off.
I dont really have any thoughts (about that), Grantham said. Im looking to win a game. Jarvis is a good player, hes done really well for us and Im glad hes on our team.
Auburn has allowed 72 tackles-for-loss this season, which ranks sixth-worst in the nation.
Jones had two sacks against Auburn last year.
This report was compiled by McClatchy staff writers Aaron Brenner and Seth Emerson, and special correspondent Luke Dixon.