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Blog: All-American Jarvis Jones hitting whirlwind awards circuit after SEC title game

Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones picked up the first of what should be several All-American honors Wednesday.

The redshirt junior was named to the American Football Coaches’ Association All-America team.

Jones has a busy week ahead even after the Southeastern Conference championship game against Alabama Saturday in Atlanta.

He’ll be in Charlotte on Monday for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy banquet (top defensive player), in Houston on Wednesday for the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and Orlando on Thursday as a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player) to be handed out during the college football awards show on ESPN.

“I think I’ll be everywhere,” Jones said. “I think I might end up going toL.A.”

The Lott Impact Trophy will be awarded Dec. 9 in Newport Beach,Calif., with a black-tie gala where former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker. Jones is a semifinalist.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney are among players up for some of the same awards as Jones.

Who knows? A big SEC title game could land Jones an invited toNew Yorkfor the Heisman Trophy.

“I get to see some of the guys that have been playing big time college football,” Jones said. “I’ll probably get to hang out with them. I’m just very thankful for this opportunity. My teammates and coaches have been grinding for a long time all season and we still have a long ways to go.”

Jones and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball are the only players from 2011 to make the AFCA team again.

“My phone’s been messed up all day—I broke my screen,” Jones said. “My first time hearing it was in practice.”

Jones, also a finalist for the Butkus Award for nation’s top linebacker, has 10 1/2 sacks and 19 1/2 tackles in 10 games this season. He leads the NCAA in forced fumbles with six, is second in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks per game.

 

Here is the entire AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

WR Marqise Lee 6-0 195 So. USC Lane Kiffin Inglewood, Calif. (Serra)

WR Terrance Williams 6-2 205 Sr. Baylor Art Briles Dallas, Texas (W.T. White)

TE Zach Ertz 6-6 252 Sr. Stanford David Shaw Alamo, Calif. (Monte Visa)

OL Chance Warmack 6-3 320 Sr. Alabama Nick Saban Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)

OL Luke Joeckel 6-6 310 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Arlington, Texas (Arlington)

C Dalton Freeman 6-5 285 Sr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Pelion, S.C. (Pelion)

OL Jonathan Cooper 6-3 295 Sr. North Carolina Larry Fedora Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)

OL David Yankey 6-5 301 Jr. Stanford David Shaw Roswell, Ga. (Centennial)

QB Tajh Boyd 6-1 225 Jr. Clemson Dabo Swinney Hampton, Va. (Phoebus)

RB Kenjon Barner 5-11 192 Sr. Oregon Chip Kelly Riverside, Calif. (Notre Dame)

RB Montee Ball* 5-11 215 Sr. Wisconsin Bret Bielema Wentzville, Mo. (Timberland)


Defense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

DL Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 256 So. South Carolina Steve Spurrier Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe)

DL Bjoern Werner 6-4 255 Jr. Florida St. Jimbo Fisher Berlin, Germany (Salisbury [Conn.])

DL Damontre Moore 6-4 250 Jr. Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)

DL Will Sutton 6-1 267 Jr. Arizona St. Todd Graham Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

LB Manti Te’o 6-2 255 Sr. Notre Dame Brian Kelly Laie, Hawaii (Punahou)

LB Jarvis Jones* 6-3 241 Jr. Georgia Mark Richt Columbus, Ga. (Carver)

LB C.J. Mosley 6-2 232 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Theodore, Ala. (Theodore)

DB Eric Reid 6-2 212 Jr. LSU Les Miles Geismar, La. (Dutchtown)

DB Dee Milliner 6-1 199 Jr. Alabama Nick Saban Millbrook, Ala. (Stanhope Elmore)

DB Jordan Poyer 6-0 190 Sr. Oregon St. Mike Riley Astoria, Ore. (Astoria)

DB Phillip Thomas 6-1 215 Sr. Fresno St. Tim DeRuyter Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield)


Specialists

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

P Ryan Allen 6-2 215 Sr. Louisiana Tech Sonny Dykes Salem, Ore. (West Salem)

PK Quinn Sharp 6-1 205 Sr. Oklahoma St. Mike Gundy Mansfield, Texas (Summit)

AP Tavon Austin 5-9 171 Sr. West Virginia Dana Holgorsen Baltimore, Md. (Dunbar)

*-2011 All-American

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