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2013 Capital One Bowl: Georgia defense battling distractions

Georgia will be without coach Rodney Garner and John Jenkins in the Capital One Bowl.

Kevin C. Cox

The Georgia defense will look to overcome a plethora of changes and distractions that occurred in the last month as they prepare to face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

The two most glaring changes have been the absence of defensive line coach Rodney Garner and defensive tackle John Jenkins, according to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

After being at Georgia for 15 years, Garner took a job with Auburn before the Christmas holidays. Jenkins has been ruled ineligible for the bowl game due to academic issues.

In addition to the absences, Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Kwame Geathers have submitted paperwork to an NFL committee that evaluates and projects a individual's draft status.

Nine other defensive starters are also entering their final collegiate game as they prepare to stop Taylor Martinez and the high-powered Nebraska offense. The Cornhuskers are averaging 254.5 yards rushing per game this season, which ranks eighth nationally.

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