The former starting running back is ok to play according to NCAA rules, but he missed too many academic meetings according to Georgia head coach Mark RIcht.
The game will be the fifth of the season King has missed. He sat out the South Carolina and Arkansas games with a sprained ankle and missed Georgia’s games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky while serving a two-game suspension for being arrested for not paying a speeding ticket earlier in the year.
It is expected that Georgia will start sophomore Washuan Ealey at running back, but they will be without starting fullback Shaun Chapas, who had ankle surgery, which ended his 2010 season earlier this month.
King, who started the last three games for the Bulldogs at tailback, will end 2010 with 430 yards on 80 carries and two touchdowns. He led the Bulldogs with a 5.38-yards-per-carry average. King has played at Georgia three years and tallied a career total of 1,271 yards on 255 carries and ten touchdowns.
But King isn't the only Georgia player to miss the Liberty Bowl. Both A.J. Harmon and Derek Owens will also miss the bowl game, but that duo failed to complete six credit hours (which is usually two classes) in the semester prior to the bowl game in order to play in a bowl.
Richt said today that all three players would be eligible to participate in the team's spring practices.
Also, Georgia's charter flight was delayed from Athens to Memphis, which led to the team to arrive later than anticipated today.