Caleb King will still get a chance to try to live his NFL dream even after his Monday didn’t go exactly as he wanted.
Former Georgia running back Caleb King (4) agreed to a free-agent deal with the Vikings on Monday.
The former Georgia running back was not selected in the NFL supplemental draft, but later agreed to a free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agent Kevin Conner.
He said that King had "multiple offers" as a free agent and took his time before making the decision.
King entered the draft after being declared academically ineligible in July before his senior season.
He held a workout for pro teams last week at Georgia’s practice fields, but was one of five players in the draft that were not picked.
"It’s not disappointing when you get an opportunity to play at the highest level," said Conner who mentioned former Tennessee tailback Arian Foster and former Oregon tailback LaGarrette Blount as examples of players who had success recently after going undrafted
Conner said King was looking for the best opportunity "to maximize his potential" and "to make an active roster." He was to leave for Minnesota Monday night.
The Vikings said they couldn’t confirm until a player has signed. ESPN 1500 Twin Cities said King must pass a physical today before the deal is finalized.
The draft was conducted electronically from NFL headquarters in New York. Conner said he was with King when the seven rounds came and went without King getting taken.
The Oakland Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round. They will forfeit their third-round pick in next year’s draft.
King rushed for 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons at Georgia. He was suspended for two games last season and missed the Liberty Bowl after missing his fifth academic appointment. King started five games in 2009 and five in 2010.
Brown latest receiver on injury list
Some of Georgia’s top receivers were sidelined during Monday’s full-pad practice.
Junior Marlon Brown, in line to start at split end, "tweaked" an ankle near the end of Saturday’s practice, but coach Mark Richt said head trainer Ron Courson did not believe the injury was serious.
Freshman receiver Malcolm Mitchell remains out with a pulled muscle, Richt said.
"I know any day he’ll be back, so I’m not too concerned about it," Richt said.
Meanwhile, junior tailback Richard Samuel (quadriceps) again worked in a non-contact jersey.
"He did a little bit of run polish," Richt said. "I don’t know if he had got to any kind of scout work. He’s just not ready yet."
Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell practiced in a regular jersey coming off his groin injury.
Georgia has started scout-team work in preparation for opening opponent Boise State.
That’s often a signal whether a freshman could be headed for a redshirt season or is likely to play.
Cornerback Nick Marshall is on the scout team, but said he thinks that’s because he missed several practices last week with a concussion.
"I’m over there trying to work my way back to the varsity," he said.
Cornerback Chris Sanders said he’s getting work on the second team in the nickel package and is working on several special team units, including the kickoff-return team.
"They haven’t put me on scout team." Sanders said. "I’m happy where I’m at right now, not knocking anybody else down. I’m happy to be with the older guys and learn and be able to see the field. … It’s kind of fun to try and work my way up."
Richt said if a player is on the scout team now it doesn’t mean for sure he won’t play.
"It’s happened many times where a guy for a lot of reasons has put himself in position to play," Richt said. "It’s not a guarantee he won’t play, but sometimes it’s hard for them to understand that."
Hoops still in Marshall plan
Marshall, a two-sport star at Wilcox County, said he still is planning to join Mark Fox’s basketball team this winter, but isn’t sure exactly when.
"We haven’t got a formula or a date or anything yet, but we want him to make sure he’s taking care of his business academically," Richt said. "That’s the big thing."
Marshall practiced for the first time in a full-speed practice Monday since his concussion.
"I just liked his energy, I liked how hard he practiced," Richt said. "I told him, ‘You keep practicing like that every day and everything’s going to work out.’ We just want him to continue to do that and we’ll see where it goes."
This and that
Linebackers Ray Drew and Amarlo Herrera, both returning from shoulder injuries, practiced in non-contact jerseys. Second-team nose guard John Jenkins (hamstring) did not practice, but Richt is hoping he’ll return in time to play in the opener. … Richt said certain players are fighting through the monotony of preseason practices, but others are not. "Some guys have done a better job of being mature enough to fight through being tired, being sore, being bored, whatever the heck it is, to get better," he said. "I’d say there’s a few guys that still need to learn that." … Richt in recent seasons has taken his team for some diving and swimming at the Ramsey Center during camp to change things up, but that’s not in the plans. "I doubt we go to the Ramsey," said Richt, who said the team is on track to get in 29 practices for what might be the first time since he’s been at Georgia.