Caleb King ‘pushing himself’

The Red & Black’s Tyler Estep checks in with Richard Samuel on the off-season state of the Dogs’ tailbacks, where Caleb King is penciled in at No. 1 but didn’t finish up the spring with a very firm grip on the starting job. Samuel’s still awfully young but showed flashes of potential last season. Then there are Carlton Thomas, the surprise star of the spring, and Dontavius Jackson, also coming back from injury. And if he doesn’t get redshirted, true freshman Washaun Ealey is likely to get into the mix, too.  

Samuel, who estimates he’s “not quite” 100 percent recovered from wrist surgery in January but expects to be fine when camp opens in August, says the tailbacks themselves aren’t really paying attention to the focus fans are putting on the competition at that position.

“We don’t even really talk about it,” he says. “We just go out there and all help each other out, and if we see a person messing up we’re going to try to help the other person. So we don’t really see it as competition. We know it’s a competition in the back of our heads, but we just do the best that we can every day.”

Samuel tells the R&B he’s seen that King is “pushing himself. He has that drive to be better. He’s working hard in that weight room, working hard in that film room. Just the drive and determination that he has is stronger.”

Mark Richt is already on record saying King has “become an outstanding pass protector” (contrary to last season) and understands Georgia’s system better now. If he’s found the drive and determination that seemed to be missing in the spring — the spark to bust a tackle or go for the extra yard — that can only be good news for the Dogs.

192 comments Add your comment

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
10:36 am

Someone just step up!

BruffDawg

June 25th, 2009
10:45 am

I worry about king’s toughness. He does not seem to ever make it past first contact. Pass blocking is nice and everything, but you still gotta tote the rock every now and then. Because of his high level recruiting status he will get a chance early on, but if he struggles he will find his way to the sideline yet again.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
10:54 am

Or back to running back by committee, it works so well with Congress.

Saint Simons

June 25th, 2009
11:01 am

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Saint_Simons_Blows

June 25th, 2009
11:07 am

Dude, come up with something else. You look like a stalker

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:08 am

Saint Simons
when is last time you had an original thought. Maybe it when you decided that the best fit for you a campus in close proximity to Atlanta’s gay community.

Stephen

June 25th, 2009
11:09 am

I think we will really see who wants it once game day comes…it seems to be a wide open race but the one who deserves the shot will get it and the Dawgs will be fine. They always are at TB.

Saint Simons i find it funny that tech fans are bringin that game up still…just look back at the past 7 years. I guess this is all you have to do though since nobody cares to write about Tech. Nobody in the country cares about Tech. They have all forgotten about that win.

WTF???

June 25th, 2009
11:10 am

Perhaps he can push himself to at least attempt to run a defender over, instead of spinning or stepping out of bounds. This ain’t highschool Caleb…. Lower your pads & hit some-damn-body….

Josh

June 25th, 2009
11:10 am

Saint Simons wets the bed.

dobearsbare

June 25th, 2009
11:10 am

Halley’s Comet hahahahahahahahaha

John

June 25th, 2009
11:12 am

You know I don’t think I’ve ever opened the GT blog once. Your team gets one win finally and it’s like you won a NC game or something. How about the past 7-8 years that we kicked the crap out of ya’ll huh? Why don’t you get a life and stop trolling the UGA blogs with your bull**** Lame A**

Josh

June 25th, 2009
11:14 am

Saint Simons got his first pimple!!!!

Josh

June 25th, 2009
11:15 am

Saint Simons got his first pimple!!!

Josh

June 25th, 2009
11:16 am

Oh, there’s another!!

Yellow_Jerkit

June 25th, 2009
11:16 am

I still think Bill King is Saint Simons —as an blog interest generator!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

true fan

June 25th, 2009
11:19 am

Here’s a new one for yall, Have Faith in our team. If you call yourself a true bulldog fan, have faith that our players will put last year and all the bad things that happened behind them and are trying to get better. Just because Caleb had one bad year doesn’t make him a bust. I’ve seen what he can do, he’s still a good player.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:20 am

These techies,including pajamas,are so pathetic that they stake their entire life on a regular saeson game. We want to beat Florida but our goals are to win the SEC. This is isn’t on the geeks radar because it hasn’t been done in 19 years. So enjoy your 1 victory every 8 years and we’ll continue to see yall as the final scrimmage before our Conference Championship game. We’ve been relevant in the last 20 years HA!HA!HA!HA!

WTF???

June 25th, 2009
11:24 am

I think they should do a 20/20 special on immaturity of Tech fans.

