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Georgia's Jarvis Jones Proves Once Again Why He's the SEC's Best Defender

Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) celebrates defeating the Florida Gators 17-9 at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
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T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 27, 2012

Today’s Florida-Georgia game may not have been for those of you who love high-flying offensive shootouts. But, for those who love a great defensive performance, Georgia’s linebacker Jarvis Jones put on a clinic with a dominating performance.

Jones was a nightmare for the Gators’ offensive linemen as he sacked Florida quarterback, Jeff Driskel, three times. However, Jones' reign of terror didn’t just stop at the Gators quarterback. 

On the day, Jones had 13 total tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. 

His day ended with an exclamation point when Jones forced a fumble from Gators tight end Jordan Reed.

In case you missed it, here's video of the play from Bleacher Report's own Bennett Spector

Now let’s go into the play that ended Florida’s chances at winning its annual showdown with Georgia. 

With Florida driving for the game-winning score, Driskel finds an open Reed who easily had the first down. Reed, seeing some daylight, decides to turn it upfield. This gives enough time for Jones to sprint towards Reed, allowing him time to catch him.

Reed decides to leap into the air, and at that same moment that Reed leaps, Jones is there to strip him, showing an amazing ability of timing. 

Jones was able to track down the Gators’ tight end after being four yards behind him, going from a stop to a full-out sprint. 

The big play and huge game from the talented Georgia linebacker sent Georgia University and its fans nuts on Twitter. 

The University of Georgia’s Athletic Department Twitter handle tweeted out Jones’ huge day with a simple one-word wrap up of his day.

While the Twitter handle for the state of Georgia summarized today’s shortcomings of the Bulldogs’ offense saying:

And then there’s the tweet from Rabi Nabulsi of Dawg Nation on ESPN who now sees Jones as one of his five favorite Bulldogs ever. 

He’s right; after today’s performance, if it springs a Bulldogs run to the SEC Title game and championship, they may design a statue for Jones. 

There are other amazing defensive players in the SEC—and in particular the SEC East—like South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney.

However, Clowney has yet to have a game where he has taken over a higher-ranked opponent this year like Jones did today.

Today, Jones not only reminded us why he is the best player in the SEC, but he may also have punched his ticket as a first-round draft pick should he decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. 

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