A big reason tailback still looks like a committee at UGA

I’m back from a vacation that saw me soaked but happy at a terrific Paul McCartney concert, spending way too much on school supplies and books for my daughter, and enjoying some fun family time. While I was gone, the Bulldog Nation had a scare over Ben Jones’ ankle, UGA announced the football coaches will have to take furlough days, and Mark Richt finally made it official that sophomore Richard Samuel is “a solid No. 1″ at tailback.

I thought it interesting, though, that quarterback Joe Cox sort of added an asterisk to that No. 1 designation in an Athens Banner-Herald article noting that tailbacks at UGA don’t just run and block. They also catch the ball a lot, with the departed Knowshon Moreno third in receptions for the Dogs last season.  

And as Cox sees it, while Samuel might start at tailback, he’s more likely to be tossing the ball to Carlton Thomas and Caleb King out of the backfield. He was pretty brutally frank in summing up Samuel’s weakness in that regard. “I think we’re kind of going to pull from everybody to get certain aspects of what Knowshon did,” Cox told the ABH. “Richard’s a hard runner, he’s kind of a bruiser. He gets open, but it’s not like he has incredible ball skills. He catches well, but a guy like Caleb and Carlton, they have really smooth hands. … I definitely think we’ll be using all of them.”

Sounds good to me. In fact, I can’t wait to see what Thomas can do in open space after Cox dumps the ball to him out in the flat.

78 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
10:35 am

45 – 42 hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha Enter your comments here

dgroy

August 24th, 2009
10:46 am

Caleb King will never be a force at UGA…..he was a “flash in the pan” in high school and just doesn’t have the stuff to make it….

hop

August 24th, 2009
10:58 am

i could not agree more that georgia will play all three tailbacks which is not unusual in college football today with all the pounding these running backs receive during a season.

each brings a special talent to the position and all will contribute very nicely as dawgs will be the surprise of the SEC as espn gary danielson has already suggested!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

August 24th, 2009
11:01 am

Welcome back Bill….ummm I think the running back situation will be fine with a running back by committee approach…because we have such an outstanding line…that said I think Samuel has the most upside…

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 24th, 2009
11:03 am

Good thing I didn’t see you at Sir Paul’s show, I would have taken your UGAg ball cap, and wiped my butt with it.

Now, football.

In other words, our running backs sux, so we’ll do it by committee. All of them would be 3rd stringers in GT’s back field.

DawginGermany

August 24th, 2009
11:16 am

Welcome back Bill!

I am with you, I can’t wait to see what Thomas can do with the ball. I hear he is a real burner when he gets in space. I hope Joe Cox does well, but I am interested to see what Logan Grey can bring to the table. The guy has some wheels, and I hear is arm is better than average. I hope Bobo puts together a package or two for him.
I believe the defense is going to be a strength this year. Ole Willie will have a good year, and some of these folks will have to find a new scapegoat.

Georgia goes 9-2 this year, we lose to Florida and a team we probably shouldn’t (S. Carolina, Arkansas). We get our revenge on Tech, and put and end to the Okie Light story before it gets started.

Welcome back Bill, I can’t wait for Sept. 5!!!!

GO DAWGS

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 24th, 2009
11:21 am

I’m with you Germany…. I’m worried about Arkansas… but I feel we will handle OK state pretty well… GO DAWGS !!!

MAJim

August 24th, 2009
11:21 am

Welcome back, Bill. You’ve probably seen these, but wanted to make sure – new Bulldog BBQ grills.

http://www.teamgrill.com/grills/sports_bbq_gas_grill_MVP.cfm?Target=gabull

L-Dawg

August 24th, 2009
11:23 am

WELCOME BACK BILL!!!

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!

GREAT TO PASSIONATE ABOUT MY TEAM AS OPPOSED TO HATING/ENVYING ANOTHER!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

12 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!

L-Dawg

August 24th, 2009
11:25 am

*** GREAT TO BE PASSIONATE……

Sic Em'

August 24th, 2009
11:27 am

I think it is now OBVIOUS that Bill King is Saint Simons…. Saint Simons was not heard from the entire 10 days of Bill’s vacation, on any blog, other than the obvious imposters. So thanks Bill, for keeping Dawg fans motivated to disliking Tech, and planting the seed on every one of your blogs to make the Nov 28th victory over the bumble bees that much sweeter.

