The 122nd edition of the nation’s oldest All-America team was honored on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday night.
A 6-3, 241-pound native of Columbus, Jones has 77 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 11 games this season.
Currently, Jones leads the NCAA in forced fumbles per game and tackles for loss per game.
He was named the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Monday and was a unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team. On Tuesday, he was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ first team.
This marks the second straight year Jones has been named to the Walter Camp All-America first team.
There have been nine first team selections for UGA since Mark Richt was named head coach in 2001 and 36 since the award began in the late 1800s.
Jones was also selected as a finalist for the Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi Awards along with the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week twice this season after his performances against Missouri and Florida.
Georgia faces No. 23 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.
Gurley, Theus Garner
SEC All-Freshman Honors
Freshmen Todd Gurley and John Theus were voted to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team, announced Thursday by the league office.
A 6-1, 218-pound tailback from Tarboro, N.C., has rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.
He became the 12th Georgia player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and joined Herschel Walker as the only Bulldogs to tally 1,000 yards in their true freshman campaign.
Currently, Gurley is second in the SEC in rushing yards per game (96.9). He is also tied for second in scoring (102 pts.) and third in all-purpose yards per game (124.3).
A 6-6, 309-pound native of Jacksonville, Fla., Theus has started all 13 games at right tackle, becoming the first UGA true freshman to start at tackle since Trinton Sturdivant in 2007.
He has helped pave the way for 184.2 rushing yards per game for the Bulldogs, including the SEC’s second-leading rusher — Gurley.