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Ealey lands at Jacksonville State

Jacksonville, AL (Sports Network) - Jacksonville State football coach Jack Crowe coached previously in the SEC at Auburn and Arkansas.

So he knows where to turn to bolster his roster at JSU.

Washaun Ealey, who led the University of Georgia in rushing in each of the past two seasons, has transferred to Jacksonville State. Also, former Ole Miss linebacker Clarence Jackson transferred to the Gamecocks' program and joined Ealey in enrolling in classes on Thursday.

Both players were dismissed from their previous programs, but will be eligible to play for the Gamecocks this season because they transferred from the FBS level to the FCS. Ealey has two years of eligibility remaining and Jackson has three years.

"Both of these players are experienced SEC players," Crowe said. "We expect both of them to come in and make an immediate impact on our team."

Ealey rushed for 1,528 yards and 14 touchdowns in his two seasons at Georgia, including 811 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games as a sophomore last season. It included 157 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in the Bulldogs' win over Kentucky.

Jackson played in four games as a sophomore last season.

JSU, which finished 9-3 and ranked 12th in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 last season, will open the 2011 campaign on Sept. 1 against fellow Ohio Valley Conference member UT Martin.

06/03 10:38:06 ET

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