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Georgia freshman Kendrick Johnson to miss season

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman Kendrick Johnson will miss
the 2005-06 season after undergoing surgery on his ankle for
injuries sustained during his high school career.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 20.9 points and 9.1 rebounds last
season in leading Morton High School to the Texas Class A state
title. He was one of five freshmen signed by the Bulldogs.

"This is a disappointing turn of events," coach Dennis Felton
said. "It is disappointing for the team because we were really
looking forward to the impact Kendrick would have made this season.
It is also disappointing for Kendrick to have to start his college
career this way.

"He has a great attitude about getting healthy and strong for
next season, and we are going to do our best to move forward minus
his contributions," Felton said.

Georgia, which opens practice this weekend, is coming off a
20-loss season that included only two Southeastern Conference wins
-- its fewest since 1974. The Bulldogs had only seven scholarship
players and the starting lineup was comprised of freshmen and
sophomores.