Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome back an old friend.

Good to see you, Jarvis Jones.

A pair of former Georgia greats have joined Kirby Smart’s support staff for the 2019 season.

Both Jarvis Jones and Juwan Taylor are listed as student assistants for the defense in the Bulldogs’ media guide which has been posted online. Taylor graduated from UGA this past season while Jones left Georgia after the 2012 season and was selected by Pittsburgh in the 2013 NFL Draft.

I actually got a heads up on Jarvis’ return from a reader here a month ago, who told me that Jarvis helped at Smart’s camp.

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It just feels right to see him rocking the “G” again.

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24 responses to “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome back an old friend.

  1. Did Jarvis get hurt or did he just not make it at the next level?

    If there was a guy meant to be a QB terror in the pros, he just seemed to be that kind of player.

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    • By the way, I love the guy. He’s on my defensive Mount Rushmore of DGDs. He absolutely dominated the 2012 SECCG until Nick gave up trying to have someone pass block him. He terrorized the Gators in those 2 Cocktail Parties. He’ll definitely be in Ga/Fl Hall of Fame soon.

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      • Cojones

        He was responsible for turning my loss each year to an FU grad. I bragged on him before he tore FU apart his first year and my friend got angry during the game when I called his name after each play that he was successful in rupturing their play or when he sacked the QB.

        Remember that neck problem with the spine narrowing diagnosed at USC after his successful Freshman season there? When Courson and others cleared him to play, we all clutched our beads whenever he went after someone for fear they could be wrong. If I remember correctly, his coach at USC had just arrived from Tenn and it was karma for the win he had put on us the year before. Somehow I forget that coach’s name, but remember Jarvis’s every play. It’s good to have him home and to have him advising how to “wreck havoc” with our upcoming Defense.

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        • Macallanlover

          Great point, UGA really was out on a limb after that USC prognosis. Couldn’t be happier for what it meant to that young man and, of course, us UGA fans. You don’t see that many professionals willing to take such a public risk, and the stakes were much higher than any football game. Worked out great, he was a real difference maker as a player and a leader. Hope his playing style contributes to creating some chaos.

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    • stoopnagle

      IDK. Injuries, I think, are the culprit here. He was starting for the Steelers just 2 years ago.

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      • SpellDawg

        Looked this up last night when I heard the news, he wasn’t picked up by the Steelers in his 5th year option, went free agent to the Cardinals, but was given an injury settlement/retirement before the season started.

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    • jt10mc (the other one)

      It was injuries. Just as he started to get going he broke his wrist in 2 places and the type of injury it was took a lot of time to heal…he didn’t get back from the injury fast enough. The NFL is very cutthroat and traded him for a draft pick and once you get the “injury prone” moniker on you in that league…its hard to shake it.

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    • CB

      His pass rush did not translate to the NFL. He played a lot, but was never able to generate consistent pressure.

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    And just think, Lane Kiffin at USC had him declared medically ineligible over a temporary neck injury, as he felt he simply wasn’t good enough to be a Trojan. It’s only fitting, then, that Lane went on to be fired at midnight on a LAX tarmac after a loss to ASU or whoever.

    We’re really lucky to have gotten Jarvis back after losing him from our own backyard the first go-around to USC. And as far as I’m concerned, just as Charlie Weiss should forward over 90% of his career earnings to Tom Brady, Todd Grantham should do the same for Jarvis. Alec Ogletree also should get a nice cut of the action too.

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    • Cojones

      My apologies for posting above before reading your post. That’s happened a couple of times recently where my same thought occurred to another poster earlier. However, I refused to use that coach’s name, so there’s proof I didn’t plagiarize your thoughts.

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  3. Mark

    Glad to hear Jarvis is back in Athens. My wife’s cousins run several auto maintenance shops in Latrobe PA where the Steelers train. They met him his rookie year and really hit it off to the point he was leaving them the keys to enjoy his car (Jag I think) while he out of town. They said he’s just the nicest most humble young man.

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  4. Spike

    Thanks for the memories, Jarvis!

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  5. J-Dawg

    He always played with “extreme prejudice”. That’s what I want him to teach our LB’s.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Like having him back, even as a GA. I have wondered why Kirby never worked something out with Hines Ward. He publicly expressed interest in coaching at UGA but there was never anything beyond that. Not saying he is qualified, sometimes talent doesn’t transfer to teaching, but his name value with young people will diminish over time. Could also be that the hours expected didn’t fit, and he wasn’t looking for a GA job.

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    • UnderDog68

      If there’s one thing Hines Ward could teach receivers, it’s how to throw devastating blocks.

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      • Texas Dawg

        He may be the best all around player UGA has ever had. QB, WR, RB and was more than adequate at each position. If he did not teach them anything else, it would be to play where the team needed you.

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    • jt10mc (the other one)

      Hines isn’t serious about it…

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  7. St. Johns Dawg

    He and Todd Gurley were 2 of the greatest Gator killers UGA has ever had.

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  8. jt10mc (the other one)

    As I understand it Jarvis is a GREAT GUY. Humble and still very much a very hard worker. Injuries did him in at the next level. He still spent 4 years in the NFL which is nothing to sneeze at.

    Good looking kid…except for the orange on that shirt…

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  9. Dawg19

    2-0 versus the Gators.

    That makes him a legend to me.

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  10. CB

    Taylor was a backup, but gets the label as a UGA great. By that metric my 3A GHSA high school should retire my number for being a three year starter.

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