Sugar Bowl: 12/19 News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's Sugar Bowl practices.

GOOD, NOT GREAT: The NCAA released its first graduation rates under the new formula on Monday, and the statistics show that the Bulldogs graduated 45 percent of their football players. That's two percentage points higher than the national average.

The statistics, which for the first time give credit for players who transfer and graduate elsewhere, are based on the classes that enrolled in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Georgia's numbers were hurt by the 1998 class, which lost almost half its members to early entry into the NFL.

MILLER HEALING: Starting strongside linebacker Brandon Miller was diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee following the SEC Championship Game, and he is sitting out practice this week. However, he plans to be 100 percent in time for the Sugar Bowl.

"I don't know if I'll get back to practice this week, but I'll be sure to be back for the bowl week," he said.

Cornerbacks Tim Jennings (ankle) and DeMario Minter (knee) and wide receiver T.J. Gartrell (hip flexor) also are limited in practice but expected to ready for the bowl game.

TWO MISSES: Georgia isn't used to missing out this recruiting season, but two players the Bulldogs coveted chose other schools Monday. Heard County running back Carlos Brown, the 25th-best running back in the country according to Scout.com, chose Michigan, according to the Web site. Brown appeared to have narrowed his choices to Georgia and South Carolina.

Linebacker Jared Odrick, who recently made an official visit to Athens, announced at a Monday press conference that he will attend Penn State. The Pennsylvania native is considered the 10th-best linebacker in the country by Scout.com and also considered Florida, Virginia Tech and Virginia.

THIS AND THAT: Georgia will have a Dawg Walk on Jan. 2 at 6:25 p.m. near the Gold Parking Deck off Northside Drive. … Defensive tackle Jeff Owens was named a second-team Freshman All-American and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi an honorable mention by The Sporting News.

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