Bryan Fischer of CBS is reporting that UGA senior running back Caleb King will be academically ineligible for the 2011 football season.
The loss of King would be another big blow to the Georgia backfield. Washaun Ealey left the team earlier this year and transferred to Jacksonville State.
If King is in fact ineligible, that leaves only three running backs for the Dawgs: incoming and highly ranked freshman Isaiah Crowell, junior Carlton Thomas and redshirt freshman Ken Malcome.
Thomas (5-7, 170) has rushed 86 times for 364 yards and two touchdowns in two seasons on the field in Athens. Malcome (6-0, 226) redshirted last year and has yet to see a snap in a live game.
The Dawgs really need someone to step up, and the onus falls on Crowell. He is the home-run type back that the Dawgs have been lacking lately. He will likely earn the start in game one against Boise State.
Malcome will likely rise to second on the depth chart. He is big, bruising runner that was rated as a 4-star back by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Unlike Thomas, Crowell and Malcome have the frame to be every down running backs.
Update (2:50 p.m.) – UGA has issued a release confirming that Caleb King is academically ineligible for the 2011 season.