December 26, 2010

Three Dawgs won't play

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Georgia will be without one of its key performers and two of its backups for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl due to academic reasons, Bulldog officials confirmed here Sunday afternoon.

Included in the trio is running back Caleb King, who finished the regular season as Georgia' second-leading rusher with 80 carries for 430 yards and two touchdowns, along with backup offensive lineman A.J. Harmon and freshman cornerback Derek Owens.

UGASports was the first to report King's likely suspension last week.

Neither of the three made the trip to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl, which kicks off Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Bulldog head coach Mark Richt was not immediately available for comment, but Georgia sports information Christopher Lakos said that King was suspended for UGA-related academic issues, including missing mandatory academic meetings.

Harmon and Owens were suspended due to NCAA-related academic issues.

Owens appeared in all 12 games for the Bulldogs, making six tackles and returning two punts for 16 yards against Tennessee. The Jacksonville, Fla. native also recovered a key fumble in the Bulldogs' 41-14 win over Tennessee.

Harmon appeared in four games, all in a backup role.

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