ATHENS -- Georgia got some good news from the NCAA on Tuesday about linebacker Jarvis Jones: He's eligible to play this season.
The NCAA reviewed Jones' status, as did the Southeastern Conference, after a police investigation into alleged corruption within the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department found that an administrator had provided benefits to the player in 2009.
The governing body found no violation of its rules, clearing Jones to take the field this season.
Coach Mark Richt thanked the NCAA for making a quick decision and says he's ready to get on with preparations for the Sept. 3 season opener against Boise State.
DOGS PRACTICE ON NEW GRASS AT SANFORD, PREP FOR FIRST SCRIMMAGE:
ATHENS -- With few clouds dotting the sky and temperatures rising, Georgia's football team practiced for just more than two hours on the newly planted grass fields at the Woodruff Practice Fields on Tuesday morning.
The morning session marked the sixth practice of the preseason. Following lunch, a break from football activities and then meetings, the team returned for a Tuesday evening session at Sanford Stadium, although a report from that practice was not available by The Herald's press time.
But from what coach Mark Richt saw early Tuesday, he felt good about the direction of the team's workout sessions.
"I thought we did a pretty good job (Tuesday)," Richt said. "We had a good tempo and the guys handled the first of two practices well."
The Bulldogs practiced in shorts and shoulder pads as they got ready for their first scrimmage today. Junior nose guard Jonathan Jenkins had one of the highlights during drills in the morning after intercepting a pass and returning it for a score.
"(Jenkins) tipped it to himself and then the big boy just rumbled down the field," senior tight end Aron White said. "It was only about 12 yards, but a (touchdown) for a guy that size is still impressive. He kind of reminded me of that guy for the Packers (B.J. Raji) running for that touchdown."
In addition to Georgia's high hopes for its defense and offense, the Bulldogs are also banking on their special teams units. Punter Drew Butler and place kicker Blair Walsh, who are both seniors and preseason All-Americans, join return specialist Brandon Boykin and snapper Ty Frix as four proven members of Georgia's special teams.
"There are high expectations for us, and we have high expectations for ourselves," Walsh said. "We all put in hard work this summer and preseason and hope it pays off. Drew and I had a goal after our freshman seasons that we wanted to be the No. 1 (special teams) unit on this team and in the country, and I think we are approaching that goal."
TYSON MAKES TED HENDRICKS WATCH LIFT:
Georgia senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson was named Tuesday to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, which is an award given to the nation's top defensive end.
Tyson is one of only three players from the SEC on the 35-man list.
A native of Statesboro, Tyson started 12 of 13 games last season and finished with 36 tackles, including four tackles for loss. A UGA highlight for Tyson was tallying a career-high 16 tackles during the win against Georgia Tech in 2010. He has been named to the 2011 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team after earning 2008 Freshman All-SEC honors.
Tyson played nose tackle in the Bulldogs' 3-4 defense in 2010 after lining up his first two seasons at defensive tackle.
Former Georgia All-American defensive end David Pollack is the only two-time winner of the Hendricks Award. Pollack was awarded the honor in 2003 and 2004 during a career in which the Snellville native finished with 36 sacks and four interceptions.