Florida Gators: Abry Jones

SEC's DLs, LBs strong at combine

February, 21, 2013

Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis, and other predraft camps. Today: Defensive linemen and linebackers.

Florida Gators

The heart of the Gators’ 2012 defense will participate in the combine today. DT Sharrif Floyd, whose stock is rising rapidly as he is projected to be taken as high as No. 3, had a fantastic season and anchored UF’s front. He dominated Florida State’s front, and his mixture of size, strength and quickness has scouts drooling. ILB Jon Bostic started every game the past two seasons and was UF’s leader on defense. Nobody was more dependable than Bostic. OLB Jelani Jenkins was limited in 2012 because of a broken finger, a strained hamstring and a broken foot, but when healthy he’s a solid player. OLB Lerentee McCray was forced into action at the buck position (hybrid end/linebacker) because of the injury to Ronald Powell. He didn’t produce big numbers but was a high-effort, high-motor guy.

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Q&A with DawgNation's David Ching

October, 25, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- To get the most in-depth information on No. 10 Georgia, which plays No. 2 Florida on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Jacksonville, Fla., GatorNation turned to DawgNation's David Ching. We asked him five questions about the Bulldogs:

Q: After being so good on the ground early in the season, the Bulldogs haven't run the ball well in their past two games. It's understandable against South Carolina, but not against Kentucky. What's the issue?

Ching: Missed assignments were a huge deal against South Carolina. It wasn’t as glaring of an issue against Kentucky, but they still failed to impose their will on a Wildcats defense that hadn’t exactly shown much of an ability to play tough run defense beforehand. I think what frustrated Georgia fans more in that game is that they kept trying to run it for too long after it was obvious that Kentucky had no answer in defending Georgia’s passing game. They finally went pass-heavy to pull ahead, and Aaron Murray wound up with a career-high 427 passing yards, but I think they realize they can’t be that reliant on the passing attack if they’re going to have a chance against Florida.

Q: The defense still looks a bit disjointed. A big part of that is not having everyone on the field until several weeks ago, but are there other reasons and can this unit get better for the stretch run?

Ching: Aside from the suspensions keeping some of their best players off the field for the first month of the season, they’ve dealt with several injuries along the defensive front seven. One of their best defensive linemen, Abry Jones, is out this week and might miss the rest of the season. But the more important injury question is whether Jarvis Jones will be close to 100 percent on Saturday. He has the potential to be a terror as a pass rusher -- and I’m sure Florida fans already realize that after his four-sack performance against the Gators last season -- but he hasn’t been healthy entering a game since Week 2 against Missouri. Without him wreaking havoc in opponents’ backfields, Georgia’s pass rush has been almost nonexistent, and I think that has impacted the Bulldogs' general defensive effectiveness. I don’t think that’s their only issue, but it has been a big factor. If they can get Jones going, I think you’ll see the defense perform more effectively immediately.

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Two pairs of teammates highlight the nine SEC players named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive end in college football.

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, a sophomore, and Devin Taylor, a senior, are on the list along with LSU's Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, both juniors.

Other SEC defensive ends making the 40-player list were Florida's Dominique Easley, Auburn's Corey Lemonier, Missouri's Brad Madison, Texas A&M's Damontre Moore and Georgia's Abry Jones.


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