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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
John Jenkins ineligible for bowl

By David Ching
DawgNation

Georgia will be without one of its top defensive linemen for its Capital One Bowl matchup with Nebraska on Jan. 1.

When his team reported to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to begin bowl preparations, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt revealed to reporters that senior John Jenkins is academically ineligible to participate in the bowl, effectively ending his college career.

A projected first-round NFL draft pick, Jenkins was a second-team All-SEC selection this fall after totaling 50 tackles on Georgia's defensive line.

Junior Kwame Geathers will fill Jenkins' spot at nose guard, while Garrison Smith, Cornelius Washington, Ray Drew and Sterling Bailey can all take over the snaps he played at defensive end.

In addition, Richt said before the Bulldogs concluded on-campus bowl practices in Athens last week that senior defensive end Abry Jones -- out since suffering an ankle injury Oct. 20 against Kentucky -- is probable to play against the Cornhuskers.

Jenkins was Georgia's only player who did not make the trip to Orlando, according to Georgia sports information director Claude Felton.