Caleb King thanks UGA, will enter NFL supplemental draft

While I was offline and getting my computer serviced, Georgia’s most-recently-departed tailback Caleb King issued a statement through UGA’s sports communication office. I would have rather had him answer the questions I’ve been calling and texting and emailing him with the last several days, but I guess this will have to do.

In case you were vacationing in Fiji or something, King, the Bulldogs’ starting tailback, lost his academic eligibility at the end of this past week and will miss his senior season. As I reported in my original story, the NFL supplemental draft, which would have normally been conducted by now, remains his best and most viable option to continuing his football career.

Here’s the statement:

“My years at the University of Georgia have afforded me a tremendous opportunity to develop my skills on the field. Coach Mark Richt and the entire UGA football team and staff have been instrumental in my growth and development both on and off the gridiron. I have learned countless lessons that continue to mold me into a better individual and player. While I will miss my Bulldog family, I will continue to put my situation and future career in God’s hands. I look forward to pursuing an opportunity at the next level through the NFL’s supplemental draft and playing the game that I have loved since I was a young boy.”

|–Caleb King

167 comments Add your comment

cadawg

July 12th, 2011
2:40 pm

hope he gets it together. good luck to the kid.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
2:43 pm

He does not get drafted. The NFL is learning to avoid guys like this. I bet the number of UGA players getting drafted drops because of all the possible troubles they bring. Heck, Hines Ward just got busted. What does that say about the program?

Football Insider

July 12th, 2011
2:44 pm

Even if he gets a contract, will his mom or other guardian sign the papers? Because we all know he most likely can’t even spell or write his own name.

Tom

July 12th, 2011
2:44 pm

If King wrote (or could read) that, I’m D.H. effin’ Lawrence.

Parent

July 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

It’s so sad — he was such a phenomenal high school player but no doubt his many off the field problems including lack of studying have led to this. Note he doesn’t mention one word about actually learning anything during his 4 years in college. Very sad but all too common

What does it say, Nebraska?

July 12th, 2011
2:50 pm

You mean no Nebraska football player in the last 10 years has ever been pulled over for DUI?

Does the name Lawrence Phillips ring a bell? More serious than DUI.

Chill out in your glass house.

CHDawg

July 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

Good luck, Caleb! UGA has a fantastic history of placing even average tailbacks in the NFL–some have become all pro. Work hard, and don’t give up your dream, and get back and finish that degree some day! If you are “in God’s hands,” then anything is possible! You would have had a fine year here, so let’s see it in the NFL instead. Great statement and attitude in leaving…God Bless from all the Dawg Fans!

Dbalcer

July 12th, 2011
2:53 pm

Well said CHDawg. Good luck Caleb.

scambledog

July 12th, 2011
2:53 pm

Good luck Caleb in what ever you pursue…….
@ nebraska…..You’re an idiot !!

Bobo, Bobo, a pirates life for me...

July 12th, 2011
2:57 pm

@ Nebraska

You’re an idiot. Comments like that are a complete generalization and a far-cry from the truth.

JDawg1785

July 12th, 2011
2:58 pm

I will be the second to echo CHDawg here. Caleb, best of luck in everything the future holds for you.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:00 pm

Nice try……Lawrence Phillips last year year at Nebraska was 1996. You only have to go back to last week find an UGA player in trouble. How long ago was it that Tom Osborne got a DUI with a 20 something passenger? Never…..Try saying that about UGA.

Keep it coming. You UGA fan’s delusional perspective on life, and your program make life fun.

tide roll

July 12th, 2011
3:02 pm

I understood he included ” I just wish Coaches Richt and Bobo had chosen to recruit an SEC caliber offensive line for me to run behind. I was getting friggin killed out there! Thanks a lot.” Sports information must have deleted.

Dawglasville

July 12th, 2011
3:02 pm

Good luck Caleb. Please take the opportunity you have to learn from this. Life is a long, long journey. Get back on track and you will be fine.

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 12th, 2011
3:03 pm

Caleb has about as much chance of getting a degree as Roseanne Barr does of slipping into a “little black dress” or a Budweiser Clydesdale does of winning the Kentucky Derby.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:03 pm

And instead of calling me an idiot for pointing out the troubles with the UGA program, try calling out the UGA program and demand they change their recruiting guidelines. It’s possible to get intelligent, well behaved kids to play at a high level…..Nebraska can.

uga_b

July 12th, 2011
3:04 pm

The University of Georgia also gave him a chance to earn a degree. Even in this prepared statement he doesn’t seem to get it. Missed a good opportunity to address this with NFL teams because it will be their first question.

I support Caleb and wish him nothing but the best. Hope he has good representation to help him improve his messaging.

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:05 pm

C King will never see the field in the NFL …which is an abbreviation for Not For Losers.

