ATHENS -- Georgia’s defense has two first-team Associated Press All-Americans on defense for the first time since 1968.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo were each named to the AP’s first team Wednesday. They become the first Georgia defenders to be named to the AP first team in the same season since Bill Stanfill and Jake Scott.
Jones, a sophomore from Columbus, led the SEC with 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.
Rambo, a junior from Donalsonville, has a league-leading seven interceptions and 12 pass breakups.
Senior guard Cordy Glenn was also named a third-team selection.
Georgia has secured some help for its depth-challenged offensive line.
Mark Beard, a junior college prospect, committed to Georgia on Wednesday, choosing the Bulldogs over Mississippi State and Arkansas.
“I felt at home at Georgia,” Beard told Rusty Mansell of Dawgs247.com.
Beard is listed at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds. He will enroll early, putting him in position to contribute right away for Georgia.
Georgia now has 15 verbal commitments for this class, including four offensive linemen. John Theus, one of the nation’s top overall prospects, is due to enroll in the summer and could start at left tackle. Greg Pyke and Chester Brown also have a chance to play, considering the lack of depth.
Three senior starters are due to leave the program: center Ben Jones and both tackles, Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson.
The team returns Kenarious Gates, Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette, who have all started at guard this year. David Andrews and Watts Dantzler also played off the bench as freshman. Kolton Houston has sat this year, his redshirt freshman season, because of an unspecified NCAA issue.
Georgia will open bowl practice Thursday as it prepares for the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 against Michigan State.
The Bulldogs will practice through Dec. 20. They will break and then continue practice Dec. 26 in Tampa, Fla.