Leading the SEC in sacks apparently isn’t enough for Jarvis Jones.
Sounds like he plans to do some recruiting of current Georgia defensive players for 2012.
After ringing up 2 ½ sacks, making seven tackles and forcing a key fumble in Georgia’s 19-10 SEC East clinching win Saturday against Kentucky, the third-year sophomore reiterated that he planned to return next year despite some projecting him as a first-round NFL prospect.
“I’ve got a long time around here,” said Jones, who increased his sack total to 12 ½, two shy of breaking David Pollack’s Georgia single season sack record. “I’m definitely coming back. I’ve got a great coach. Our whole defense is coming back next year so why would I mess that up?”
The whole defense would include redshirt junior safety Bacarri Rambo who has made no such declaration that he will return.
Asked about Rambo, Jones repeated: “Our whole defense is coming back next year.”
Told of Jones’ comment, Rambo said again he’s focused on college football now, not his NFL future.
“That time will come when the season is over with,” Rambo said. “I’m just happy we made it to the SEC championship.”
So is senior cornerback Brandon Boykin, who decided last winter to return for one more season.
“This is what I came back to do,” he said. “It’s like a fantasy. As a senior, to win on senior day and to win the SEC East is a great feeling.”
Georgia had its lowest scoring output of the season and second lowest total yards (317, two more than it did against Mississippi State), but tailback Carlton Thomas was suspended for the third time this season and top rusher Isaiah Crowell was done for the day after two carries due to a left ankle injury. Crowell’s status for the Georgia Tech game is uncertain.
“Our defense was playing outstanding today and we felt if we didn’t give them the ballgame that we were going to do enough to win,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “You find a way to win when everything isn’t going right and that’s what we did today.”
Bobo said that Georgia’s passing game was “a little off.”
Quarterback Aaron Murray, who was 16 of 29 for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception, “was a little high,” on some passes, Bobo said.
“You can’t blow out everyone in the SEC, it’s a tough league,” said Murray. “We fought through a close game and made enough plays to win.”
Prior to kickoff, reporters were told by Georgia that Thomas wasn’t at the game due to a personal issue, but that he was not suspended.
Richt said otherwise after the game.
“Carlton did not play because he violated a rule,” Richt said.
That’s three suspensions in 11 games for the junior. Thomas also was suspended for the Boise State and New Mexico State games.
Bobo deflected a question about when he knew that Thomas wouldn’t play against Kentucky.
“Every question about Carlton you need to ask coach Richt,” he said.
Richt was asked if Thomas will be available to play against Georgia Tech.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Georgia will play either LSU, Arkansas or Alabama in the SEC title game.
Richt gave the expected answer when he was asked if there was a team he preferred to play in the Georgia Dome.
“No,” he said. “I really don’t.”
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