Georgia Dawgs Take A Hit: Kris Durham to Miss '09 Season

Paige SosebeeCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Georgia Bulldogs mascot UGA VII sits on the field before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Kris Durham, a senior leader in the Bulldogs receiving corps will miss the 2009 season while recovering from shoulder surgery. Durham was slated to see increased playing time this year but will instead take a medical red-shirt and return in 2010.

The University of Georgia released the announcement yesterday stating that it was in the best interest of Durham to fully recover from his surgery before returning to the football field. Durham has decided that playing this year would push the time for his recovery and doesn't want to risk his senior season with the bulldogs.

Last year, with the large number of injuries affecting the morale of the team,this news is not going to be well received by the bulldog nation. On a squad that is really young, not only are you losing talent, with the loss of Durham, but also someone that is a leader for the freshman and red-shirt freshman. This is a gigantic loss to the bulldog nation and will leave a huge hole that will need to be filled to ensure production in the receiving corp.

A lot of the younger guys will have their chance to see playing time and make a name for themselves as this leaves an opening for someone to step up. Guys that will more than likely become household names, include A.J. Green, Rontavious Wooton, Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe, Tony Wilson, Michael Moore, and Tavarres King. This puts Georgia a few steps back but there will be plenty of time to work out the kinks before fall.

Durham, we wish you the best and look forward to seeing you back in the red and black in 2010.