Georgia Tailback & Ineligibility
July 9, 2011 by staff
Georgia Tailback & Ineligibility, Depth chart at running back from Georgia took another blow Friday when senior Caleb King was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season. King finished spring practice as the team’s starter. Washaun Ealey, who went down to Georgia last season, left school in May after two suspensions for disciplinary reasons.
Friday’s announcement by coach Mark Richt opens the way for incoming freshmen Isaiah Crowell to start your running career started. Even with the king in the workforce, many observers and Crowell is expected to win the job.
Richt talked about his expectations for Crowell, of Carver High in Columbus, when the highly recruited signed with Georgia in February. Richt hinted that Crowell could be the starter when the Bulldogs open their season against Boise State in the Georgia Dome on September 3.
“I’m not surprised to see him run that rock in the Dome against Boise State in the opening game, if you what to do,” Richt said.
With the departure of the king, and Ealey, junior Carlton Thomas (5 feet 7 inches, 170 pounds) is the returning leading rusher, recording 272 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Redshirt freshman Malcolm Ken will also have the opportunity to earn playing time. Junior linebacker Richard Samuel is a runner on first. Walk-Brandon Harton was third in the lineup, behind King and Thomas, at the end of spring.
“It is regrettable-s Caleb not being with us this season,” Richt said. “We wish him the best at what they decide to do, however, we must go forward and this will provide more opportunities for others to step up.”
King was suspended for two games last season after failing to appear in court to face a speeding ticket. He missed the Liberty Bowl because of academic issues.
King ran for 430 yards with two touchdowns on 80 carries in 2010. Ealey led the team with 811 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns last season.
Georgia said the king is considering its options. Started in 10 of his 29 games in Georgia and ran for 1.271 yards.
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