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:
“You’ve got to know how to identify each front and make each call. Jarvis Jones, you know that he’s going to be one of the strong keys of their defense. As long as you know where he’s at and what the front is, we should be all good.
“You’ve got to be able to get your hands on him, block him. He’s a good player, but you can stop him. It’s not that hard. You’ve just got to go out there and make the calls, go out there, execute the calls and know that he’s probably going to be on the side where the tackle will be made. He’s 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.
“He’s a competitive guy,” Jones said. “He feels like if he can get his hands on me he’ll be fine. If he wants to come see me that’s fine. So that’s how I feel.”
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also shrugged it off.
“I don’t really have any thoughts (about that),” Grantham said. “I’m looking to win a game. Jarvis is a good player, he’s done really well for us and I’m glad he’s 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.