ATHENS -- Georgia's depth chart at tailback has taken another hit as senior Caleb King was ruled academically ineligible Friday for the 2011 season.
The announcement from coach Mark Richt opens the way for incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell to begin his career as the starting tailback. Washaun Ealey, who led Georgia in rushing last season, left school in May after two suspensions for disciplinary reasons.
"It's unfortunate Caleb will not be with us this season," Richt said in a statement released by the school. "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."
King indicated he will consider the options available to him before making a decision on his future plans.
In his Georgia career, King played in 29 games including 10 starts. He carried the ball 255 times for a total of 1,271 yards.
But he's had his problems off the field.
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.
MORE WATCH LISTS FOR UGA, GA. TECH FOOTBALL STARS:
ATHENS -- Georgia senior offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones were named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, while senior cornerback Brandon Boykin has been included on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List, according to announcements by the Football Writers Association of America on Friday.
Jones, a center from Centreville, Ala., and Glenn, a tackle from Riverdale, are a dominant tandem. The pair has combined for 71 starts during their three-year careers, including 10 starts during each of their freshman seasons in 2008. Jones, who has been named to UGA's Team of the Decade, has been named to Phil Steele's preseason All-SEC Second Team and is the No. 7 center in the country by Lindy's going into 2011.
Glenn, a preseason All-SEC First Team selection by Phil Steele and Lindy's, has started every game the last two seasons for the Bulldogs.
The Outland Trophy winner, which is considered the nation's most dominant interior lineman, will be narrowed down to three players Nov. 21, then the winner announced Dec. 8 on ESPN and given out Jan. 12 in Omaha, Neb.
Only former Bulldog All-American and NFL standout, Bill Stanfill of Albany, has won the Outland Trophy, doing so in 1968.
Georgia Tech junior guard Omoregie Uzzi was also named Friday to preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy.
Uzzi enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season in 2010. He was named second team All-ACC after helping the Yellow Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense.
SAVANNAH STATE HIRES EX-UGA A.D. EVANS AS CONSULTANT:
SAVANNAH -- Former Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans has been hired as a consultant for Savannah State.
The move was announced Friday by Charles Elmore, a consultant for advancement and communications for Savannah State president Cheryl Dozier.
Elmore told The Associated Press that Evans has no interest in replacing Marilynn Suggs, who was fired this week as Savannah State's athletic director. Evans "will take no part in personnel matters" but was hired to look at the athletic department, including its administration and fund-raising.
Evans' new role was first reported by the Savannah Morning News.
He resigned as Georgia's AD in July 2010 following his DUI arrest in Atlanta when he was pulled over with a woman who was not his wife. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year of probation, a $750 fine and community service.
Evans could not be reached for comment.