Ben Jones and Zac Stacy exchange “good luck” text messages before each of their games during the season.
They can chat instead this week during pregame warmups.
Jones is Georgia’s starting center. Stacy is Vanderbilt’s starting tailback.
The two were teammates at Bibb County High School in Centreville, Ala., and remain close.
“I work out with him every off season, all May,” Jones said. “He’s my best friend. His cousin was my quarterback in high school.”
Jones is a year older than Stacy.
“I played baseball, basketball and football with him,” Jones said. “Every time I go home, he’s the first person to call me. He’s at my house all summer.”
Jones said he’s known Stacy since they were “in kindergarten probably,” and played little league sports together.
Stacy leads the Commodores with 284 rushing yards. He rushed for 169 in a 30-7 win on Sept. 17 against Ole Miss, including a 77-yard touchdown.
“He really ran away from the pack,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “It was kind of scary to see how fast he bolted out of there.”
Here’s a story from the Centreville (Ala.) Press on Jones and Stacy from the 2009 Georgia-Vanderbilt game.