ATHENS, Ga. -- Washaun Ealey’s rocky football career at Georgia has hit another bump, but it his time on the team isn’t over just yet.
Ealey, who was Georgia’s leading rusher last season, has been suspended from team activities after he reportedly missed an offseason activity.
But head coach Mark Richt said in a statement that Ealey can return to the team, eventually and on conditions.
“We have certain expectations and standards that apply to all our student-athletes,” Richt said. “We expect them to do things the right way, the Georgia way. If Washaun does things the Georgia way, he’ll be back in good standing.”
Ealey, when reached by phone earlier Tuesday, declined to say why he was suspended. A source confirmed an ESPN.com report that Ealey missed a punishment run. But Brandon Wood, a senior defensive end whose playing career is over, claimed on Twitter later in the day that Ealey was only late for the run, “and still finished on time.”
“I couldn’t really tell you right now,” Ealey said when asked what brought on the suspension. He also didn’t know the duration of the suspension.
As for his future at Georgia, Ealey was non-committal. He answered “of course” when asked if he wanted to stay on the team, and said he was still attending classes today.
“I’m looking at my options and see what happens,” Ealey said.
Ealey and fellow tailback Caleb King each had several issues during the 2010 season. Ealey was suspended for the season opener after a traffic incident led to three misdemeanor charges.
He still finished the season with 811 rushing yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns. He set a school record at Kentucky with five rushing touchdowns.
But Georgia’s running game, which ranked 10th in the SEC, still faltered. So the team recruited and signed star tailback Isaiah Crowell of Carver.
Last week, Richt said he wouldn’t be surprised if Crowell was the starter for the season opener against Boise State.