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Caleb King Doesn't Live Here Anymore: A Tragicomedy In Several Acts

While much of the attention toward Georgia's offense will be focused on blue-chip running back recruit Isaiah Crowell this season, it's important to step back and take a look at just how deep the Bulldog backfield will be. For one thing, Crowell will have time to grow into the position behind last year's leading running back, Washaun Ealey. Ealey rushed for 811 yards last year at a rate of 5.2 yards per . . .

[Ealey gets an unconditional release after a pair of disciplinary suspensions]

Well, OK, that's a bit of a blow, but let's face it, Ealey had attitude issues and a clean break is probably best for both parties. Anyway, Crowell will still get to learn from last year's number-two rusher, Caleb King, who battled injury in 2010 but still managed to average 5.4 yards per carry and . . .

[King is ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season]

Huh. Wow. OK, but still not the end of the world. Crowell won't have to carry the load all by himself because we've also got Ken Malcome, a redshirt freshman who's already being touted as one of this season's potential sleepers in the SEC. At 6'0", 212 pounds, he's got the same straight-ahead power as King but perhaps even more speed --

[Malcome is hobbled by a groin injury throughout spring practice]

Well . . . we've still got Carlton Thomas, right? I mean, he may not be built like your typical bruising SEC running back, but he can definitely hit that extra gear when he gets outside, and he's tough to --

[Thomas is suspended indefinitely while the NCAA investigates whether the guy who lent him 75 cents for the vending machine fits the definition of a "booster"]

Dang. Brandon Harton? The walk-on?

[Harton breaks an ankle during the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and is slated to miss the first eight weeks of the season]

Criminy. Well, there's still hope, because opposing defenses won't be able to just key in on Crowell as long as Aaron Murray is on the --

[Murray is eaten by wolves]

You know what? I give up. I f&%$ing give up. Isaiah, good luck, buddy.

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