Who should be Dogs’ one-two punch?

 

Richard Samuel (Georgia Sports Communications)

Richard Samuel (Georgia Sports Communications)

Even if Georgia ends up with a tailback-by-committee approach this season, odds are that two backs primarily will carry the load. 

Most observers think Caleb King will be one of them, despite the fact he hasn’t been able to get a firm grip on the starting job. Richard Samuel, who had slipped so far under the radar that folks were wondering if he’d switch to linebacker, turned a lot of heads with his performance in Wednesday’s scrimmage. Carlton Thomas continues to impress, though because of his size a lot of observers see him as the third or change-of-pace back. And then there’s the heralded true freshman, Washaun Ealey, who still has a lot to learn.

Mark Richt said they probably will “re-rack” the depth chart after Wedesday’s scrimmage but indicates we shouldn’t put too much emphasis right now on who’s ranked where. “I don’t particularly care who’s No. 1 today or tomorrow,” Richt said. “I’m looking for guys who are ready to play. I’m not even looking for starters. I’m looking for guys that if we put them in the game, they can function and play winning football. That’s really and truly all I’m concerned about right now.”

Buck Belue says Georgia will need at least two good tailbacks this season and he seems to think it will be King and Samuel. “A combination of Samuel and King is the best cast scenario,” he says. ”Last season, the RB position got 338 carries. Knowshon got 73 percent of those totes. Richard and Caleb split the other 27 percent of the carries. So, a first round talent maxed out with 73 percent of the load. Got to figure Samuel might be 50-60 percent if [his showing in the scrimmage] keeps up and Caleb gets in there enough to grad 30-40 percent of the load. There are plenty of carries to go around.”

Who will be the Dogs' top two backs?

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So who do you see as the Dogs’ one-two punch? King and Samuel (or Samuel and King)? Is King likely to fade and be supplanted in the top twosome by Thomas? Or will Samuel’s problems with fumbles keep him in third place? Might Ealey make a move as the season progresses?

Share your thoughts in the comments, vote in the poll, or do both.

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Saint Simons

August 13th, 2009
10:34 am

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahaha

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 13th, 2009
10:42 am

It doesn’t matter, they’re all capable SEC caliber backs, and we don’t have to chop-block to get them running room. It’s not worth ruining an opponents career in order to get a first down.

L-Dawg

August 13th, 2009
10:47 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

SO MUCH BETTER FOLLOWING MY TEAM THAN STALKING ANOTHER!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

23 DAYS!!!!!!

Hook Em Horns

August 13th, 2009
10:47 am

it doesn’t matter because it won’t get them a MNC…again

god and greyhound

August 13th, 2009
10:49 am

The Next Herschel and The Next Herschel, right pup fans?

richtreignisover

August 13th, 2009
10:51 am

UGA=We do less with more better than anyone in the country.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 13th, 2009
10:51 am

***** FREE Tech football ticket with purchase of World of Warcraft bed comforter!!! *****

HOLY CRAP A SELLOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

1-888-TECH-TIX

August 13th, 2009
10:53 am

HURRY HURRY!!!! ONLY 30,000 seats left for the season opener against Div II rival Jacksonville State!!!

Hook Em Horns

August 13th, 2009
10:58 am

The insults UGA throws at GT about being nerds and not really caring about the team are pretty funny. Whats funnier is the fact they still beat UGA and how much it bothers the UGA fans that supposedly do care

Saint Simons Needs A Blow Up Doll

August 13th, 2009
10:58 am

King and Samuel so far seem like a good combo. I’m curious who will really step up once the season starts. If Samuel plays like he did yesterday, we won’t have a problem.

Do Tech fans have nothing better to do but to sit on UGA blogs to talk crap? Dawg fans could care less about Tech. You need to find yourself a blow up doll to give you something to do. Why don’t the moderators delete these posts so we can actually talk about UGA’s season?

Saint LSU Fan

August 13th, 2009
10:59 am

(((38-3)))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Techie Square

August 13th, 2009
10:59 am

ok, ok…seriously guys.

all you Dog fans are making a fun of us because there are so many tickets available for the opening game September 5th against our rival, Jacksonville State….. BUT HELLO!!!!….. It doesn’t take a Calculus Major to understand that DRAGON CON is in Atlanta that weekend!! I mean DUH, we obviously have our priorities straight!!!

We obviously want our myspace profile pictures with R2D2 or the main character from Twilight, as opposed to drinking beer and watching, um, FOOTBALL!!! GEESH!!!!!

Saint Augustine

August 13th, 2009
11:02 am

((((( 41 10 ))))) hahahahaha

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:02 am

King strikes me as the type of runner that will get better as the game goes along. Lets split the carries 45% to Samuel and 45% to King…with Samuel getting 3 out of 4 series in the first half and
King getting 3 out of 4 in the second. Thomas and Chapas split the remaining 10%. Love me some Chapas baby!

gratefuldawghead

August 13th, 2009
11:04 am

I would love to see the DAWGS run a “wishbone” with all our backs for a few series! At least TRY IT!

Long Dawg

August 13th, 2009
11:06 am

It will be Samuels, King and Thomas. I really like Samuels because he has all the physical attributes you need in the SEC but he is prone to fumble and that is a killer. King is a mystery to me because he seems to have the package but it just doesn’t show up on the field. I really like Carlton Thomas and think he is the Dark Horse of the bunch. Net net, behind our offensive line we’ll get some yards on the ground one way or the other.

G$DAWG

August 13th, 2009
11:06 am

Nothing against our tailbacks but why does Richt like to use small backs? When he had use of Musa Smith, he used that big back to hammer in the interior of a lot of defenses. The Giants use that “thunder and lightning” running back combination well and I think if Samuels and can wear out the defense and King can be the speed back, along with Carlton, we should be able to have some long, sustained drives that keep other teams with high potent offenses, like Oklahoma State, and Florida, off the field.

