Georgia Bulldogs' Defender John Jenkins Academically Ineligible

By Dan Irwin
John Jenkins
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It’s the last thing that the Georgia Bulldogs needed before a huge bowl game on New Year’s Day.

Defensive lineman John Jenkins was declared academically ineligible by the school via head coach Mark Richt. The announcement has ended his Georgia football career.

“John Jenkins will not be coming to the bowl due to an academic-related issue. I think John Jenkins has been awesome for Georgia. I’ve been really proud of what he’s accomplished for us and just really want to wish him the very best  because he’s been a blessing to our program.” – Mark Richt

The massive 6’3″, 358-pound nose tackle has started all 13 games this season for the Bulldogs.

The good news for Georgia is that according to Dawg Nation’s  David Ching, Jenkins was the only player who did not make the trip for the bowl game, as was confirmed by Georgia sports information director Claude Felton.

The impact of Jenkins’ loss is unknown because he started every game in a stellar year for the Bulldogs. The plan is to start Kwame Geathers at nose, which certainly isn’t a bad scenario.

The Georgia defense will get a huge boost in this game from the return of the senior defensive end Abry Jones. Jones missed seven games while recovering from ankle surgery.

Jenkins was a second team All-SEC team selection this past season and is projected as a first round NFL draft pick. Their game in the Capital One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers is on January 1.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at ““.

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