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Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones has 8.5 sacks on the year, putting him on track to seriously challenge the school's season record of 14 set by David Pollack.
Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones has missed two games with injury this season, but that hasn't kept him from racking up 8.5 sacks, putting him on track to challenge the school's season record of 14 set by David Pollack in 2002.
Jones' dominant three-sack effort against the Florida Gators got him back on pace, and he said that he's really gunning to break that record (via The Telegraph):
"But I'm very humble about it. Just keep working towards it, and shoot for it," Jones said. "I mean (Pollack is) a great guy, and I can't take anything from him. He worked tremendously when he was here, he was a great athlete. I'm pushing for it though. I'm coming."
Jones won every national player of the week award thanks to his Florida performance. In addition, he's just one of two defensive players who is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award.
The other defender is Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, who is also a Heisman candidate. Interestingly enough, Jones and Te'o were almost teammates at USC:
"It was funny. When I went to USC he was supposed to go to USC. He was committed. So that would've been crazy," said Jones, who doesn't remember meeting Te'o. "I've seen highlights of him, when he was coming out of high school. People always talked about him. I think he played like running back and linebacker in high school. So he's always been a good player."
Besides sacks, Jones has also done an excellent job forcing fumbles, with five so far on the year. The linebacker said he learned a lot watching former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
Jones and the Georgia defense will look to continue to wreak havoc this Saturday when they host Ole Miss. The Rebels' offense has had some success this year, but if Jones is playing at his peak, the Bulldogs' defense will be in good shape.