It has been documented that the strength of the Georgia defense is the linebackers led by Jarvis Jones. But one of the rising stars on the unit is freshman Jordan Jenkins, who almost plays the game the same way and is built like Jones.
Both Jenkins and Jones are also similar in their background as well as how they play. Jenkins played high school football at Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga. and he was an All-State as well as an All-American selection. Jones played his high school ball at Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. and was also an All-State and All-American selection.
The only difference is Jones originally played for USC his freshman year, but suffered a neck injury and transferred to Georgia in 2010. Jenkins made Georgia his school of choice in January and has not looked back.
Jones stands at 6’2’’, 241 pounds, while Jenkins stands at 6’3’’, 257 pounds. They are both explosive off the ball and can make tackles from sideline to sideline.
Jones has played in seven games this season and has recorded 59 tackles and 8.5 sacks, which puts him at second in the conference behind Damontre Moore of Texas A&M. Jenkins has only 20 tackles and three sacks through nine games, but he has recently taken over the starting job over Chase Vasser, so he should have some solid numbers by the end of the season.
The reason that Jenkins is starting is not only because he’s performing at a high level, but he will be one of the leaders of the defense next year, so they need someone to fill in Jones’ spot.
Jones will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest linebacker in Georgia history. He already has 25 career sacks, which would put him tied for sixth place with Quentin Moses. He was also a Butkus Award finalist last season and a consensus All-American selection. Jones is one of those players who can take over a game with his play, and the Bulldogs are hoping Jenkins can be that same player when Jones leaves.
Jenkins has a lot of time to catch up to Jones, as he’s only a freshman, but he already has the ability to make plays off the edge, as he’s shown in games like Florida and Ole Miss. The question is: Can he be the impact defensive player that Jones has been the last two years?
Well, Jones seems to think so, because he said in a recent interview that Jenkins has the potential to be better than him.
That would be a great thing for Bulldogs fans. It will be tough to see a player like Jones go, because he’s fun to watch. But fans should not and will not worry, because Jenkins is well on his way to a great career and can make the same impact Jones is making right now.