Another person connected to the Georgia football program has been arrested for reckless driving. On Friday, just before the Bulldogs’ 2023 season opener, staff member Jarvis Jones was booked in a speeding incident.
He becomes the latest in a long line of UGA football team members to be charged following an offseason of turmoil.
In January, following the team’s second straight national title, staffer Chandler LeCroy and offensive lineman Devin Willock were killed in a tragic car accident. It was later determined that the crash stemmed from a drag racing incident that also involved first round draft pick Jalen Carter.
Since, a number of UGA players have been arrested for reckless driving leading head coach Kirby Smart to comment on the concerning trend at SEC media days.
“I’m disappointed any time we have traffic incidents,” Smart said. “It’s very evident when you look at it, we’ve had traffic citations and incidents throughout the history of being at the University of Georgia… What concerns me most is the safety of our players. When you drive at high speeds, it’s unsafe, and we don’t want that to happen.”
The message still hasn’t seemed to resonate following former player and current staff member Jarvis Jones’s recent arrest.
Jones was booked Friday night according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Jarvis Jones was arrested Friday night by Athens-Clarke County police for reckless driving and speeding/maximum limits. He was booked at Athens-Clarke County Jail at 11:26 p.m. and released an hour later on a $2,400 bond. Maximum limits typically means more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.”
Jones was a star player for the Bulldogs in 2011-2012, winning SEC defensive player of the year honors as a junior. In two seasons in Athens, the linebacker racked up 44 tackles for loss and 28 sacks.
After a four-year NFL career, Jones landed on the UGA staff.
His reckless driving arrest is one of more than a dozen seen within the Georgia program this calendar year, continuing a distraction Coach Smart doesn’t need as he leads his team to a potential three-peat.