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Outback Bowl 2011: No Academic Casualties For Georgia This Year

In yet another sign that the Georgia football program is putting the 2010 season behind them, the Bulldogs arrived to Tampa Bay to practice for the Outback Bowl without any academically ineligible players.

Before last year's Liberty Bowl, three Bulldogs, including RB Caleb King, were ruled out because of academic problems.

Georgia went on to lose the game 10-6 to Central Florida and finish the year 6-7, giving Mark Richt his first below-.500 season in 11 seasons in Athens:

"It gets rid of a lot of distractions," quarterback Aaron Murray said. "We had a couple last season, and we don’t have to worry about that now. We just have to worry about practicing, getting ready for the bowl game."

With their team at full strength, a win over Michigan State on Jan. 2 would give the Bulldogs 11 wins and put them in position for a top 10 ranking in next season's preseason polls.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.