ATHENS — Caleb King was asked if his team, after playing nine straight weeks, could use a bye week soon. The Georgia tailback had a light-hearted response.
“I had a lot of bye weeks,” King said with a grin.
King came off a two-game suspension for last Saturday’s Florida game and finished as the team’s leading rusher.
The junior was arrested last month on a charge of failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket. Speaking to the media for the first time since then, King said he thought someone else, whom he declined to name, had paid the ticket.
“It was pretty much miscommunication,” King said. “And unfortunately I had to get in trouble for it.”
Still, King said he understood why head coach Mark Richt came down with a two-game suspension. The Bulldogs have had 11 players arrested this year, including four since late August.
“It was bad timing,” King said. “Getting in trouble, getting in the newspaper for everything that’s been happening. And then, not having the year we wanted to have wasn’t helping. I wasn’t mad at the decision.”
CBS picks up Georgia-Auburn
Georgia’s game at Auburn on Nov. 13 is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff after it was picked up by CBS on Monday.
The network opted to take the game instead of South Carolina-Florida, which should determine the SEC East championship.
Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity pointed out that it would allow CBS to promote its next two SEC games: The Alabama-Auburn game and the SEC championship.
“I think the way we played against Florida, probably made them feel a lot better about us.”
Did Grantham choke up?
A screen shot of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham grabbing at his neck was making the round of blogs on Monday. It appears to show Grantham making a choking signal toward the field as Florida’s Chas Henry was about to attempt a game-winning field goal.
Henry made the 37-yarder to clinch the overtime win for Florida.
Grantham and Richt are not available on Mondays.
According to the Associated Press, Florida head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback John Brantley said they heard about it, but neither saw it from across the field.