First, I think we put this in perspective. Jenkins started 20 games in his brief Georgia career and his contribution to the turnaround of Grantham's 3-4 defense has been key. But he's not the dominant force who's ineligibility would consequently spell doom for this upcoming bowl game. In fact, since Abry Jones' injury Jenkins has spent nearly as much time at defensive end as he has nose guard.
And there in lies the rub. How healthy is Abry? If he can contribute significant minutes and provide the depth we need at end, we can ride Geathers and Mike Thornton at nose. Also look out for clips and quotes about defensive ends Ray Drew and even Sterling Bailey in bowl practices these next few days.
Don't get me wrong. We will miss John Jenkins. There's a reason he was selected to the All-SEC team and will be an early pick in the April draft. You can't play against a rushing attack like the one the Huskers will bring and not miss his size and talent.
But we can get through this. I think.