Ben Jones and Zac Stacy exchange ‚Äúgood luck‚Äù text messages before each of their games during the season.
They can chat instead this week during pregame warmups.
Jones is Georgia‚Äôs starting center.¬† Stacy is Vanderbilt‚Äôs starting tailback.
The two were teammates at Bibb County High School in Centreville, Ala., and remain close.
‚ÄúI work out with him every off season, all May,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs my best friend. His cousin was my quarterback in high school.‚Äù
Jones is a year older than Stacy.
‚ÄúI played baseball, basketball and football with him,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúEvery time I go home, he‚Äôs the first person to call me. He‚Äôs at my house all summer.‚Äù
Jones said he‚Äôs known Stacy since they were ‚Äúin kindergarten probably,‚Äù 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.
‚ÄúHe really ran away from the pack,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said. ‚ÄúIt was kind of scary to see how fast he bolted out of there.‚Äù
Here‚Äôs a story from the Centreville (Ala.) Press on Jones and Stacy from the 2009 Georgia-Vanderbilt game.