Bill King

August 24th, 2009
11:31 am

Maybe he’s my cyber stalker.

G

August 24th, 2009
11:42 am

Hey Bill I called this one? Keep up the good stuff.

G

August 6th, 2009
5:12 pm
I can’t understand why people don’t like Samuel. He did fumble some last year but he is big and strong not to mention the fastest back. He runs north and south and was only 16 last year. I think he is alot better than King. King hesitates in the hole and runs with no passion. Samuel could be a Adrian Peterson type back , watch out for 22.

G

August 24th, 2009
11:43 am

good point sic em

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
11:53 am

i’m fast just like Roddy Jones!!!!!!!!! hahahahahhahahahahahaha

how2fish

August 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

Samuel was impressive last year in the last few games I saw him in…he can run by a lot of folks and over the ones he can’t…I think he and Thomas and King will get a lot of reps as the season unfolds..and if the line can stay healthy I think they will all do well!

Atlanta- Bob

August 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

Hey Bill..What do you know about a cheating scandel at Tech this summer involving four or five Tech football players(three starters) and some basketball team members. My sources tell me that CPJ is doing his best to keep it coverd up.

45ACP

August 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

Bill King, mild mannered author of the Junkyard Blawg. Starts a new blog then runs to a phone booth and reappears as Saint Simons, Dawg Hating Mystery Blogger.
Hmmmm…. very interesting…

Michael Scharff

August 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

Bill, great to have you back on board!

F. Sinkwich

August 24th, 2009
12:26 pm

I fear that Caleb King is just another Jasper Sanks.

Cuz

August 24th, 2009
12:30 pm

Sic Em, you just did not read enough blogs, Saint Simmons is on them all.

Bill King is Saint Simmons? That is the most bizarre case of split personalities since Herschel.

mcdawg

August 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

so whenever C. King or C. Thomas are in the game its going to be a pass?

nice scouting report

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!!!

August 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

Dont be surprised to see #22 catch screen pass on the first play of the game…..

reality check

August 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

G, I am right there with you and Tdog in predicting success for Samuel. I don’t understand why bloggers are not more aware of his speed. He is definitely faster than the other backs, even Carlton Thomas. He isn’t quite as fast as Herschel was, but he is bigger. Here’s what I had to say:

reality check

June 26th, 2009
11:40 am
I agree with T-dog about Samuel. The guy is really young and last year his progress during the season was noticeable. He averaged 5.1 ypc last year, and that average increased as the year went on. He will play at 225 pounds this year and he is clearly Georgia’s fastest back.

McCendon is right when he says Moreno can’t be replaced. Richt is also right when he says he believes we will be sound at the RB position this year.

I for one believe one of our problems last year was over emphasis of the passing game. The statistics under Richt are clear and unequivocal. When we run 60% or more we have won. When we pass 50% or more we have lost.

bird dawg

August 24th, 2009
12:52 pm

atlanta-bob, it wasn’t really a cheating scandel, more like a robbery scandel. and evidently CPJ didn’t do a good job of covering it up, it has been all over the news…someone getting robbed on north ave almost on a daily basis…

bird dawg

August 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

samuel just needs to prove that he can hold on the dang ball..

bird dawg

August 24th, 2009
1:15 pm

it kinda looks like ealey may be redshirted??

G

August 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

I just hope we dont start the game with the Fla State bomb. I think not having Staffords arm might be a good thing. Donnan ran some great short slants and dump off’s in Bobo’s years. Hopefully Mike will spread the field out like Donnan did. Got so tired of seeing Staff over throw guys deep.

Nostra-chazzo

August 24th, 2009
1:22 pm

Let me say it one more time. It is going to be a really exciting season. An interesting schedule, lots of possibilities on “O,” and lots of new talent. I predict several close games. Welcome back, by the way, this is always a good blog.

m

August 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

The three top rated high school running backs in Georgia two years ago were Johathan Dwyer, Roddy Jones and Caleb King.

Of course Tech got the two good ones and they ran all over ugag last year.

Caleb King is a total bust…but that just makes him fit in well with that scrub team over at the athens correctional institute.

45-42…glad it still hurts so bad…and it is only the beginning.

G

August 24th, 2009
1:27 pm

There’s no nerd-terrorist-child molester jackass blog?