Investigate their childhoods & pitiful lifes to see if there is a way for them to join a 12 step program similar to Alcoholics.

That’s it, Bitches Anonymous…

Co-Founders – Saint Simons & Ramblin Rick (perhaps the same person?)….

WTF???

June 25th, 2009
11:25 am

oops, lives…

Bill, please have spellcheck installed onto blogs.

Thank you

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:28 am

As far as CK:I think that he is on the verge of having a monster year. Last year was sort of like what Shockley went through his first 3 years behind Greene. I think Caleb was trying too hard to do something exciting to make a huge splash with limited snaps. Playing running back is closer to running a marathon than a 200m sprint. If your given enough carries those 3-5 yard carriers become 15-20 yard explosions in the 4th quarter. Also hopefully he won’t tap himself out in the redzone or be bizarely removed from the game by Coach BooBoo.

billy

June 25th, 2009
11:29 am

As a person that has known and coached Caleb since he was 6 years old you don’t have to question his toughest he is plenty tough enough. He is not a fullback he is in mold of a Barry sanders in the open field he going make the guy miss, but he will always stick it up the middle also run hard and bring the hammer will he needs to. If you Ga fans don’t want him as a Tech fan I would love to have him.
GOOD LUCK CALEB,RENNIE, AND CHRISTIAN ALWAYS ROOT FOR YOU TWO JUST NOT YOUR TEAM.

Corrine Brown (D) FL

June 25th, 2009
11:31 am

Robert

June 25th, 2009
11:31 am

Its gonna be real interesting to see who steps up. Tough call on Washaun getting redshirted. We have so many backs already, is it necessary to throw him in there? Is he that good?
Can’t wait for football season.

RxDawg

June 25th, 2009
11:31 am

Agreed WTF, but spellcheck wouldn’t have caught that one.
I hope Caleb King wins the Heisman next year.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
11:36 am

billy, my family told me what he did at Parkview. I have a gut feeling that he will have a breakout season this year. Either that or it is the Pizza I ate last night. Less anchovies next time.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:38 am

ALERT:
Wes Durham has resigned as the Play-by-Play voice of Georgia Tech and Atlanta Falcons to accept the position as the body double for the French’s mustard jar.
When reached for comment: Coach Pajamas said “Will someone please pay attention to ME!Did mention that I am having ring made to celebrate the bowel movement i had this morning? Oh yeah, I’m a genius of peewee football offenses”

Me

June 25th, 2009
11:39 am

UF license plates and gators in the ‘Hooch….What is this world coming to? Oh the horror!!!!!
Will this never end? All I’m saying is that we are being invaded….don’t you see it? It is all part of a huge plot……

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
11:42 am

I went on the Tech fan blog to see why all the Techies are on ours. Their fan blog has been cancelled for lack of interest. It promises to come back this Fall with a free coke and a slice of pizza.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:42 am

PERCY HARVEY don’t take no jive! corch meyers says go gatah!

GT-Jake

June 25th, 2009
11:42 am

Caleb can’t even stand in Jonathan Dweyer’s shadow.

mark

June 25th, 2009
11:43 am

King has been living off his junior year at Parkview for the last 3 years. Its time for hime to step up or prove he was over-hyped from the beginning.

Ramblinwreck1378

June 25th, 2009
11:43 am

Actually coachdawg, we shared an ACC title in 1998, the year FSU won the National championship. Also, I know I’m a Georgia Tech fan, but y’all are right, no one blogs on Georgia Tech, so I need to find a place to say what needs to be said. Washaun Ealy will be really good, but I think he’s too small right now to endure an SEC season. And if you want full production from him, have him be an integral part for 4 years, not be just thrown in there in inopportune this season, not giving him a real chance to succeed.

And I apologize for Ramblin Rick and Saint Simons. They suck, and are annoying. Not all Tech fans are like that. But Caleb King won’t win the Heisman, and doesn’t hold a candle to that old Dwyer boy down in Atlanta.

jarvis

June 25th, 2009
11:44 am

Tech can’t beat Georgia in Atlanta. 1977, 1985, 1989, 1999….only times Tech has beaten Georgia in Atlanta since 1970. That’s almost 40 years boys.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:46 am

i heard coach pajamas was going door to door to remind everbody that he has run the peewee rec ball offense for 78 years and how he is genius and how proud he is to keep player eligble but have the lowest graduation rate in every league that he is in.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
11:47 am

Gators in the “Hooch”, UF license plates, pythons invading the Okefenokee. I read this in Revelations. Repent now. Don’t be left behind.

