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 on Saturday in Atlanta.
He’ll be in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy banquet (top defensive player), in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday for the Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman) and Orlando, Fla., 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 to L.A.”
The Lott Impact Trophy will be awarded Dec. 9 in Newport Beach, Calif., with a black-tie gala that will feature former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the keynote speaker. Jones was named a finalist on Wednesday night.
Who knows? A big SEC title game could land Jones an invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney are among players up for some of the same awards.
“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.
Jones, also a finalist for the Butkus Award for nation’s top linebacker, has 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 10 games.