Reality

July 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

In King and Richard Samuel we had two 5-star recruits sharing the same backfield with 4-star Ealey. Hard to believe that none of them amounted to anything (Samuel still might at LB-but was a bust a RB and kick returner)

Sheesh I hope Crowell amounts to something but recent history would suggest that his success is far from assured.

(5-star Branden Smith, while showing occasional flashes, hasn’t exactly been a difference maker either)

Stinger2

July 12th, 2011
3:08 pm

Nebraska: Where did you come from? Never mind, just go back there. I am a GT fan but would never come on another school`s blg with comments like yours.

sandiegodawg

July 12th, 2011
3:08 pm

Caleb- Rom. 8:28- know it, live it – Paul Oliver didn’t make the grade and got picked up by the Chargers- Supposed dog fans who try to bash a young kid are sad.

JimDawg

July 12th, 2011
3:08 pm

Nebraska, what is your problem?

I lived in Nebraska, went to school there and have continued to be a Cornhusker fan too. But quite frankly comments such as yours reflect badly on a classy school such as UN.

Go Dawgs and Huskers!

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:10 pm

Wow, we usually get Techies, Bama, Auburn and FL folks bashing us with the occasional Ohio Staters, but Nebraska? I believe this is a first…
Welcome to the party pal !

ugafballmom

July 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

I love you Caleb…..I will miss you at the Dawg Walk

DC

July 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

Tom…same thing I thought when i read that…

uga_b

July 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

Current NFL Players by School

UGA: 47
Nebraska: 38

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

@ Stinger2

I looked and I don’t see anything restricting who gets to express an opinion here.

Face reality. The UGA program has problems. I am pointing out the obvious. As I stated before, the UGA fans and alumni need to pressure the school to clean up their recruiting. This program has a great past. The last decade has been troublesome. Clean it up.

Tobias Funke

July 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

Actually, I was in Jamaica.

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:15 pm

Hey Nebraska – please stop throwing rocks because the next program to have no problems will be the first.

See:

Name: Justin Jackson
Team: University of Nebraska (College Football)
Charges: Driving Under the Influence, Minor In Possession, Negligent Driving
Story:

University of Nebraska defensive tackle Justin Jackson was arrested early Sunday (January 30, 2011) morning in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jackson, 20, was leaving a local bar around 2 a.m. when police witnessed him drive up and over the median. Police pulled Jackson over and could smell alcohol in the car. Jackson was given a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of .120.

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:18 pm

See, we do not have all the issues here in UGA: thank you Google :)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska offensive lineman Andy Christensen was arrested early Saturday, suspected of sexual assault after an overnight incident at a downtown bar.
A 23-year-old Lincoln woman reported that Christensen approached her from behind, reached underneath her clothing and sexually assaulted her about 12:30 a.m., Lincoln police Capt. Joseph Wright said.

Wright said Christensen was arrested outside the Brass Rail bar for first degree sexual assault, resisting arrest and failure to comply. Prosecutors would decide on formal charges and Christensen would be arraigned on Monday, Wright said.

It was unclear whether Christensen, who started eight games for Nebraska as a sophomore in 2006, had a lawyer. A phone call by The Associated Press to the jail where he was being held was not answered.

Wright said it was also unclear whether Christensen had been drinking.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said in a release that the junior has been suspended indefinitely from the team. Pelini says he will reconsider Christensen’s status when more information is available.

“The charges against Andy are serious in nature and these types of actions will not be tolerated,” Pelini said.

Christensen started the first three games at left guard last fall before suffering a season-ending knee injury

Alphare

July 12th, 2011
3:18 pm

Caleb,

you probably learned more while drafting that statement than with your entire 4 years at UGA.

Tobias Funke

July 12th, 2011
3:19 pm

Caleb

Good luck in all that you do. While it is good to be in God’s hands, He cannot do the work for you. Stay positive and put in just a shred of effort. Hard work delivers success in every aspect of life. Again, good luck.

Mtn Dawg

July 12th, 2011
3:21 pm

Good luck, Caleb. You have more to offer than some on this blog; i.e., Nebraska.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

The most important numbers in the NCAA:

http://www.cosida.com/documents/2010/4/19/COSIDA-Who_has_the_most.pdf

Total Academic All-America Selections
1. Nebraska, University of 271
2. Notre Dame, University of 214
3. Penn State University 162
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 161
5. Stanford University 140
6. Augustana College (Ill.) 132
7. Bucknell University 119
8. Texas, University of 118
9. Emory University 114
10. California-Los Angeles, University of (UCLA) 113
11. Illinois Wesleyan University 111
12. Nebraska Wesleyan University 109
13. Florida, University of 108
13. Nebraska Wesleyan University 106
15. Georgia, University of 102
16. Oklahoma, University of 100
16. Michigan, University of 100
16. Michigan State University 100
19. Tennessee, University of 97
20. Purdue University 96
21. Wisconsin, University of 95
21. Minnesota, University of 95
23. Pittsburg State University 92
24. Northwestern University 89
24. University of Illinois 89
24. North Dakota State University 89