Will this interfere with the 2009 football season?

Coach D

June 25th, 2009
11:49 am

I was a little dissapointed by Caleb’s performance in the spring game, particularly with him dropping balls. I feel that the offense can be very successful if they let Joe Cox run a no-huddle offense but for that to happen someone besides AJ Green will need to step up and catch some passes, and that includes the running backs King and Chapas( who is an underrated receiver at FB like Southerland before him).Caleb is not going to be an every down/pound it up the middle running back, so if that is what he expects then he’s just going to have to get that out of his head.

But he can be a Ricky Watter’s type, where Bobo can utilize his speed on toss sweep’s and in the passing game. Improving his receiving skills will make Caleb a more valuable player to the team, because he has the speed to make people miss in the open field. And it will get him more playing time. The question is: does he have the drive to make himself a more complete player? Or will he pout if he’s not getting 20-30 carries a game?

Take Ronnie Brown for example. He got less carries at RB than Cadillac Williams did in 2004, but he was used quite a bit in Auburn’s passing game. And because he wasn’t one dimensional, he went in the first round of the draft. It’s something for Caleb to consider.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
11:49 am

Wreck1378, I don’t lump you in with the great unwashed. Your opinion is welcome IMHO.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:49 am

GT Jake,
Dwyer is only at the institute because he feared competing with Caleb for playing time. Go luck with your peewee football scheme.

Go Gators

June 25th, 2009
11:50 am

We are coming, we gonna get ya, Go GATORS!!!

Ramblinwreck1378

June 25th, 2009
11:51 am

coachdawg: I thought we were over this whole peewee offense thing. We beat you with it. We beat Florida State with it. It obviously works, because guess who else uses it.. FLORIDA, who’s beat y’all more times than y’all have beat us in the past 20 years. Oh yea, and they have 2 out of the past 3 national championships. But it doesn’t work, don’t worry. The only difference between ours and theirs is that they run theirs out of the shotgun.

Ooo, and I heard Mark Richt is going door to door looking for more unsuccessful motivational tactics, and another obnoxious, incompetent, incoherent play by play announcer.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:55 am

Ramblin’ Wreck 1378-
FSU won it 1999 (they lost to Tennyshoes 1998) and besdies that I meant actually outright won a championship. Like yall’s sham of a MNC in 1990 with Colorado.

Ramblinwreck1378

June 25th, 2009
11:57 am

My bad, you’re right. And let’s be honest. Everyone knows Colorado got 5 downs in their game. I know, I know it still goes down as a shared national championship, but i think we all know who really won that year.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
11:59 am

I’ve got news for the techies, being the best running back in the All-Cupcake-Conference is like being the tallest midget.

Pago Flyer

June 25th, 2009
11:59 am

Word on the street…..Tebow will win another Heisman.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
12:00 pm

wreck then you ruin it by poor mouthing Saint Larry, don’t get so worked up about it.

I prefer high school offense. It sounds more grown up. It seems to be working for Coach PJ’s. It sure worked in year one, let’s see if he puts in a few more wrinkles for 2009. Congrats on having a Coach with a pair, something the all wise and knowing CHAN seemed to be lacking.

Cuz

June 25th, 2009
12:01 pm

Pago I also heard that the sky is blue and the sun comes up in the East.

Ramblinwreck1378

June 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Dawgtime

June 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Okay class, you cannot get off topic. The topic is Caleb King. No, you can’t worry about what the special education kids in the other room are doing. They realize that they cannot be in the regular room so they they to get you to notice them. You must ignore the poor souls. For the ones that actually attended college, you realize that we all had to make adjustments as we matured as students. I really believe Caleb is going to be an excellent running back. He is a great kid that is overlooked because he is a reserved kid. As young adults, we all made mistakes. In terms of the other fans blogging childish comments, I remind everyone to consider the sources. Just pathetic people.

Carlos

June 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Bill, I believe this blog is from a fan’s perspective so I’m not sure if you’re on the AJC payroll or not? If not, you need to be. Actually, you deserve a raise because you do 10 times more the work than the rest of those clowns do. Keep it up.

coachdawg 2000

June 25th, 2009
12:06 pm

rw1378-
Yeah Colorado winning the big 8 and beating notre dame with Rocket Ismail is less impressive than a tie with North Carolina. Bobby Ross knew, O’Leary knew, even Curry knew Tech is 3rd rate in this state behind UGA, and Ga. Southern.