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2012 SEC Championship: Bulldogs looking for big game from Jarvis Jones

The Georgia All-American has come up big in the Bulldogs biggest games of the season and they'll need another strong performance from him against Alabama.

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones is well on his way to becoming one of the most honored defensive players in school history.

A first-team All-American in each of the last two seasons, Jones is also a finalist for the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik, Butkus and Lott Awards this season.

According to head coach Mark Richt, Jones' awards stem from his play in Georgia's big games, games the rest of the country is watching (courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"That's what has helped him the most; he has played really big in big games," Richt said Jones' penchant for attracting national awards. " He played big in the Missouri game as far as a monster stat day and the Florida game was really almost a whole season in one game as far as statistics go. Plus, he already had a reputation of being a really good football player."

The 6'3 240 senior has put up impressive statistics this season: 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 1 INT and six forced fumbles. More importantly, he forced three turnovers against Missouri and two against Florida, almost single-handedly leading the Bulldogs to victories.

Now, in an SEC Championship Game against defending national champion Alabama, Jones has the chance to make one final statement to award voters, and NFL scouts, nationwide.

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