Georgia redshirt junior tailback Carlton Thomas will be suspended for at least the Bulldogs' first game this season, according to a report Monday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Citing anonymous sources, the AJC is reporting that Thomas violated team rules during the spring and has to sit out 10 percent of UGA's games this season per policy of the UGA Athletics Association.
UGA coach Mark Richt has not confirmed Thomas' suspension.
This would make the Bulldogs even more thin at a position where they've already lost 2010 leading rushers Washaun Ealey (transfer) and Caleb King (academic ineligiblity) this offseason. As a result, Thomas' 272 yards last season makes him Georgia's leading returning rusher in 2011.
True freshman Isaiah Crowell and redshirt freshman Ken Malcome are expected to compete for the starting tailback role along with junior Richard Samuel, who moved back to tailback from linebacker last week.
"I'm pretty much the back with the most experience, most game-time experience, most knowledge at the position," Thomas said last week. "I take it as a challenge to lead the group, so that's what I try to do every day. I come out and try to be positive, try to keep the guys motivated and basically give them someone to try to push them."