Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech left tackle Andrew Gardner, who leads the nation with 48 consecutive starts, will miss the rest of the season. Gardner decided Tuesday to undergo shoulder surgery. He was injured in last week's win against Florida State and chose to have his left labrum repaired on Thursday so he will be ready for the NFL combine in February. The fifth-year senior was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference last year and is projected to get picked between the second and fourth rounds in the draft.
When the No. 22 Yellow Jackets visit No. 19 North Carolina on Saturday, they will start Austin Barrick in Gardner's spot. Georgia Tech also likely will start Nick Claytor for the second straight game instead of David Brown, who has a spinal injury.
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