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One Jones a go for UGA, another starting Jones out

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For one of the biggest games of the Mark Richt era, Georgia will be getting one of the top defensive players in the country back from injury.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs will also lose a starter from the same side of the ball as well.

Defensive end Abry Jones suffered an ankle injury in the win over Kentucky last weekend.  And, as expected, UGA confirmed Wednesday that the senior will not play in this weekend’s game against Florida.

Jones, who did not practice this week because of the injury, has started 26 games during his time in Athens.  There are also reports that Jones underwent surgery and could miss the remainder of the season, although the school hasn’t yet confirmed such a development.

Richt said in quotes distributed by the team that sophomore Ray Drew will see more time at end with Jones’ absence, while also addressing another Jones’ status for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

“Ray is going to get a bunch of snaps in this game, and I’m looking forward to seeing him play,” said the head coach. “Jarvis is excited to get back in there and help us too. This is one of the reasons he came back this season because he want to play in games like this one coming up.”

Jarvis Jones, the All-American linebacker, missed the UK game due to a sprained ankle incurred in the early-October loss to South Carolina.  Richt had said earlier in the week that there was a “very good chance” Jones would be on the field for the Gators game.

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6 Responses to “One Jones a go for UGA, another starting Jones out”
  1. woebegong says: Oct 25, 2012 8:27 AM

    Ray Drew is certainly capable of doing a good job, but you have to be worried a little bit, when you start a guy in a big game like this for the first time. He is massive and very quick on his feet, so he has the physical tools to do the job. I hope he does well, as UGA’s defense surely needs to get a fire lit under them, to make a good game of it.

  2. florida727 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:57 AM

    They’ll make more than just a good game of it. Everyone’s writing off Georgia because of what happened against South Carolina… except me. I still think the Gators will have to bring their “A” game in all three facets of the game in order to prevail. This is still a dangerous team. Never underestimated a wounded team, especially one that has a QB like Aaron Murray. Should be a good one.

  3. blitz4848 says: Oct 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    @ Florida727

    Respectfully disagree on the close part. The young Gators won’t under estimate Georgia–they will play them like every game every week.

    Gators rotate 9-10 lineman on BOTH sides of the ball and this strategy has worn down bigger and better lines of USC & LSU and will do the same to UGA.

    UGA has one of the worst special team units without a special teams coach. Florida has one of the best.

    Florida wins Defense & Special teams with ease and offensively the Gators aren’t as weak as fans perceive. Pease the OC guides the UF offense so they make very few mistakes(4 TO’s all season)
    and take advantage of what the other team gives them via TO’s, poor punts, etc….

    Again if you win 2 out of 3 phases of the game you win 90% plus. Florida wins the Defensive and Special teams battles every week and the offense doesn’t lose the game.

    It isn’t always pretty but who can argue with 7-0,
    3 SEC road victories against the 10th best SOS in the country and the TOUGHEST SOS in the SEC.

    Florida will go in to their rivalry game AT FSU
    11 – 0. Fans can say what they want but if UF does that and beats FSU and somehow beats Alabama in the SEC championship they will not only be 13-0 but have played the toughest schedule of ANY contending for the BCS NC…..

    ***** Florida 38 UGA 13 *****

  4. florida727 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    “blitz”, I always respect your opinions (even if I occasionally disagree). In fact, they probably carry far more weight than mine because it’s pretty obvious you study the game more than I do, and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. I hope you’re right. I do like the way our interior lines have dominated because of their depth. And there are more of them on the way. Anyway, thanks for sharing the knowledge, and feel free to disagree with me anytime. Certainly no offense taken. I enjoy your posts.

  5. dawgs105 says: Oct 26, 2012 1:47 AM

    The Dawgs better bring their A game. I actually like Ray Drew more than Abry Jones though. He still has a lot to prove so he will be playing at 110%. If we can get a couple of things to go our way early we can win this game. That’s going to be tough though. I don’t think Florida is even one of the top ten most talented D’s in the country but they play extremely well together and as a unit are possibly the best. I attribute that to great coaching. This is going to be an interesting game.

  6. sssjim7 says: Oct 26, 2012 6:16 PM

    @blitz – good call on the “rotating 9-10 linemen” comment. I have noticed that Florida has just plain wore-out their opponents in the second half.

    What I find amazing, though, is that ALL coaches don’t do this… it seems like the most logical thing in the world to do.

    This should be an interesting weekend. I think the Miss St- Alabama game will start to tell us (finally) if the hype over the Tide was legit or not (no offense to Tide fans, but I still consider them rather untested). Same thing with Notre Dame… their schedule sounds great on paper, but I think maybe the teams they have played might not be having their best season this year.

    I have been really impressed with Kansas State so far… they appear to have beaten better teams up to this point. Still a lot of football to play, though.

    Anyway, as far as I am concerned, the playoffs start now… anyone that loses a game from this point on should be eliminated from championship talk. Win it on the field, not in the polls.

    Just my .02

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