King Still Has Ties to UGA

ATHENS - Ironically, Caleb King worked out in front of professional scouts Monday morning as students were heading to classes on the first day of fall semester.

King, who entered Wednesday's NFL supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible this summer, ran through drills in front of seven scouts and a handful of supporters.

"I feel like I did good," he said. "I feel like I came out here and performed great. Hopefully, I met (the scouts) approval. They just want to see if I can go out of the backfield to catch the ball. I feel like I did that pretty well."

King ran a 4.49 in the 40, and caught passes from former Tennessee Volunteer C.J. Leak.

"The NFL scouts pretty much know what you can do before they even actually see you" King said. "They watch a lot of film. What all the scouts were saying to me was that I wasn't scared to put my head in there. They loved my blocking. I know how to get a tough hard and my blocking—that's how you can stay in the league, if you clock well. "

King's departure from Georgia came at an odd time—after the first summer session and with only a handful of classes left to obtain his degree.

"I didn't think I was going to go in the NFL in this kind of way," King, who finished his career with 1,273 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, said. "It's bittersweet. I wish everybody luck at UGA, but life goes on. I'm going to try my luck in the NFL and see where I go from there."

Despite the early exit from the program, coach Mark Richt has supported King and helped make the Pro Day event possible.

"It means a lot because I'm sure people in my position, they leave the university and they really don't have any ties with the university," King said. "I don't feel like Georgia treated me like that. So I'm always going to be a Georgia Bulldog. I'm always going to come back because I love this place."

Now King must wait. Several teams have been in constant contact, he said, but he won't know until Wednesday if he'll be picked or not. One alternative could be the Canadian Football League. A representative of the Toronto Argonauts was on hand Monday. The Argonauts were one of the first professional franchises to reach out to King this summer, a source close to King said.

"I've got a long two days with a lot of thinking," King said. "Wednesday is going to be the worst."

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