Knee condition ends UGA lineman Owens’ career

ATHENS – Georgia backup offensive lineman Jonathan Owens‘ college football career is over.

Owens has been granted a medical disqualification because of a knee condition, UGA coach Mark Richt said today. The disqualification means Owens no longer will be able to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

A redshirt sophomore from Blountsville, Ala., Owens appeared in one game for Georgia — that against Tennessee Tech last season.

He suffers from chronic patella instability in his right knee, according to UGA director of sports medicine Ron Courson.  UGA said it was determined after consultation with physicians that Owens could not continue his playing career.

Owens is scheduled for patella re-alignment surgery on Aug. 31.

“It’s always difficult when a player must give up the game,” Richt said in a statement. “Jonathan is an outstanding young man, and we look forward to him still being involved in our program.”

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charlotte dawg

August 25th, 2010
5:22 pm

GT Anchorage

August 25th, 2010
5:28 pm

You never want to hear about something like this, but at least he got out before he was really hurt. Hopefully, the surgery will go well to alleviate some of his pain.

Old Dawg

August 25th, 2010
5:38 pm

This is the part of football I really hate. I know it’s part of the game, but at the same time all the work, all the dreams and hopes of friends and family are gone. Let’s hope he earns his degree and has a great career.

Best of luck, Jonathan.

dale in newnan

August 25th, 2010
5:39 pm

Good luck young man

Glory Glory

August 25th, 2010
5:43 pm

Best of luck to ya Owens.

And enter theNerd Herd to tell us how much of a disgrace he and our program our……

Glory Glory

August 25th, 2010
5:43 pm

GT Anchorage

August 25th, 2010
5:47 pm

Glory Glory, they actually do that? ajc needs to make logins for everyone that post on blogs, so that people can be banned for trolling. Its bad on the GT blogs as well. I guarantee the people that do that have never attended a class for either school. Probably tweens going through an identity crisis.

BullDawg Rick

August 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

Hate this part of the game!!! All the Best to you Jonathan…

Dawgmess

August 25th, 2010
5:56 pm

Jonathan, when a door closes, find the window that opened for you. You still have an opportunity to get a great education. Get it! You’re a damn good Dawg.

And keep reading. You’re about to find out who’s classy and who’s not.

reebok

August 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

Tech fan here…sorry about your injury, young man. I wish you a great, healthy and full life after college football!

txdawg

August 25th, 2010
5:59 pm

Hate to hear about the injury, but keep on working toward the degree. At best, only a few college players ever play a down at the next level. Enjoy your time in Athens and take advantage of this opportunity.

GT Anchorage, great post and I hope your players can also stay healty. It is rare that real fans can see through the rivalry.

DawginOH

August 25th, 2010
6:07 pm

Best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery, Jonathan!

destin dawg

August 25th, 2010
6:19 pm

Get your degree young man… things happen .. when you get lemons make lemonade… good luck !!

Paul in RDU

August 25th, 2010
6:27 pm

I feel for the kid. All the effort over the years to make it to a Div 1 school on scholarship and he only got to play in one game before his knee ended his career.
I don’t know how this affects Owens’ scholarship (probably some arcane NCAA rule involved) but I hope that Richt’s comment that “we look forward to him still being involved in our program” means that there is some kind of scholarship to get him through school.

T-MAN

August 25th, 2010
6:30 pm

Good Luck to this young man,does he lose his scholarship?

civi dawg

August 25th, 2010
6:34 pm

Glory Glory, I like ribbing Tech fans as much as the next guy, but I doubt many true Tech fans would do that. They have a couple numbskulls that might, but we also have some idiots that would make stupid comments like “He wasn’t starting anyway. . .” I understand that Owens is a good kid and I truly hope things work out for him. As Dawgmess pointed out, one door closes and another opens.

Hunker Down

August 25th, 2010
6:36 pm

Love you man. Good luck in life~

Hunker Down

August 25th, 2010
6:36 pm

Jim

August 25th, 2010
6:39 pm

T-MAN, no he does not lose his scholarship and I am sure he will stay involved in some way with the football program. He is a good kid – oops, young man.

chuck

August 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

It’s my understanding that it is up to the Institution as to the status of the scholarship. It’s also my understanding that both UGA and GA Tech keep the athlete on scholarship just as any other active player. Jonathan will not count as an athlete on scholarship toward the 85 limit.

I wish him well in his future as while things may appear dark now, his future is bright and can certainly be improved with a college degree.

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

Sad news. Best wishes on a speedy recovery from a GT fan. As much as we Tech fans like to make fun of uga academics as part of a rivalry, putting aside the immature smack talking for a moment, uga is a fine school and will prepare you well for life outside of football.

TuckDAWG

August 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

Good luck Johnathan best wishes and my prayers are with you.

dh

August 25th, 2010
6:46 pm

From a Tech fan, I offer my best wishes to this young man. I’m sure the anguish of not being able to play college football anymore hurts worse than any physical pain he is enduring. Hopefully he can continue in his efforts toward his degree and enjoy the rest of his college experience.