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

Football
1. Nebraska, University of 98
2. Penn State University 57
3. Notre Dame, University of 54
4. Dayton, University of 49
4. Ohio State University, The 49
6. Oklahoma, University of 47
7. Stanford University 40
8. Carnegie Mellon University 38
9. U.S. Air Force Academy 35
9. Texas, University of 35
9. Michigan, University of 35
12. Nebraska Wesleyan University 33
13. Southern California, University of 32
13. Pittsburg State University 32
15. Michigan State University 31
15. Northwestern University 31

jay

July 12th, 2011
3:22 pm

He wasn’t committed to the program. Dawgs would miss an average running back who played with
passion. Won’t miss a guy who didn’t care about giving it his all.

PTC DAWG

July 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

Good luck to the kid.

Reality

July 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

I didn’t know Nebraska still had a program. Awesome, thanks for sharing

NewnanDawg

July 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

I used to post quite a few comments on these blogs, and usually tried to maintain some reasonable perspective since so many don’t. I have been reading less and less comments and rarely posting in the recent past. I am now dealing with a talented athlete in the family and imagining what I will want to say or do to these posters when the comments are about him; you cannot possibly know the pressure these kids are under or what their personal circumstances are unless you are there. So, good luck to Caleb; I hope he can achieve what he dreams of. Also, to the reasonable blog posters out there, please keep it up. Some of the kids do see this stuff and they need to know not everyone hates them, wants to tear them down, or is just plain crazy. I’m out for the next several years so I don’t get too ticked off to see straight…

Go Dawgs!

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 12th, 2011
3:24 pm

@ Dawg_Mike

Keep searching if it makes you feel better. I know who has the superior program. So do a lot around here.

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

SI ranked the sports programs with the most number of players found to have police records:

1. Pittsburgh, 22 players charged
2. Iowa, 18
2. Arkansas, 18
4. Boise State, 16
4. Penn State, 16
6. Virginia Tech, 13
7. Wisconsin, 9
7. Oklahoma, 9
10. Miami, 8
11. Ohio State, 2
11. Florida, 7
11. Oregon, 7
11. USC, 7
15. Alabama, 5
15. North Carolina, 5
15. Cincinnati, 5
15. Utah, 5
19. Nebraska, 4
19. Georgia Tech, 4
19. Oregon State, 4
22. LSU, 3
23. Texas, 2
24. Stanford, 1
25. TCU, 0

Dawg_Mike

July 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

@ Nebraska
Go ahead- keep propping your school up as superior if it makes YOU feel better.
My point is the EVERY schools has problems. for you to come on here and make yours out to be lily white is moronic.
Get the point?

Dooley

July 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

Ha…..Emory has more academic All Americans than UGA. Weird

Spud Webb

July 12th, 2011
3:33 pm

total disappointment…hope you can get it together.

Outside Observer

July 12th, 2011
3:33 pm

Dawg_Mike, I would have to disagree with your criminal records number. I find it incredibly hard to believe that only 24 schools in division 1 football have players with criminal records, and UGA is not one of them. Considering UGA won the Fulmer Cup not too long ago, and apparently there are zero UGA players with criminal records, the list is either incorrect or vastly outdated.

UGA2011

July 12th, 2011
3:34 pm

Hey Big Ten, JUST LIKE UR TEAMS DIVISION RIGHT?? A JOKE!!! Try to stay out of the way of REAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL….And i believe Hines Ward was MVP of the Super Bowl so, NUFF SAID….

Outside Observer

July 12th, 2011
3:34 pm

Note, I’m not picking sides on your argument with Nebraska, I just find those numbers incredibly hard to believe.

gadawg1979

July 12th, 2011
3:35 pm

caleb and washaun don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya..so long..now maybe we can get some real running backs

CovingtonDawg

July 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

“Hi I’m a UGA hater and I don’t have anything better to do at 3:35 in the afternoon than get on the ajc blog and write insults about georgia football”
Will be glad when football season gets here so we can actually talk about the games. Maybe that’ll shut up the trolls.

Dnice

July 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

Why is he telling us about Big Ten Championships? Stay off the UGA blog and worry about your pathetic little conference because this is where the Big Dawgs bark. Lets go UGA and show that even though we lost NFL talent in Ealey (the kid is talented) and a decent back in Caleb, that we can still compete. The good programs dont have dropoffs they just reload like we should be able to with Top10 classes year after year.