Georgia loses Jenkins for bowl game

Georgia senior nose guard John Jenkins didn't meet academic requirements and won't be eligible to play against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

Jenkins, projected as a first-round NFL draft pick, missed practice earlier this month with a concussion, but coach Mark Richt told reporters Wednesday when the team arrived in Orlando that Jenkins would not be playing in the game for academic reasons.

Kwame Geathers will start in Jenkins' place, and the Bulldogs are also getting Abry Jones back on the defensive line. Jones missed the last seven games of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery.

The Bulldogs had their issues against the run this season. They're 12th in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing 177.8 yards per game. They were torched for 350 yards on the ground against Alabama in the SEC championship game.