The Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Four Georgia Tech players, including starters Stephen Hill and Mario Edwards, will not play in Monday's Independence Bowl against Air Force because of academic problems.

Hill is a sophomore receiver who leads the Yellow Jackets with 15 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Edwards is a senior safety who ranks third on the team with 68 tackles. Both were declared ineligible Thursday for failing to meet school requirements in the classroom.

The school also announced that senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes are ineligible to play in the bowl under the NCAA's academic guidelines.

Georgia Tech also will be without three more players for the first half the bowl game because they missed a team curfew.

Head coach Paul Johnson announced Sunday that starting defensive end Anthony Egbuniwe and reserve defensive backs Louis Young and Michael Peterson won't be allowed to play until the second half.