Studious Jones Doesn't Need Stats

ATHENS - Statistics aren't the measure of success for a Georgia defensive end like Abry Jones in coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme.

Jones, a junior, has started all nine games this season and logged nearly every meaningful snap. He's yet to record more than four tackles, and his 2.5 sacks are 5.5 behind team leader Jarvis Jones. But that doesn't diminish his worth.

"My job is to control the line of scrimmage so that the linebackers and defensive backs can see where the ball actually is," Abry Jones, a native of Warner Robins, said.

Digging deeper into less glamorous numbers, Jones has 15 quarterback hurries, second-best on the team.

"He's one of the most prepared players on our defense," Grantham said. "I can tell he studies film because he understands what the other teams are doing."

Jones' study habits could pay off Saturday against Auburn. Last season, the Tigers used a misdirection rushing attack that led to gains of 48, 31 and 30 in a 49-31 victory.

"I wouldn't say I study the most," Jones said. "I don't really know everybody's study habits. When I've got free time I'm just studying it, and I'm a little bit of a fast learner. I really get a grasp faster than other people, and I just know how to run our defense."

This season, Auburn running backs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb are both averaging 5.3 yards a carry. Jones says defending the Tigers "will be a little harder to defend than a traditional offense."

Still, he'll be carrying out his usual duties.

"I try to keep the offense corralled so that the other guys can come in and make plays," he said.


A foot injury against South Carolina cost junior linebacker Christian Robinson two games and parts of two others.

The play of his replacement, junior Mike Gilliard, has kept Robinson from reclaiming his starting job.

Gilliard has a team-leading 54 tackles and has proven too valuable to be taken off the field, leaving Robinson to do what he can to best help the team.

"I'm basically the third and fourth down guy," Robinson, who has 28 tackles, said. "The coaches want me in there because we're going to need to communicate and get everybody lined up."

Robinson, who coach Mark Richt has called a quarterback of the defense, stands next to Grantham during defensive stands to "hear everything that he's thinking," Robinson said. "I'm just ready to go out there and tell everybody what coach Grantham expects."

Georgia's defenders, including Robinson, call third downs the "money down."

"Christian knows the defense, and he's able to get guys lined up so they're able to play full speed," said sophomore linebacker Alec Ogletree. "It's a big help for us."


Ogletree said he's still working back into ideal conditioning after missing six games with a foot injury. "I'm still trying to gel completely back with the team," Ogletree said. He's made eight tackles the past two games. … Senior Brandon Boykin is 72 kick return yards away from moving into second all-time in Southeastern Conference history. … A win over Auburn would mark Georgia's first six game win streak in the conference since 1982.

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