Dogged pursuit

Jarvis Jones went from USC to UGA to the top of NFL draft boards

Originally Published: October 4, 2012
By Jordan Conn | ESPN The Magazine

TWO AND A half years and more than 2,000 miles ago, Jarvis Jones was just another washed-up football player, shooting pickup hoops at a Southern California gym. After eight promising games as a true freshman linebacker for USC, Jones was sidelined indefinitely with a neck injury, barred from putting on his pads or helmet. "It was," he says, "depressing."

The injury occurred against Oregon on Halloween in 2009. By all accounts, it was a routine hit, but after staying ...

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