Quick Hitters: Nick Jones

Nick Jones

Making his first start at center, Nick Jones' nerves may have shown a little with a couple of bad snaps. But all together he and the rest of the offensive line got the job done against Auburn.

"This week I was at center. We had to rotate at center because Bartley Miller went down," said true freshman Nick Jones.

A Bowdon native, Jones made his first career start against the Tigers.

"It was an experience," Jones said.

"Auburn had a good front four. They were quick and big," Jones said. But he and the rest of the rotating offensive line managed. They sprung Georgia to it first impressive offensive performance in over a month and to its first win against Auburn at home since 1991, when Jones' age was in the single digits.

"It went well against Auburn but they were tough yards; tough yards," he said. "Coach wanted us to get the running game going," he said.

The Dawgs managed 123 yards against a powerful Auburn defense. "I guess we got the job done," he said.

But things could have gone wrong for Georgia from the start when a few of Jones' snaps were not executed properly in the shotgun formation.

When asked if it was a difficult day fielding snaps Georgia quarterback David Greene said: "Well, sometimes. It was different I am used to Russ Tanner (Georgia's normal starting center). It was a little bit different. It was not so bad under center but in shot gun it was coming out a little different."

Greene hardly pointed the finger at the young center. Instead he seemed to shrug off the bad snaps to the pair's inexperience with one another.

"I really don't worry about people being critical of the snaps," said Jones of some of the shrieks from the Sanford Stadium crowd.

"Coach (Neil) Callaway told me to calm down. He told me to just make the snaps," Jones said.

Looking forward to the Kentucky game with Miller's availability in doubt means that Jones could get more looks at center. Still, he says that beating the Cats will be a challenge.

"Every game counts in the SEC. We have to get ready for Kentucky the same way that we got ready for Auburn." If Georgia can do that they will be fine.

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