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.”