Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Is Georgia's Jarvis Jones a Heisman Trophy candidate?

It was a given this season that Georgia would have a Heisman Trophy candidate in starting quarterback Aaron Murray. But it appears Murray got to worry more about competition closer to home than Matt Barkley at USC (the front-runner) or Montee Ball at Wisconsin. That competition is in the form of Bulldog outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who has been impressive this season.

 ESPN's Gene Wojchiechowski has Jones, not Murray, in the coveted "Seated in the front row at Best Buy Theater" spot on his weekly "Heisman Trophy Watch." In English, that means Jones is a front runner, at least for this week. Wojchiechowski says that Jones "plays "Grown Man Football," not "Old Man Football,'" a reference to last week's Bulldog romp over Missouri.

As for Jones himself, he is somewhat philosophical about being in the run to become the third UGA player to win the Heisman behind Frank Sinkwich and Hershel Walker.

“That’ll be big,” Jones said. “I never thought about that one. That would be big. I’m doing everything I can in a team form and everything I’ve got in preparation. …Just to be in New York, man, it would be a great accomplishment. It’s hard for defensive players to get that award. Just to be up among some of the Heisman finalists that would be a great accomplishment for me.”

The season will have to continue to be a successful one for Jones and UGA for the OLB to truly be a Heisman contender. His heaviest competition for the title may turn out ironically to be Murray. There's always the risk that Jones and Murray will cancel each other out when the vote comes.

(via ESPN, The Athens Banner-Herald)