Otto

August 13th, 2009
11:07 am

What is Dontavius Jackson doing in practice?

dap01

August 13th, 2009
11:08 am

If they included pocket protectors with those tickets, they may fill up that stadium.

gafan1

August 13th, 2009
11:09 am

ok guys, let’s be reasonable. GA will be good this year, but not great. I think we will win 8 games. We do have a tough schedule this year.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 13th, 2009
11:10 am

***** FREE Tech football ticket with purchase of weekend pass to Dragon Con!!! *****

Kendawg

August 13th, 2009
11:13 am

You can’t have fumbles from your tailback. That’s an easy way to lose a close game.

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:21 am

G$Dawg…Ealey will be your thunder in a year or two.

D&D fan

August 13th, 2009
11:22 am

I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and one of a bunch of queers,
A helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of a cowboy luv’n dear,
Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my urine clear,
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of bomb making queer!.

45-42

August 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Jasper Stanks and Quincey Carter!!

HAHAHAHAHAA

Volman

August 13th, 2009
11:29 am

Volman

August 13th, 2009
11:30 am

St. Mark Richt= the SEC’s new Philip Fulmer

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:32 am

Lane Kiffen and his daddy do Volman. They have to figure out how to stop them.

(45-42) wORLD TOUr

August 13th, 2009
11:33 am

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the stomping of the Dogs
We will teach the poor dumb farmboys
They should stick to sloppin’ hogs
When the Jackets are triumphant
There will be a mighty cheer
We’ll do the same next year!

To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
To Hell, to Hell, to Hell with Georgia,
The cesspool of the South!

matt

August 13th, 2009
11:33 am

Samuel then Thomas … much as as I’ve wanted to see King break out, he hasn’t, and I’m losing faith that he ever will. I’m not sure if he just never got it back after the high school injury or what. Bottom line is Samuel and Thomas will get us the most yards.

Volman

August 13th, 2009
11:34 am

“Uggggh”, you spelled Kiffin wrong. It’s not KiffEn, you dolt.

Maybe I’ll take you seriously when you can spell correctly.

Volman

August 13th, 2009
11:35 am

All this talk about the “dawgs” (needs to be “dogs) and their 1-2 running combo..

This team needs to learn how to tackle. I think Roddy Jones just scored ANOTHER touchdown.

gbal

August 13th, 2009
11:38 am

How about whoever the coaches feel are the best after evaluating thru camp.

DawginLex

August 13th, 2009
11:45 am

Volman,

Considering our coach has a 3-1 record in your vaunted stadium, and we visit there again this year, you probably need to shut your piehole.

Midland Dog

August 13th, 2009
11:46 am

l anyone ever take Kiffin seriously?

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:47 am

Volman…Who cares if I spelled that idiot’s name wrong? I don’t troll other teams blogs and take away from the discussion like you apparently do. I guess if I had the time, I could read up on all the Vol minutia and figure out how to spell it. But I don’t…I spend my extra time taking my shirt off in front of High School boys!

Later!

Midland Dog

August 13th, 2009
11:47 am

Will anyone?

Simple Simons

August 13th, 2009
11:48 am

Georgia Tech professor faces 15 counts of sexual exploitation

Aint Simons’s daddy

GB

August 13th, 2009
11:49 am

St. Simons is an embarassment to all of us Tech fans. Sorry. Good luck this year Dawgs.

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:50 am

Mark Richt does not = Phillipe Fulmar. Richt can’t eat as many Krispy Kremes.

In a related note…Krispy Kreme stock has dropped dramatically since Fulmar’s dismissal of UT head Football Coach.

Nub

August 13th, 2009
11:59 am

Any word on the future site of the GA/fl game?

Nothing Better to Do

August 13th, 2009
12:01 pm

Why all the Techies on here? I never read the Tech articles, Know why………? Because we don’t care. you don’t matter. You beat us once in 8 years………you can’t even win your worthless conference. Even Vandy and Kentucky beat us once every decade………Losers. We will roll you this year like never before. Go back to your hanna montana blogs.

Nothing Better to Do

August 13th, 2009
12:01 pm

Why all the Techies on here? I never read the Tech articles, Know why………? Because we don’t care. you don’t matter. You beat us once in 8 years………you can’t even win your worthless conference. Even Vandy and Kentucky beat us once every decade………Losers. We will roll you this year like never before. Go back to your hanna montana blogs.

SickandTired

August 13th, 2009
12:02 pm

Caleb King will be a liability because he doesn’t want to block. He’ll never live up to the hype that preceeded his signing with Georgia. Play him Saint Mark……SEC fans everywhere will love you for it.

Saint Mobile

August 13th, 2009
12:05 pm

((((( 41 30 ))))) hahahahaha

mcdawg

August 13th, 2009
12:06 pm

Hook em Horns–Texas the most overrated team in the past 10yrs in college football-always doing less with the most

Top Dogg

August 13th, 2009
12:06 pm

You mean Lame Kitten.I would still like to play Thanksgiving with his wife,i will squat and she can gobble!

45-42

August 13th, 2009
12:09 pm

OKSTATE will ruin JAWJA’s season early.

Thank God and Greyhound that Gailey the Sec gomer of a coach is gone forever!!!

Darindawg

August 13th, 2009
12:12 pm

THANK YOU “GB”!!!!!! SAINT SIMONS GO BACK AND READ HIS POST. I would say the same about a Dawg fan that did nothing but troll on the Tech boards all of the time embarassing the rest of us UGA fans.

Fletch

August 13th, 2009
12:17 pm

volman, i think WYOMING just scored again HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA