ATHENS – Jarvis Jones didn’t get a chance to pad his Heisman resume’ against Florida Atlantic.
Georgia’s star outside linebacker sat out on 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 team’s four captains. But once the game began, the Columbus Carver High School graduate 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 in leau of Jones, while Jenkins inched ahead of Ramik Wilson on the depth chart.
Jones is coming off a standout performance at Missouri, for which he was named national player of the week by several organizations, as well as 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. The performance led to Jones popping up on several Heisman Trophy watch lists.
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Head coach Mark Richt revealed after that game that Jones strained his groin during the week, and at one point the team was worried that he wouldn't play.
And while the injury clearly didn't bother him in the Missouri game, it lingered this past week as the team practiced for Florida Atlantic. During the early portion of Wednesday's practice, Jones could be seen stretching out the groin while teammates drilled.