SEC quarterbacks glad Jarvis Jones no longer at Georgia

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 16, 2013 

HOOVER, Ala. -- Former University of Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was not at Southeastern Conference media days Tuesday, but that didn't stop opposing quarterbacks from talking about him.

The former Carver High standout was a first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in April after deciding to leave Georgia after his junior season.

Florida's Jeff Driskel and Missouri James Franklin both talked Tuesday about how difficult it was to play against Jones.

Driskel was asked who hit him the hardest: "Jarvis Jones hit me the hardest," Driskel replied, "and the most."

Driskel added that, "I'm very, very, very glad to see him go. He made millions of dollars off us."

Jones had perhaps his two best games against Florida. Last season, he had a career-high 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and three sacks. The year before, he had four sacks.

Franklin was asked which defense was the toughest to deal with last year: "Honestly, probably Jarvis Jones and Georgia."

Against Missouri, Jones had eight tackles, a sack and an interception.

Jones played two seasons at Georgia was named an All-American both seasons.

He started all 26 games he played in and finished with 28 sacks, third most in school history, 44 tackles for loss, 155 tackles, nine forced fumbles and an interception. He led the nation in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) in 2012.

Jones will report to the Steelers' training camp laster this month.

-- Chip Towers contributed to this report

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