Bulldogs Graduate Early

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Friday Dec. 19, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. --- Thirteen current or former Georgia football players graduated on Friday as the rest of the 16th-ranked Bulldogs continued preparations for their matchup with 19th-ranked Michigan State in the
Capitol One Bowl.

Benjamin Boyd, Ramarcus Brown, CJ Byrd, Dannell Ellerbe, Demiko Goodman, Kenneth Harris, Corvey Irvin, Wes Jacobs, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Mimbs and Brannan Southerland were the current Georgia players who graduated while former players Thad Parker and Darrius Swain also wrapped up their graduation requirements.

"I¹m really proud of this group and I think it¹s a tribute to our academic
staff," said head coach Mark Richt. "We ended up having about 48 guys or so that would have missed practice with graduation or who were injured so we decided to cancel today¹s practice."

The UGA Athletic Association honored student-athletes from 13 different
sports at the 21st-annual Graduation Breakfast at the Rankin Smith Center
before they received their diploma at Stegeman Coliseum. The rest of the
Bulldog football team worked out and met with their position coaches on
Friday morning.

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