It had been 35 days since a Georgia defensive back recorded an interception – the last one coming when safety Reshad Jones hauled in a pick against South Carolina to halt the Gamecocks’ final drive, sealing a win.
In Georgia’s 24-14 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday, Jones didn’t wait until the waning seconds to end the secondary’s run of turnover-free games. The sophomore stepped in front of a Mackenzi Adams pass on Vanderbilt’s second drive of the game for an interception, then chipped in with a team-high eight tackles.
“That could have been his best game,” head coach Mark Richt said. “That guy made some beautiful open-field tackles. He go the pick, I think every time he tackled somebody he knocked them back. He just had that edge that was maybe the best I’ve seen from him.”
Jones wasn’t quite as willing to celebrate his performance.
His fellow defenders had three dropped interceptions in the game, and those are numbers he said are unacceptable as Georgia prepares for consecutive games against LSU and Florida.
“It’s a kind of good feeling,” Jones said, “but I look at the missed opportunities we had. We had other chances to make plays, too, so I know we need to capitalize on those things when we get into tough ballgames because we’re going to have a lot more tough ballgames and we’re going to have to make those plays to come out with a victory.”