Ealey Receives Unconditional Release

ATHENS - Junior tailback Washaun Ealey has been granted an unconditional release to transfer, UGA announced Monday afternoon.

Ealey was suspended from all team activities prior to spring practice for violating team rules.

Once reinstated, Ealey suffered a strained hamstring and missed almost every practice.

In the wake of all the offseason turmoil, Georgia and Ealey have decided to part ways.

"Washaun and I have had several conversations in recent weeks," said coach Mark Richt. "We both have come to the conclusion that a transfer to another institution would be in his best interest."

A rising junior from Stillmore, Ga., Ealey has played in 21 games including nine starts during his two-year career at UGA and rushed for 1,528 yards (717 in 2009 and 811 in 2010).

Ealey's career has been a scattered story of drastic highs and subsequent lows.

He was suspended for one game in 2010 after a misdemeanor hit-and-run violation. He also had two costly fumbles, one against South Carolina and another at Mississippi State.

Later in the season, Ealey tied a team record with five rushing touchdowns against Kentucky.

With still two seasons of eligibility left, Ealey now will play elsewhere.

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