When the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the No. 23 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl on January 1st, the Bulldogs defense will be without starting nose tackle and future first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft John Jenkins.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed that Jenkins will miss the bowl game due to “academic concerns.”
This past season, the 6-foot-3, 358-pound defensive tackle had 50 tackles, one sack and a blocked kick. In the absence of Jenkins, junior Kwame Geathers will fill the void along the Bulldogs defensive front.
While he will be absent from the Capital One Bowl, Jenkins will have the benefit of showing of for scouts and NFL personnel during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama. Jenkins seems like a lock to be drafted in the first-round come April’s draft, so it is unlikely that his academic issues for the bowl game will hurt his draft stock.