- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ATHENS, GA. (AP) - Coach Mark Richt said Tuesday his two-game suspension of tailback Caleb King will make it more difficult for Georgia to build off last week’s win over Tennessee.

King is Georgia’s 11th player to be arrested this year.

Richt announced King’s suspension on Tuesday following King’s arrest on Monday for failure to appear at a court date for a speeding ticket in nearby Walton County.

King, the team’s second-leading rusher, will miss Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt and the game against Kentucky on Oct. 23.

Georgia ended a four-game losing streak with it’s 41-14 win over Tennessee last week.

Richt said King’s arrest could hurt efforts to build on the win.

“It’s hard to have great continuity week-by-week if a young man has done something to keep himself from being on the field,” Richt said. “Again, it’s our job also to deal with those things, but also not take away from the preparation and not take away from the focus of the team. It’s something I’d prefer not to have to manage, but we’ve been managing it.

“This week, I don’t think there is any doubt our guys will be focusing on Vanderbilt.”

Richt said as players continue to find trouble, his standards have become tougher.

“Oh yeah. No doubt, but they knew that,” Richt said.

Washaun Ealey, who leads Georgia with 246 yards rushing, is expected to start at tailback. Carlton Thomas is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Ealey was arrested in late August and was suspended for the opening game after he struck a vehicle in a school parking deck while driving his roommate’s car on a suspended license.

After Ealey’s arrest, Richt said his staff checks with players “to make sure their licenses are up to date and if they’re not, making them aware of that.”

On Tuesday, Richt said he is increasing efforts to monitor the players’ licenses.

“You can check the licenses to see if they are in good standing on a periodic basis,” Richt said. “Monthly we’ve been doing that, but now we’re are going to do it weekly and maybe we can catch something at the last moment. We don’t want it to get to that point.

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