YF

August 25th, 2010
6:46 pm

“Rankings prove Georgia has lost benefit of doubt”

And I am proud to say that it was 45-42 that started it all.

(((((((((((((((((((( hahahahahaha ))))))))))))))))))))

Glad it still smarts!

Jacket Fan

August 25th, 2010
6:47 pm

Coming from a Tech fan, I want to say that I hate seeing something like this happen to any athlete on any team. This young man has probably played football his whole life, and after a Dr’s visit he is told that his career is over. Sorry to hear this…Hope that he has a speedy recovery!! Go Jackets!!!

dh

August 25th, 2010
6:49 pm

Seriously YF. Wrong forum for this right now.

civi dawg

August 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

Well, thanks for the egg on my face YF. Of course, I can’t be as embarrassed as other Tech fans.

Kramer

August 25th, 2010
6:59 pm

Sad day for us Dawg fans but a sadder day for Mr. Owens. This Dawg fan wishes you nothing but the best life has to offer!

ryan

August 25th, 2010
7:00 pm

YF this is not the time or place for that garbage you just show a lot immaturity dude get a life .

Name (required)

August 25th, 2010
7:05 pm

Poor guy. Hope he transfers to a good school so he can at least get a useful education. :(

Beast from the East

August 25th, 2010
7:07 pm

Wow, that’s a tough blow. He seemed to have a lot of talent. Maybe he can get his degree and become a grduate assistant with a possible future in coaching?
Best of luck in your future endeavors, young man!

PhillyDawg

August 25th, 2010
7:07 pm

Thanks for proving Glory Glory correct YF. Your class shows right through.
To the rest of the Tech Fans, thanks for the kind words. The jerks on each forum are people to not be respected and ones that true fans hate.
Best of Luck Owens and thanks for all you did to make the team better!!

Tokyo jacket

August 25th, 2010
7:12 pm

I hope the kid can stay on as an undergraduate assistant or something. I agree with Honest and Frank. We rag on you guys, but he’ll get a good education at UGA. Best of luck ’til the last Saturday in November. Hopefully, we’ll both be 11-0 at that time!

macrotech

August 25th, 2010
7:17 pm

Sorry to hear…gotta wish the kid the best of luck…he’ll do well if he stays in school!

HugoStiglitz

August 25th, 2010
7:21 pm

Tough break for the kid. Sounds like Richt will let him stay with the program in some way and probably maintain his scholarship. Thats a classy move and a good move if he is a hard worker and a good teammate. He can still contribute in some other way.

Dawg Fan

August 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

Good luck to the “Big Guy”!

ATL Native

August 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

Chin up young man! Good luck with the surgery. None of us know what the next day will hold. You have a great future to create. Go Dawgs!

Tim

August 25th, 2010
7:26 pm

Best of luck Jonathan! Thanks for all your hard work…

And thanks to the GT fans who are being classy. For the other 2 (YF and Name (Required) ), get a life.

Ropedawg

August 25th, 2010
7:28 pm

Good Luck Jonathan. DGD

jimmymack

August 25th, 2010
7:31 pm

find something to do in the game you love,good luck

Coach Hewitt..

August 25th, 2010
7:35 pm

Enter your comments here

GT

August 25th, 2010
7:35 pm

I know I speak for most (hopefully all) Tech fans in that we don’t wish injuries on anyone. Best of luck, Owens.

Coach Hewitt..

August 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

Good luck & God speed JO……

Gratefuldawghead

August 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

So sad to hear this…Hopefully Owens makes the most out of his education at the University of Georgia!

dawggirl

August 25th, 2010
7:37 pm

So sad to hear such news. Best of luck to Jonathan. Enjoy your time in Athens, and come through on the other side with your head held high.

Thank you to the Tech fans that wrote kind words. It was nice to see that from your fanbase.

Alabama Jack

August 25th, 2010
7:45 pm

Good luck Jonathon. No one should take any pleasure in seeing someone injured.

bgdawg

August 25th, 2010
7:51 pm

YF you should be banned for even coming on here with that mess.
JO-get a good education, and who knows maybe you could possibly be a great rich man

athhound

August 25th, 2010
7:56 pm

Jonathan, Good Luck, keep your head up and work hard in whatever you do. Your one game experience is something that the rest of us would have killed for, and you will treasure more and more as the years go by. You’re a Damn Good Dawg.

davidinloganville

August 25th, 2010
8:00 pm

best of luck big guy. This is the time when a coach shows what kind of a person he is. Mark has proven that he not only talks the talk he walks the walk, just ask David Jacobs. I think I remember from Jacobs injury that he can stay on scholarship and it does not count against your limit.

col fot

August 25th, 2010
8:01 pm

techie tucker you must be elated with that news