Friday, July 8, 2011

Caleb King To Enter NFL Draft


DSC_1295Coach Mark Richt confirmed this afternoon that projected starting tailback Caleb King will not be academically eligible to play football this fall.

King was unable to participate in the Liberty Bowl due to academics and with NCAA rules requiring a student athlete to complete 80% of the requirements toward graduation after four years, King was unable to acquire enough credit hours this year to regain his eligibility.

Richt released the following statement;

"It's unfortunate Caleb will not be with us this season, 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."

In three seasons with the Dawgs, King played in 29 games, starting 10. He rushed for 1,271 yards on 255 carries, his longest touchdown, 75 yards, came against Georgia Tech in 2009.

King entered Georgia as one of the top high school running backs in the country. He attended Greater Atlanta Christian for his senior year after having set the state single season rushing record of 2,768 yards at Parkview High School as a junior.

King has reportedly decided to enter the NFL supplemental draft and will not attempt to transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility. 

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