Although some have suggested that Caleb King's recent two-game suspension for missing a court date to pay a traffic fine was a little excessive, the Georgia running back said Monday he wasn't a bit surprised.
"It was just bad timing, getting in trouble with everything else that has happened around here, plus we weren't having the season we were expecting to have," said King after practice Monday afternoon. "I wasn't mad at the decision."
It was the first comments from the junior since thes suspension that kept him out of Georgia's wins over Vanderbilt and Kentucky. In his first game back he responded Saturday by rushing 12 times for a team-high 64 yards in Saturday's 34-31 overtime loss to Florida.
"It was very hard (missing the two games). The first game I was there on the sidelines watching and that was probably the hardest thing I've had to do," King said. "It was sad to see my team fight and I couldn't fight with them."
As for his arrest for failing to appear in a Walton County court to answer a traffic ticket that was issued over the summer, King said the entire situation was just one big misunderstanding.
Although King wouldn't provide details, he thought the fine for the ticket had already been paid and that's why he did not show up in court.
"It was just a miscommunication, but I had to get in trouble for it," King said. "I thought it (the ticket) was taken care of."
Charles felt seniors' pain
If losing to Florida wasn't bad enough, tight end Orson Charles said it got a lot worse in the lockerroom after the game when he saw Georgia's seniors break down after the overtime defeat.
"All of them were crying in the lockerroom and knowing how I have a few more years, it just touched me," said Charles. "Then seeing Aaron (Murray) cry, is something I did not want to go through again."
Charles last saw Murray cry during their senior year at Plant High when the quarterback broke his ankle midway through their final season.
Of course, seeing the Bulldogs fall to the Gators 34-31 in OT wasn't much fun, either.
"I feel like it was one of the hardest things I've ever been through because we had just started to click," Charles said. "It just took too long to take us out of that hole, but once we did we started to click and after we tied it up we thought we were going to win it. This was going to be my first beating Florida, then that last kick took the wind out of us."
Dawgs get back to work
Georgia returned to the practice field Monday trying to shake off the disappointment against the Gators while at the same time begin preparations for Idaho State (1-7).
"We have no choice but to move forward," said Charles.
Head coach Mark Richt said everything will be business as usual.
"Today, we just got back to work," Richt said. "That's all we can do right now. We did our weights and our running and we watched film of the Florida game to make our corrections. We're moving forward, and we'll go from there. The guys are used to the physicality of the practices, so we'll stay with that. Tuesday, we'll put on the pads and get after it."
Richt said the captains for this week's game will be Ben Jones, Demarcus Dobbs, Darryl Gamble and Drew Butler.
Dawgs say they're focused on Bengals
Dobbs will be the first to admit he doesn't know much about Idaho State, or the state of Idaho for that matter.
But he does know what the school mascot is.
"They're the Bengals, right?" said Dobbs. "I know that much."
But so far that's about all.
When asked the closest he's been to Idaho, King laughed. "Probably Georgia," he said.
Actually, that's not true. King played at both Oklahoma State and Colorado.
But although their knowledge of their upcoming opponent may not quite be on the ball, cornerback Brandon Boykin said it won't be hard to get ready to play in Saturday's 12:30 game at Sanford Stadium.
"I don't look at it that way at all," Boykin said. "I think we're probably more focused because nobody wants to be embarrassed by a team from I-AA. We're going to prepare for them the same way we do for Florida or any other of our games."
Boykin was reminded that earlier this year James Madison beat Virginia Tech and several years ago Appalachian State toppled mighty Michigan.
"Exactly, you'd hate to be that team, you really don't," Boykin said. "That would not be good."
This and that: Next week's game at Auburn will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised by CBS.
After Saturday's loss, Georgia ranks third in the conference in rushing defense (113.9) behind South Carolina (100.1) and Alabama (113.4). Georgia now ranks fourth in total defense (322.7 yards per game) and fell to sixth in scoring defense (20.8 points per game).
Justin Houston still leads the SEC with nine sacks while Dent remains second in total tackles with 90 behind Kentucky's Danny Trevathan who tops the conference with 97.
Aaron Murray's 2,079 yards passing ranks third in the conference behind Arkansas Ryan Mallett (2,449) and Kentucky's Mike Hartline (2,402).
Idaho State counts Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and former Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Merril Hoge as two of its more famous NFL alums.
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