08:18 AM ET 05.10 | Georgia is about to find out if a program can take steps forward after losing its leading rusher. The Bulldogs granted Washaun Ealey -- their starting tailback and an 800-yard rusher last season -- his unconditional release on Monday. The announcement was made in a vague, three-paragraph news release distributed by the UGA Sports Communication office Monday night. It was characterized as a mutual decision. "Washaun and I have had several conversations in recent weeks," head coach Mark Richt said in the release. "We both have come to the conclusion that a transfer to another institution would be in his best interest." Georgia officials confirmed that Ealey is academically eligible to play next season. Ealey could not be reached for comment so his next destination is unknown.