Thursday November 15, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Jarvis Jones has been named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player.
Jones is one of the five finalists who have been picked from the initial Watch List of 84 players. The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet will be on Dec. 3 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where the winner will be announced. The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club determine the winner and present the award.
The NFL Network will televise the event for the first time in history.
The four other finalists include three underclassmen and one senior. South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner, Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner and Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te’o were the other finalists.
A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 56 tackles, including 17.0 tackles for loss of 100 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only eight games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.1) with 24 in two seasons and in tackles for loss (1.7) with 36.5 through this season and last.
He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Nagurski, Walter Camp and Lott IMPACT awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances at Missouri and versus #3 Florida.