ATHENS - Abry Jones speaks softly. At least he does for a man who stands 6-3 and weighs 308 pounds.
And that's just how Georgia's senior defensive end goes about most of his business, Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said. He "has just quietly become one of our better football players – I think one of the better football players in the SEC," Richt said. "Certainly a guy that has become an outstanding leader for us."
Jones, who was rated a four-star prospect and the 10th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com when he came out of Northside High School in Warner Robins, is coming off a career-high 47 tackles and four sacks. He faces the important task this year of not only backing up those numbers, but also helping the Georgia defense to reach its goals – a Georgia defense that is expected to be one of the nation's best.
"I think we have a great group of guys, a great group of talent," Jones said. "We realize the people we have. We want to be recognized as one of the best defenses in the nation."
With teammates like Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins and Bacarri Rambo, Jones definitely believes that is possible.
"Collectively, on defense, we all think the sky's the limit for us," he said. "We have a great group of guys that can come in and rotate. We're just trying to be the best that we can be, in the SEC and the nation. We're really trying to prove ourselves."