Jarvis Jones‚Äô Twitter handle is @SacManJones_29.
Fitting, as Georgia‚Äôs All-American outside linebacker led the Southeastern Conference in sacks last year with 13 ¬Ω.
But he didn‚Äôt rest on those numbers this offseason.
He had graduate assistants put together a DVD of his good and bad rushes from last season to study to see where he needed work.
Jones watched them on a big screen in the home he shares with defensive end Cornelius Washington.
His viewing included cutups of the final two games against LSU in the SEC championship game and Michigan State in the Outback Bowl. Jones was held without a sack in both.
‚ÄúI watch them all the time,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve beaten myself to death because I can see myself making those plays.‚Äù
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson attempted only 13 passes against Georgia, but Michigan State‚Äôs Kirk Cousins threw the ball 50 times in a triple-overtime Spartans win.
‚ÄúI pressured him quite a bit, but came a second late,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúThey were cutting the mess out of me. That‚Äôs something I‚Äôve been working on. They were cutting, chop-blocking. It was crazy. They were trying to tear my leg off.‚Äù
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said opponents are going to try to take the redshirt junior out of his game.
‚ÄúWe watched tape,‚Äù Grantham said, ‚Äúand as a player he‚Äôs got to understand there‚Äôs a lot of good coaches in this league and they‚Äôre going to say, ‚ÄòAll right, we‚Äôre not going to let this guy wreck the game. We‚Äôre going to try to find ways to take him away.‚Äô You‚Äôve got to have answers for that.‚Äù
Grantham said teams focusing on Jones will open up opportunities for his teammates and ‚Äúat the same time, we‚Äôll have things to combat that, too.‚Äù
Jones, the Southern California transfer, expects to be a marked man this season after one year with the Bulldogs.
‚ÄúEverybody knows who I am now,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúEverybody watches film on me. They‚Äôre going to have to make me work just as hard. My teammates are going to have to push a little bit harder. Everybody knows what we stand for and that we‚Äôve got a pretty good defense.‚Äù
Jones has attacked the offseason like he‚Äôs trying to win a starting job, not like a guy who is projected as an early NFL first-round draft pick.
‚ÄúHe stays hungry, man,‚Äù Washington said. ‚ÄúThat guy stays hungry. He‚Äôs always looking for ways to do more. That‚Äôs just the kind of person he is.‚Äù
Said Grantham: ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs probably working harder this year ‚Äî well he is ‚Äî he‚Äôs working harder this year than last year. He‚Äôs kind of been more focused on that these are the things I need to work on.‚Äù
Jones was draft-eligible after last season, but chose not to give much consideration to turning pro because he thought there were parts of his game he could take to another level. He thought after playing only one season in Grantham‚Äôs 3-4 scheme, there was more to soak up.
‚ÄúThey know I stayed to get better,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúThey know I stayed to mature and become a better person outside of football. You get some people that are like, ‚ÄòI would have taken the money or I would have done this.‚Äô It ain‚Äôt all about the money.‚Äù
Or records for that matter. Jones isn‚Äôt focused on ‚Äî not that he wouldn‚Äôt mind having it ‚Äî the Georgia record that he came close to owning last year.
He fell a half a sack shy of David Pollack‚Äôs single-season record of 14 sacks set in 2002.
‚ÄúIt would definitely be a blessing,‚Äù Jones said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm definitely trying to work hard and push myself to be the best. Thirteen and a half, I think, not saying anything less than that I‚Äôm a failure, but anything less I really don‚Äôt want to accept that unless we win a national championship, you know?‚Äù