Former Columbus football player, now University of Georgia staffer, arrested for speeding

A former Carver High School standout linebacker and now a staff member of the University of Georgia football team was arrested by the Athens-Clark County police last week, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other news outlets.

Jarvis Jones, who works as a player-connection coordinator for the Georgia football team, was arrested on charges of reckless driving and speeding/maximum limits after driving 86 mph in a 40-mph zone Friday night, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Jones played at Carver High School and was named to play in the Army’s All-American bowl in 2008 after being named defensive player of the year in Georgia twice and three times for Columbus, according to Ledger-Enquirer reporting.

Jones played outside linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2011-12 before becoming a first round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to AJC reporting. Coach Kirby Smart said there would be internal discipline for Jones’ arrest.

UGA football layers have been cited or arrested for speeding and/or reckless driving a total of 14 times since two program members died in a crash in January, according to AJC reporting.

The AJC says Jones’ arrest marks the first arrest for a coach or administrator.

Smart had this to say about Georgia’s speeding problem this summer, according to AJC:

“I’ll be the first to admit we haven’t solved that issue,” Smart said in July. “I don’t honestly know that anybody has. But certainly for us, it’s important to acknowledge it first. We’ve had a lot of intervention in terms of talking and visiting, and discipline measures have been implemented in terms of education. We’ll continue to do that.”

Last month UGA announced that Jones will be inducted into it’s Circle of Honor, one of the highest honors for anyone associated with the Georgia’s athletic program.