Georgia freshman Kendrick Johnson to miss season

Updated: October 10, 2005, 7:53 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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