As was speculated several months back, it looks like Caleb King is going to miss the 2011 football season due to academic eligibility issues. CBS Sports and others are reporting the news.
At around noon today, King sent a message through his Twitter account reading “Somethings u cant control, and what seems bad right now might turn out good.” King also offered encouragement for his teammates left behind at UGA. Orson Charles and others have tweeted back to King offering support.
King’s departure comes after Washaun Ealey’s transfer earlier this Spring and further depleted Georgia’s backfield. Veteran Carlton Thomas will be joined be redshirt freshman Ken Malcome and heralded recruit Isaiah Crowell in an increasingly wide-open running back competition.
Thomas, a junior, has played sparingly for the Bulldogs despite an electrifying G-Day Game in 2009 that led many to tab him as Knowshon Moreno’s successor. Thomas has carried the ball 86 times for 364 yards and two touchdowns while snagging an addition nine receptions for 53 yards over the past two seasons.
Malcome did not see action last year as a freshman and claimed a redshirt. He was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school in 2010 and regarded as the 24th best running back in the nation according to Rivals. Malcome is listed as 6'0" and bulked up to 226 pounds.
Isaiah Crowell comes to Georgia as one of the most hyped recruits in the program’s history. Fans have been clamoring to see the same kind of success out of him as Marcus Lattimore experienced in South Carolina as a freshman last season. He’ll be called upon early and often.
No matter how you slice it, the loss of King hurts the Dawgs. Lets hope for the best from Thomas, Malcome and Crowell.