GAINESVILLE -- Offensive coordinator Brent Pease said Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is a special player.
Pease saw Jones first hand last year at Boise State when the Broncos beat the Bulldogs in Week 1. And although that experience will help in terms of being familiar with the Bulldogs’ personnel and defense, Pease said Jones is on a different level.
“After going against him and just watching how fast he played the game, the strength he played with, how they used him, he is definitely an impact player,” said Pease, who was the receivers coach at Boise State.
Jones had four sacks and a forced fumble in Georgia’s 24-20 win over Florida in Jacksonville last year. He leads the Bulldogs with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss this season despite missing two games because of injury, including last week’s win over Kentucky.
But Jones did not appear Tuesday on Georgia’s injury report and is expected to play Saturday.
“We’ve got to do things where he can’t beat us, or try,” Pease said. “He’s going to make some plays. We know that. He’s that good of a player.”
This and that
• While watching film to prepare for their next game, the Gators identify opposing players who do not hold the football high and tight. They are known as “violators.”
Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, who forced a fumble of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw on the game’s first play last week, said the Gamecocks had several. He said they are still studying the Bulldogs, but already have found a couple targets.
“Their running backs,” he said.
• Although Florida has at least six more games to play and already has equaled its win total from all of last season, defensive end Dominique Easley said this year is not yet a “success.”
“Nah, you’ve got to win that national championship or the SEC [championship],” he said.