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Jarvis Jones
No. 95     Pittsburgh Steelers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-13) October 13, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Richland, Georgia
High School: Columbus (GA) Carver
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2013–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Jack Lambert Trophy (2012)
  • Consensus All-American (2011, 2012)
  • First-team All-SEC (2011, 2012)
  • Premier Player of College Football Trophy (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles     40
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     0
Forced Fumbles     0

Jarvis Jerrell Jones (born October 13, 1989) nicknamed Dawg Bones, is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was recognized as a consensus All-American twice.[1] Due to his penchant for bone-shattering tackles during his time at Georgia, Jones is sometimes referred to as "Dawg Bones" Jones.[2] The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Jones was born in Columbus, Georgia and grew up in Lumpkin and Richland, Georgia. He attended Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, where he led his high school football team to a state title in 2007, and was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.[3] In addition to playing football, he was also an all-state basketball player.[1] He was ranked the 59th best high school prospect by ESPN.[4] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College careerEdit

2009 seasonEdit

Jones attended University of Southern California (USC) for his freshman year, during which he saw action as a special teams and backup player for the USC Trojans Football team. In the first eight games, he recorded 13 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. During the game against Oregon Jones suffered a neck injury. He was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis and the USC medical staff would not clear him to play for the team again.[5]

2010 seasonEdit

When the USC medical staff would not allow Jones to practice in the spring of 2010, Jones asked for and was granted a release to transfer. His high school coach contacted Georgia, Auburn, and Florida State to discuss the possibility with the teams' coaches. After meeting with Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Jones underwent medical testing by the Georgia staff and was cleared to play football for the University of Georgia. He would have to redshirt during the 2010 season in compliance with NCAA transfer rules.

2011 seasonEdit

Jones started every game in the 2011 season, recording a career high 4 sacks against Florida on October 29.[1] He posted 70 total tackles including 19.5 for a loss, 13.5 sacks (which led the SEC),[6] 2 forced fumbles and 26 quarterback hurries.

He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been named to the first teams of ESPN, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.[7]

2012 seasonEdit

In 12 games, Jones recorded 85 tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss, 14.5 sacks, 1 interception, 7 forced fumbles, and 2 fumbles recovered.[8] He missed games against Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.[9] He played an integral role in wins over Missouri and Florida.[citation needed][10][11] So far Jones has been named an AFCA First Team All-American, the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and voted The 2012 Premier Player of College Football by sports fans.[12]

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh Steelers (2013-present)Edit

2013: Rookie YearEdit

On April 25, 2013, Jones was selected with the 17th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft.[13] He wears jersey No. 95 for the team. Throughout the early part of the season, he has been in regular rotation with Jason Worilds at right outside line backer. His first sack in the NFL was recorded on November 10, 2013 against the Buffalo Bills. During his rookie season of 2013, Jones played in 14 games making 40 tackles, 4 passes defended, and 1 sack.

PersonalEdit

His older brother, Darcell Kitchens, was murdered outside of a bar in Richland, Georgia.[14]

EndorsementsEdit

Jones signed an endorsement deal for Subway during April 2013, just days before the 2013 draft.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Player Bio: Jarvis Jones". Georgia Athletics. http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/jones_jarvis00.html. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  2. http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/college_football/article/Nicknames-Heisman-have-gone-hand-in-hand-4094976.php
  3. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Jarvis-Jones-51444
  4. "Football Recruiting - Jarvis Jones". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/55314/jarvis-jones. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  5. Georgia Bulldogs LB Jarvis Jones' long journey back to the field - ESPN The Magazine
  6. "Top 20 college players at midseason". National Football League. 2012-10-22. http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap1000000083979/top-20-college-players-at-midseason. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  7. David Ching, Another honor for Jones and Jones, ESPN.com, December 10, 2011
  8. http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2012-2013/teamcume.html
  9. 2012 Season statistics, University of Georgia. Last Retrieved 10-28-2012.
  10. http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2012/09/08/on-historic-night-in-missouri-georgias-jarvis-jones-makes-history/
  11. http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2012-10-30/loran-smith-jarvis-jones-performance-against-florida-all-time-best
  12. http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2012-12-03/jarvis-jones-named-ap-sec-defensive-player-year-5-other-bulldogs
  13. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000163630/article/jarvis-jones-selected-by-the-steelers-at-no-17
  14. Georgia Bulldogs LB Jarvis Jones overcomes family tragedy to star on field

External linksEdit

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