ATHENS -- Jarvis Jones didnt get a chance to pad his Heisman resumé against Florida Atlantic.
Georgias star outside linebacker sat out Saturday night, resting a strained groin that has been bothering him for more than a week. Jones did suit up and was one of the teams four captains. But once the game began, he stood on the sideline, his helmet in his hand.
Freshmen Jordan Jenkins and Josh Dawson started at outside linebacker for Georgia, the first college start for each player. Dawson appeared to be playing for Jones, while Jenkins inched ahead of Ramik Wilson on the depth chart.
Jones was coming off a standout performance at Missouri, for which he was named national player of the week by several organizations, as well as the SEC defensive player of the week. He had two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception, helping Georgia pull past and away from Missouri, 41-20.
Head coach Mark Richt revealed after that game that Jones strained his groin leading up to that game, and at one point the team was worried that he wouldnt play.
And while the injury clearly didnt bother him in the Missouri game, it lingered this past week as the team practiced for Florida Atlantic. During the early portion of Wednesdays practice, Jones could be seen stretching out the groin while teammates drilled.
Safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree sat out a third straight game, as their suspensions continued.
Georgia has yet to confirm anything on either suspension, but the two are widely reported to have run afoul of the schools student-athlete drug policy. The first violation brings a one-game suspension, while a second brings a four-gamer, so the presumption would be that both players will also miss this weeks visit by Vanderbilt.
But it once again bears noting that the drug policy is Georgias own and is subject to appeals, so until the school or team announces anything, nothing is official.
Fullback Zander Ogletree, Alecs twin brother, was dressed out to play. But he was dressed for the opener against Buffalo and did not play, and he did not travel with the team to Missouri last week. A walk-on, Corey Campbell, traveled instead of Ogletree.
Meanwhile, Sanders Commings returned from his two-game suspension and started at safety. He replaced Connor Norman, who had started there the first two games in place of Rambo, while Shawn Williams retained his spot.
Chase Vasser, the other player returning from suspension, did not start. But he saw action on the first drive, and came up with a big play. Vasser forced a fumble that teammate Malcolm Mitchell recovered, snuffing out FAUs first drive.
Offensive line juggling
Starting left guard Dallas Lee hurt his ankle in the first half, resulting in some shifting around:
Kenarious Gates, the starting left tackle, moved back to left guard, where he played last year. He was replaced at left tackle by Mark Beard, the junior college transfer who played sparingly the first two games.
Receiver Michael Bennetts 67-yard touchdown grab in the first half was the longest reception of the sophomores career.
Tight end Arthur Lynch made his first catch of the season in the first half, hauling in a 19-yard catch. Two plays later Lynch made his second catch, but he fumbled the ball away after gaining 18 yards.
Junior receiver Rantavious Wooten earned his first start since 2009. He made good use of it, going 24 yards on an end-around on the first offensive play.