Richt’s not worried about running game

Georgia fans have been concerned about the Dogs’ running game ever since spring drills ended without one tailback separating himself from the rest, but it’s heartening in looking over a conference transcript of Mark Richt’s remarks today at his SEC Media Days session to see that he’s not worried at all. 

 

Mark Richt (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

And you can bet it’s not a “What, me worry?” kind of denial like Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman. Richt’s been through this tailback-by-committee stuff before. 

Anway, his take on Georgia’s running backs is that he thinks Georgia will be fine whichever one becomes the starter. Or even if there isn’t a featured back. Talent isn’t a problem, he says.

I think … I could probably blindly grab two or three of ’em, just pick ’em up, and I would have confidence whatever three I picked out, we will have success with them,” the coach said. “Sometimes when you say no one has separated themselves from the pack, sometimes that’s bad if your pack isn’t very good. But if you got a pack of good ones, you know, it’s hard to separate also because you have some talented guys around you. I think it’s more a situation of that than not having anybody outstanding. I think they’re all pretty outstanding.”

As for incoming freshman tailback Washaun Ealey, ESPN.com’s Chris Low says Richt is excited to see what he can do. “He’s a beast,” Richt said. “He might end up being one of our best two. I don’t know. We’ll wait until we see him. I really don’t have any expectation about who’s going to be the starter, but I feel like I could reach in blindly and pull out two or three of those guys and we’re going to be pretty good at that position.”

The bottom line, Richt said, will be “who gets it done when it counts the most. We have 29 practice opportunities to see who it is. If it’s one guy carrying the load, the majority of the load, I’m fine with that. If it’s three guys sharing it, I’m OK with that, too. But we’re gonna run the ball.”

Of course, you expect a coach to put a positive spin on things whenever possible at these media events. But as the dean of SEC coaches, Richt knows you can only mislead folks so long and if you’ve been blowing smoke you wind up looking foolish. I think when he says he’s not worried, he’s really not worried. 

So I’m not worried, either. What about you?

52 comments Add your comment

Saint Simmons

July 23rd, 2009
1:22 pm

first! 4-42 hahahahahahahahahahaha

Cuz

July 23rd, 2009
1:22 pm

What me worry?

Alfred E. Neuman

July 23rd, 2009
1:24 pm

Uh, that’s my line, cuz.

Alfred Neuman IV,Summa Cum Laude,UGA'90

July 23rd, 2009
1:26 pm

Don’t try to steal my material!

Natureboy809

July 23rd, 2009
1:26 pm

Out with Knowshon; in with Washaun….

Tom

July 23rd, 2009
1:31 pm

Anyone here think Washaun could someday beat Knowshon’s Wonderlic score of 13?

Me neither.

Herschel Talker

July 23rd, 2009
1:38 pm

Tom likes men

Tom

July 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm

You bet i do you silly bear…

Herschel Talker

July 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm

But not as much as I do ;)

m

July 23rd, 2009
2:00 pm

Im there if there are team inner leg massages and tickle piles

Tom

July 23rd, 2009
2:03 pm

Guys this is hott (with 2 t’s)

SEC

July 23rd, 2009
2:07 pm

hahah he beat percy harvin on the wonderlic

LizDawg

July 23rd, 2009
2:29 pm

CMR is right, Ealey is going to be a BEAST!

swimdawg68

July 23rd, 2009
2:34 pm

Hey Saint Simmons 7-1 under CMR hahahahahahahahhahahahaha!! You continue to demonstrate the small minds of the “dirt daubers” from north ave. They accidentally win once in 8 years and you would think it was a National Championship victory. As I have stated before, we will begin a new streak in Nov.

mcdawg

July 23rd, 2009
2:36 pm

running backs will be fine as long as they don’t turnover the ball

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

All this talk about strong backs is making me…. oh my!

OZZFEST

July 23rd, 2009
2:52 pm

IF YOU DON’T WAUSHAN – YOU DON’T WAU-SHEET.

