Jarvis Jones named SEC’s top defensive player

semerson@macon.comDecember 3, 2012 

ATHENS -- Jarvis Jones is the SEC defensive player of the year, and Todd Gurley is an all-SEC first-teamer as a freshman.

Those were the headlines for Georgia as the Associated Press announced its year-end SEC football awards. Jones is now a two-time all-SEC first-team selection, and he is the first Georgia player to win conference defensive player of the year honors since David Pollack, who did it in 2003 and 2004.

Jones beat out South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the SEC leader with 13 sacks. Jones is tied for second with 12.5 sacks, but he also leads the conference in tackles-for-loss (22.5) and forced fumbles (seven).

Gurley, who has rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns, is the first Georgia freshman to be named to the All-SEC first-team since receiver A.J. Green in 2008.

Three other Georgia players made the second team: Nose tackle John Jenkins, linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo. The latter two missed the first four games of the season because of suspension, which certainly hurt their case for the first team.

Ogletree is leading Georgia with 98 tackles despite missing those first four games. He also has 8.5 tackles-for-loss, second to Jones among the Bulldogs, and a couple of sacks.

Rambo was a first-team All-SEC and first-team All-American last year, based largely on being tied for the national lead with eight interceptions. This year, he has three interceptions in nine games.

Quarterback Aaron Murray was an honorable mention. That means he got at least one vote for first team, because the way it works is every voter just votes for first team and not anything else.

Monday night, Jones and Clowney were both beat out by Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o for the Nagurski Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player.

Te’o was also named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, along with Manziel and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.

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