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.
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?