A mugshot of UGA running back Caleb King
UGA running back Caleb King
ATHENS, Ga. - The arrests keep on coming for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Running back Caleb King became the school's 11th football player to be arrested this year. He was picked up in Athens for failing to appear at a court date in nearby Walton County to address a speeding ticket, school spokesman Claude Felton said Monday.
Felton added that coach Mark Richt was aware of the situation, gathering information and may have an update later in the day on King's status for this week's game against Vanderbilt.
The junior made his second start of the season last Saturday against Tennessee. He led the team with 58 yards rushing in a 41-14 victory that snapped Georgia's four-game losing streak.
For the season, King ranks second on the team behind co-starter Washaun Ealey with 228 yards and one touchdown. Ealey has already been arrested this season, charged after he struck a vehicle in a school parking deck while driving his roommate's car on a suspended license.
Ealey served a one-game suspension.
This is the second brush with the law for King, who cited his freshman year for riding on a scooter with a suspended license. He was unaware that he needed one to zip around campus on the two-wheelers that are easier to navigate in traffic and much more nimble for finding a place to park on the crowded campus.
Richt has generally suspended players for first offenses but other players have been kicked off the team.
The most recent arrest involved freshman Demetre Baker, who was dismissed from the team three weeks ago following a drunken driving charge.
Richt was asked if players had been warned that no more arrests would be tolerated.
"Well, I'll just say that Demetre was fully aware of the possible consequences that resulted from this type of decision," Richt said.
The coach said he hoped the entire team got his point after Baker was kicked off the roster.
"Well, I think all of our guys understand that they need to behave, I'll put it that way," Richt said.
Now, another arrest.