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July 5, 2010

Player Countdown to Kickoff - No. 61

#61 Ben Jones Position: Center Class: Junior


Height/Weight: 6-3, 300 High School: Bibb County (Ala.)
Projected Fall Team Depth Chart Position:First Team

Spring Review: Jones enjoyed a solid spring, further entrenching himself as one of the Bulldogs top leaders, not only on the offensive line, but for the entire Bulldog squad. His aggressive style of play rubs off on the entire Georgia line, making him about as indispensable as a center can possibly be. He was banged up once or twice during the spring (ankle) but played through it adding more to his turf eating legend.

Fall Preview: Jones may have been just a 3-star coming out of high school, but he's now positioned himself as one of the top centers in the SEC. The rest of the league has taken notice of his All-SEC caliber of play and barring injury he will again lead the o-line this fall.

Ben Jones is the current number 61 for Georgia. In his short time as a Bulldog he has already 23 starts and was a Freshman All-American and a 2nd team All-SEC offensive lineman. The Centreville, Alabama native gives it his all and then some on every play. No word if this Ben Jones fixes cars or plans to run for office like the other Ben Jones that fans in Georgia have grown to love.

Georgia has had its share of great nicknames in the past and one of the best comes from a 61 from the late 70's/early 80's. Eddie "Meat Cleaver" Weaver came to Georgia and thought he was being recruited as an offensive lineman. He was shocked when he was asked to play defense, but it is a good thing he did. Eddie was a two-time All-SEC nose guard and played for the Los Angeles Express in the USFL.

Tony Cushenberry wore 61 and was a powerful guard in the 1950's. He was named All-SEC in 1956 and spent 29 years in the Air Force. Later, he was a key figure in the administration, coordination and the supervision when the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall was being built. He also was responsible for overseeing the transformation of Sanford Stadium when it was used for Olympic Soccer in 1996 and when it returned in time for Georgia football in the fall.

I don't remember too much about his playing days, but if you were around Sanford Stadium in the early 1990's you remember number 61 Earl Parker standing on the benches, waving a towel as he tried to rally the players and the fans for a big play.

Georgia's first bowl game was the 1942 Orange Bowl. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the TCU Horned Frogs in that game 40 to 26. The Dawgs first touchdown was a 2-yard TD run by Ken Keuper, but their 2nd was a little bigger or should we say longer. With the scored tied at 7 in the first quarter, future Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Conger and the rest was history.

1961 - Georgia Record: 3-7
Head Coach: Johnny Griffith
Captain: Pete Case

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