ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia junior Jarvis Jones has been named one of three finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's most outstanding defensive player each season.
The winner of the 18th Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o and South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney join Jones as this year's finalists.
A 6-3, 241-pound outside linebacker from Columbus, Jones has accumulated 62 tackles, including 18.0 tackles for loss of 101 yards and 10.5 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in only nine games this season. He is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game (1.0) with 24 in two seasons and is tied for the lead in tackles for loss (1.6) with 37.5 through this season and last.
He has twice been named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Lott IMPACT, Nagurski and Walter Camp awards in 2012 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season following his performances at Missouri and versus #3 Florida.
Jones has sparked a defense that has given up a combined 19 points (one touchdown, four field goals) during the team's last three SEC victories. During that span, Jones has tallied 20 tackles, including five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Jones earned All-America honors last season after leading the SEC and tying for fifth nationally with 13.5 sacks to go along with 70 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss.
Former Georgia All-American and current ESPN announcer David Pollack won the 2004 Bednarik Award, along with the Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Ted Hendricks Award that year.
Jones has already been named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award and a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Butkus and Lott IMPACT awards.
The third-ranked Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) host Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) at Sanford Stadium on Nov. 24. ESPN will televise the matchup at noon.