Legge: Jones' Clearance Huge

ATHENS – In the end what everyone thought was going to happen happened.

Jarvis Jones was cleared to play for the Georgia Bulldogs, according to the AJC – which was, for insiders, something they'd expected for some time. One person I spoke with almost a month ago was completely dismissive of the entire situation.

"That? I don't even know why people are talking about it," the person said – dismissing the notion that Jones would miss any playing time at all.

The NCAA's determination that Jones did nothing wrong – essentially acknowledging the previous relationship between former AAU coach Tony Adams and Jones – is a breath of fresh air in Athens after the A.J. Green saga that seemed to deflate the start to the 2010 season.

Jones is a critical piece to the Dawgs' 3-4 defense. Without him the Bulldogs would be losing their top playmaker on the defensive side of the ball… it would likely have been a blow they could not have sustained against Boise State and South Carolina.

But on top of that, the news that Jones has been cleared continues the pattern of positivity surrounding the Bulldogs since the so-called Dream Team was signed in February. Jones is a critical part to the defense, but he's also looked up to by young running back Isaiah Crowell.

The news coming from Athens is remarkably better than it was this time last year – will it matter on the field? We will have to wait to see.

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