ATHENS, Ga.— Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has a simple formula for his success this season.
“I’m not fast. I’m not strong,” Jones said. “I’m really not. People think I am, but I’m really not. I’m going to come at you the same way every time. I’m going to give you everything I’ve got every play, and if you can’t hold it, well, somebody is going to have to give.”
During Georgia’s 24-20 victory Saturday against Florida, Jones became the fifth Bulldog in school history with four sacks. He leads the Southeastern Conference with eight, tied for fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 241-pound sophomore, also had another tackle and forced a fumble as No. 18 Georgia (6-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) won its sixth in a row.
“I think they have a few tendencies we picked up and we used it to our advantage,” he said Monday. “Most of all, (hobbled Florida quarterback John) Brantley couldn’t move.”
Georgia entered this season searching for someone to replace outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had 10 sacks in 2010 before forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Jones was moved from inside linebacker to outside and quickly adapted to his new position.
He’s second on the team with 44 tackles, has an SEC-leading 14 tackles for loss and 20 hurries of the quarterback.
“Jarvis has kind of taken off obviously, putting pressure on the quarterback,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said.
“You lose a guy like Justin Houston, you hope a guy can step in there and start making those kinds of plays. Jarvis has done that.”