NFL Decision Coming for Jones

ATHENS - Jarvis Jones has made every All-American team under the sun and made the rounds on the awards circuit last week, but even the star Georgia linebacker who finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting can be mistaken for just another guy named Jones.

That would be former Oklahoma offensive lineman Jarvis Jones.

During the Rotary Lombardi Award show in Houston last week on the CBS Sports Network, a photo of Oklahoma's Jones was shown a couple of times mistakenly instead of Georgia's Jones.

"It kind of freaked me out when I saw it," Jones said. "(South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon) Clowney rubbed it in all week."

Jones, a redshirt junior from Columbus. is widely expected to enter the NFL draft, but said his decision hasn't been made.

"Hopefully soon," he said about when he would make up his mind. "If not this weekend, some time next week or maybe after the bowl game."

Jones said he hasn't talked yet to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham or those close to him about his decision.

Jones, named Friday to the Football Writers Association of America All-American team, was a finalist for five national awards that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won.

"Manti's the man," Jones said. "We were along for the ride."

He enjoyed spending time with Te'o and Clowney.

"It was fun getting to know those guys," Jones said. "You see them on TV. It's fun. Me and Clowney talked football. Really we were just hanging out, having fun, being big kids."

The awards circuit also took him to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy banquet in Charlotte and the college football awards near Orlando. He skipped the Lott Trophy banquet in California.

"I was tired, man," Jones said. "(Te'o) won that award, too. I just wanted to be here. I had been going a week and I was behind on a lot of my work."

Next Geathers to skip senior season?

Another Georgia underclassman that has an NFL decision to make is redshirt junior nose guard Kwame Geathers

"Undecided right now," Geathers said. "Very undecided. Just kind of going to wait for the bowl and make my decision."

Geathers' family has a history of turning pro with eligibility remaining, but he said he will make his own decision.

His brother Robert left after his junior season at Georgia and was a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. Another brother, Clifton, went in the round in 2010 out of South Carolina.

Asked if he could buck the trend of Geathers leaving as underclassmen, he said: "I feel like already broke the trend. I've been here for four years. They were there for three years."

The 6-foot-6, 355-pound Geathers said he will talk to his brothers, father and uncles (including former NFL pass rusher Jumpy Geathers) along with his mother. He's already spoken to Georgia coaches about his pending decision.

ESPN's Mel Kiper said if Geathers entered the draft, "you've got to look at a guy like that in the second, third round mix. You have to. They're valuable in the NFL for obvious reasons. You pop him in the second round as a possibility."

Asked if a second or third round grade would be enough to encourage him to turn pro, Geathers said: "Somewhat, but I'm one of those guys that don't listen to that kind of stuff. It can go either way. You've got the combine, you've got a lot of times left that you have to prove yourself."

Linebacker joins the fold

Inside linebacker Ryne Rankin, an early enrollee from near Orlando, is set to practice for the first time today. He was on hand on Friday.

"He was going through the physical exam and all that kind of stuff," coach Mark Richt said. "He'll get his first taste (of practice)."

Richt called Rankin a "very physical guy, very tough. Hard-nosed, tough, sturdily built guy who likes contact. A very good kid."

With Georgia losing seniors Mike Gilliard and Christian Robinson and likely junior Alec Ogletree, Richt said getting inside linebackers enrolling in January "helps. There's probably a couple of spots where it's not as crucial to get them here in the midyear. Definitely linebacker is one of those positions where it ought to help him."

This and that

Add Chris Burnette to the eight current and former Georgia players who graduated on Friday and were excused from practice. Burnette wasn't on the initial list released earlier this week. "He's looking into going to grad school, which is pretty awesome," Richt said.

Nose guard John Jenkins (concussion), defensive end Abry Jones (ankle), special teamer Kosta Vavlas (sprained shoulder joint), and safety Marc Deas (sprained knee) did not practice Friday.

Georgia has seven more practices on campus before taking a break and reconvening in Orlando on Dec. 26.

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