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SEC Media Days 2012: Jarvis Jones Defends UGA, Old High School

All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones helped represent the University of Georgia at SEC Media Days and took questions from the media on Thursday. Like most of his teammates and his head coach, the line of questioning centered around the discipline issues that have plagued the Bulldogs of late and particularly the dismissal of running back Isaiah Crowell.

"It was devastating. Isaiah is just like my little brother," Jones said. "But he's gotta benefit. He's just gotta make better decisions. And I think he will. Everybody still supports him, everybody still loves him. And from here forward, we're going to help him try to make better decisions."

Jones and Crowell both hail from Carver high school but Jones said the recent troubles of Crowell and other Carver High products shouldn't reflect badly on UGA or his former high school.

"It's the individual that makes the mistake, not the university. So you've got to look at it like that," Jones said. "Coach Richt isn't in trouble."

"I hear that a lot. It ain't Carver. It's not Carver It's the individual," Jones said. "There's a lot of great players that that have went on from Carver: Oklahoma State, Duke University, Ole Miss. I mean we've got a lot of players in Division I football. It's the individual that makes mistakes. ... It's never the school, it's the players."

The Bulldogs had three players from Carver on their roster last season but only Jones remains. Crowell was dismissed and Quintavious Harrow left the program due to academics.

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