Waushan/whaushoff

July 23rd, 2009
3:05 pm

Waushansan you go sanda flo, den painta fence, den spika ball in enda zone

just Waushan'off

July 23rd, 2009
3:09 pm

hehehe, That’s pretty cool Beavis.

Dawgaholic

July 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

Saint simmons………what the hellllll is 4-45…….moron!!

Long Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

Carlton Thomas impressed in the spring game. Samuels and King have the talent but really haven’t distinguished themselves yet. The offensive line should be very good. If these guys can’t run behind the offensive line we have this year then they are not living up to the hype. I’d love to see them both break out do 1000 yrds each.

Dawgaholic

July 23rd, 2009
3:13 pm

you cant even get your 45 right…….. you suck…..51 to 7 hahahahahha

lawDawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:18 pm

Waushan road, hm? Waushan left side, safe. Waushan right side, safe. Waushan middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do “yes” or karate do “no.” You karate do “guess so,” [squish] just like grape. Understand?

lawDawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:22 pm

Weak.

I guess it should have been:

Waushan road, hm? Waushan left side, safe. Waushan right side, safe. Waushan middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape. Here, football, same thing. Either you football do “yes” or football do “no.” You football do “guess so,” [squish] just like grape. Understand?

TheRealDawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:26 pm

Are we number 1 this year too? I sure enjoyed our National Championship last year!

BigMike

July 23rd, 2009
3:27 pm

Knowshon , don’t go, oh oh, Washaun run,run,run !!!

Drew-G-A

July 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

i think the stupidity inthe comments section has taken an all time low. Wheter you’re a tech fan or a dawg, it’s just idiotic.

South Georgia Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

Georgia will surprise a lot of people this year and that will be good. When you have two back-to-back recruiting years like they have had wow. The SEC is going to be really exciting to watch this year.

Drew-G-A

July 23rd, 2009
3:33 pm

sorry for my spelling.

Jarius W

July 23rd, 2009
3:36 pm

Yeah, but I tied Percy Harvey! Twelveses rule!

LawDawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

To the name-jacker: please don’t put my name with such idiotic and moronic material. I think anyone that has read my posts before knows I don’t post such jibberish…… Ealey is a special back and will distinguish himself sooner or later.

Okefenokee Dawg

July 23rd, 2009
3:57 pm

The Dawgs will have a two-headed running machine known as King Richard.

dap01

July 23rd, 2009
4:00 pm

It must be sad to have such a small life that you troll around on a teams blog when you are not even a fan of that team.

You are sad Saint Simons.

lawDawg (w/ sense of humor)

July 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm

first of all, never seen you on since i dont spend my life online. second, it was a follow up to a post (Waushan/whaushoff) that was funny. that “gibberish” was another “Karate Kid” quote… sorry you aren’t cool enough to get it.

DamnGoodDawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:02 pm

With our O line Jasper Sanks could….never mind….

TheRealDawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:10 pm

I can hardly wait to stomp the Gators again!

Waushan/whaushoff

July 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

LawDawg,
it’s good to know my comment was not missed–yours was better though. I think Samuel just might surprise some people this year–we have so many backs I really wish our offense (hint hint) would make use of them more–passes out of the backfield–etc. If they want to play–make it happen.

southgadawg88

July 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

I don’t know why the RB is such a big concern..in 07 Knowshon and T.Brown both rushed for a 1000 yards.Personally I think we ran Moreno too much…he was a great player but I don’t think he was 25-30 carry a game back.He looked a lot fresher at the end of 07 than 08..seemed to me that was because T.Brown got a bunch of carries.

Saint Simons & Ramble = Ace and Gary

July 23rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Caleb King, Carlton Thomas and a healthy O-line. The Dawgs will be just fine with running game

Saint Simons & Ramble On = Ace and Gary

July 23rd, 2009
4:27 pm

ACC
A$$ Clown Conference

Saint Simons

July 23rd, 2009
4:37 pm

Roddy Jones just scored again!!!!!!!!!!

1eyedJack

July 23rd, 2009
4:39 pm

2007 was supposed to be a rebuilding year and the DAWGS wound up No. 2 in the country.

