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Three Dogs out of Liberty Bowl for academics

Caleb King will miss his fifth game of the season.

Three Georgia players -- junior tailback Caleb King, sophomore offensive tackle A.J. Harmon and freshman defensive back Derek Owens – did not make the trip to Memphis and will not participate in the Liberty Bowl because of academic reasons, UGA has confirmed.

King’s absence will be the most prominent of the three. He rushed for 430 yards on 80 carries this season, but will wind up missing five games in 2010, either because of injury or suspension. As a result, Washaun Ealey is expected to start at tailback against Central Florida.

Harmon and Owens are reserve players, though Owens was a contributor on several special teams units throughout the season, playing in all 12 games. Harmon played in four games for the Bulldogs this season.

Harmon and Owens are ineligible for not meeting NCAA academic standards, according to UGA, while King missed a fifth academic-related appointment, thus running afoul of the university’s own class attendance policy.

Despite travel delays throughout the Southeast, Georgia’s team managed to arrive in Memphis on Sunday and will hold its first on-site bowl practice Monday morning.

The Bulldogs pushed meetings back until late Sunday night to accomodate late-arriving players. UGA coach Mark Richt estimated that "95 percent" of expected players were in Memphis by late Sunday afternoon.

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