ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's depth chart at tailback has taken another hit as senior Caleb King is academically ineligible for the 2011 season.
Friday's announcement from coach Mark Richt opens the way for incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell to begin his career as the starting tailback. Crowell, from Carver High in Columbus, was considered the nation's top prep running back last season.
Washaun Ealey, who led Georgia in rushing last season, left school in May after two suspensions for disciplinary reasons.
King was suspended for two games last season after failing to appear in court to deal with a speeding ticket. He missed the Liberty Bowl because of academic issues.
King rushed for 430 yards with two touchdowns on 80 carries in 2010. Ealey led the team with 811 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns last season.
"It's unfortunate Caleb will not be with us this season," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "We wish him the best in whatever he decides to do. However, we have to move forward and this will provide more opportunities for others to step up."