2008 was supposed to be “the year” but injuries cost us at least 2 victories. Still end up in top 20.

2009 DAWGS are going to be RABID. Somebody is going to get their face crushed in. Let’s just hope it’s a yellow maggott.

ghost dawg

July 23rd, 2009
4:46 pm

should be some way to keep the idiots off the blog

copdawg

July 23rd, 2009
6:22 pm

i am getting concerned about saint simons. i have this mental picture of an emotionally disturbed paraplegic with a blanket on his lap sitting in front of an old dell desktop, drooling on himself, finger poised waiting for a new post about anything pertaining to UGA. i hope he/she is on someone’s suicide watch.

DublDawg

July 23rd, 2009
6:36 pm

Saint Simons and all other fans of the Paperwasps:

In your own back yard, 38-3.

Did you geeks quit eating Chik Fil A after that stomping?

Giving up the grease will help your acne anyway.

Dawg95

July 23rd, 2009
6:59 pm

What’s Saint Simons going to do with his life after we beat the crap out of Tech this year?? His mom’s going to make him go back to work at Burger King!

dd

July 23rd, 2009
8:00 pm

tech has ugly women

dawgfanatic24-7

July 23rd, 2009
8:12 pm

CMR seems excited to be flying under the radar this season. I wonder if Saint Simons has a job. The guy is on here ALL THE TIME. This has to be a snot nosed kid out of school for the summer.

it's getting closer

July 23rd, 2009
8:16 pm

Washaun is a beast!!! So was Jasper, Odell Collins, Albert Hollis, Patrick Pass, etc…
Let’s wait and see.

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs, CO)

July 23rd, 2009
10:45 pm

Mr. King, like you, I’m not worried about Georgia’s running game. Nor am I honestly worried about any aspect of the team. I believe in Coach Richt and in the system that he’s put in place at the University of Georgia. Over the past eight seasons, Coach Richt and his staff have built one of the nation’s elite football programs. If you’re a football player at Georgia, you can rest assured that under Coach Richt, you’ll have the opportunity to compete and to win championships. Yes, I know he hasn’t managed to bring Georgia a National Title, but believe me; it’ll happen. Hell, it just may happen in ‘09! Okay, okay, that may be a little far fetched, but the point is that we don’t know what a season will bring. Did you honestly think that the ‘08 campaign would turn out as it did? I know I didn’t. The one thing that Georgia fans can bet money on is that Coach Richt and his staff will have this years team fully prepared (mentally and physically) to handle the challenges, adversity, successes, and disappointments that come with any college football season. College football fans know that each year brings with it a vast amount of unknowns. It is the unknown that makes this game so great as we are continually surprised year in and year out with the final results of the season. On the collegiate level each year, every teams roster and/or coaching staff changes; whether it be a little or a lot. When an established star on a team gets injured, graduates, or leaves early for the NFL; it gives an unproven or unknown player the opportunity to step up and become a star. This 2009 Bulldog team is stacked full of talent. And yes, we don’t have Stafford or Knowshon, but we’ve got some unknown future stars that are about to shine. Do you remember that kid that came out of Wrightsville, Georgia? The young man that as a true freshman took the country by storm and put the Bulldogs on the map nationally? Well, prior to the 1980 season, no one knew who was going to carry the ball for the Dogs and that included Herschel Walker himself. Not even Coach Vince Dooley knew. As a matter of fact, prior to the 1980 season, Coach Dooley stated to the media and the Bulldog Nation that “Between you and me, what I may have here is nothing more than a big stiff fullback.” Well, like Coach Dooley, I hope to God that Coach Richt will be lucky enough to blindly reach back on the sidelines in Stillwater Oklahoma, grab the shoulder pad of a young man, send him into the game, and get to observe first hand the next great running back of all time. “We hand it off to (INSERT NAME)! There’s a hole…5!!!…10!!!…12!!! He’s running over people!!! Oh, you (INSERT NAME)!!! My God Almighty, he ran right through two men!!!”