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SB Nation Preseason All-Americans: Jarvis Jones Leads Linebackers

The Georgia Bulldogs are looking to reclaim their prior glory in the SEC East. If they are going to do it in 2012, linebacker Jarvis Jones could be a big reason why. Voted the top linebacker in the nation by SB Nation, Jarvis is coming off last year where he recorded 70 total tackles, 19.5 for loss, 13.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 26 quarterback hurries.

Kyle King of the SB Nation blog Dawg Sports wrote a profile on the linebacker talking about how he is trying to elevate his game for the 2012 season.

The NCAA owed Georgia a solid after the A.J. Green suspension, and the Bulldogs were due a favor from Lane Kiffin after delivering him his only halfway-notable career victory; the Red and Black were paid back, with interest, in the form of Jarvis Jones, a USC transfer who was cleared to play at the 11th hour last autumn. The hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end made the most of his opportunity, thriving in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme, which puts a premium on variability and versatility of the sort Jones embodies. To top it all off, he returned in 2012 with the stated goal of elevating both his game and the Bulldogs'. Jones finishes the drill on the field, is a team leader in the locker room, and stays away from scooters and parking tickets on campus. What's not to like?

Other linebackers that were named All-Americans by SB Nation include Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Chris Borland of the Wisconsin Badgers.

For more on Georgia and the SEC check out Dawg Sports and Team Speed Kills along with SB Nation Atlanta. For more college football news and notes check out SB Nation's College Football hub page.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.