The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- Running back Caleb King and two other Georgia players will not play in Friday's Liberty Bowl because of academic issues.

King violated school policy by missing his fifth academic-related meeting. He is the Bulldogs' second-leading rusher with 430 yards on 80 carries, but has had trouble staying on the field. He already missed two games with a high ankle sprain and two others for failing to appear in court to deal with a speeding ticket.

Georgia also will be without backup cornerback Derek Owens and reserve offensive tackle A.J. Harmon, who are ineligible to participate under NCAA academic rules.

Head coach Mark Richt made the announcement Sunday after the Bulldogs (6-6) arrived in Memphis, Tenn., for the game against Central Florida.