G

August 24th, 2009
1:28 pm

If you listen closely the gt fight song they say go jackass

G

August 24th, 2009
1:30 pm

robster craws

AceDawg

August 24th, 2009
1:34 pm

I’m optimistic about Samuel and Thomas but am not sold on King yet. I’m sure he offers something though. Let’s just hope Richt and Bobo find the right balance and have a willingness to go with a hotter hand. Samuel’s physical presence should make him the sustained drive guy, and Thomas looks like the guy that’ll give defense fits in open space. My guess is Ealey and Baldwin aren’t gonna be in the mix too much, but my guess comes with zero credibility!!

DawginLex

August 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

m hanging out on a UGA blog. Delusional idiot never goes away. Can’t wait for the 1st loss for your savior coach and read your blog post about how you want to escort him out of town.

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

Well Ramble, at least they would become very good friends with all of your WRs.

hop

August 24th, 2009
1:36 pm

it will be interesting to see who will be the must disappointing teams in both the ACC AND SEC!

Tech,Auburn,clemson,LSU and Virginia are my picks!

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2009
1:49 pm

see, now you know it’s the original RC, when the 60% run/pass stat comes out.

Freddie G

August 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Sinkwich, Jasper Sanks was a good back who ran hard, his problem was his head, and he would not give up the Joint. King will be fine, he is a different back from Samuel, I see King more like our back that played a few years ago for New England Patriots.

Wil Walton

August 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

Agree, first offensive play of the season… screen pass to Samuel. If Samuel is starting, then Thomas and King need to be returning KOs.

Wil Walton

August 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

Ace, who is Baldwin?

Freddie G

August 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

With the abundance of RB’s it is hoped that Bobo will utilize them and don’t have Cox putting up the ball 70% of the possessions. Despite the talent the reptiles show on paper, I feel optimistic that an upset is in the making if Bobo and Willie call a good game.

BruffDawg

August 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

Samuel will pound the pokes into fatigue, and thn we strike with thomas who will burn them up. Does this game remind anyone of playing Hawaii? How will we stop their offense? Running it down their throats!!!

WildBill

August 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Running back by committee!? Whats next, quarterback by committee? Coaching by committee? Just 12 days and we will have some answers(maybe).

dawgstephen

August 24th, 2009
2:22 pm

I agree that Richard is stepping up but those who think that Caleb cant play are sadly mistaken. He is gonna shock a lot of people. Go Dawgs

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Denver Dog

August 24th, 2009
2:53 pm

Get off of Caleb’s case he will play alot, IHe is hurt and you have to get over the hamstring injury or it will stay there all year. I still say the little guy will play a lot too. Running back of several is not bad. Wasn’t too long ago that you had Brown, Ware, and Lumpking running. Last I checked they had all made the NFL. So King, Samuels, Thomas, and Ealey will do just fine. As far as the Techies on here, forget them, they are all just egomaniacs with inferiority complexes. Other wise they would go on the Tech blogs.

Doyouknowshon

August 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

G,
Good call on Samuel except for the part about him being 16 last year. He turned 17 in February 2008. Still, good call overall.

45ACP

August 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

Everyone is healthy and back at their position.
They should be able to run on anyone and stop anyone.
No more excuses, I hope.

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

m stands for “my team finally won a game in 8 years.”

Voice of Reason

August 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

Ramble On- wouldn’t you say GT has a tailback by committee as well? I know you call them different things but seriously.

G- Richard Samuel was not 16. He was 17. Not that big of a diff. but come on. 16 in the D-1 college football?

Ace- Who the heck is Baldwin? Daniels maybe? (didnt help the credibility for future posts)

WildBill- RB by committee is used at a large number of colleges around the country, maybe even most. It is nowhere near the same as QB by committee, so why the shcok like it is something bad. Ever heard of “Earth, Wind, and Fire” (not the singing group, but the tandem, or committee of RBs that led the NY Giants to the SB victory?) or all of the tandems referred to as “Thunder and Lightning”. How about James Davis and CJ Spiller who have done a great job at Clemson sharing carries? Would McFadden have been as good without Felix Jones? How good did Addai do in Indianapolis after they lost Rhodes? Can you name the RB for the Patriots SB wins? How many were there? (Not just one) How did UGA handle the RB situation before last year? (Thomas Brown, Danny Ware, Kregg Lumpkin) Ever hear of LenDale White. Without him you probably wouldn’t have heard as much about Reggie Bush. Fred Taylor/Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Turner/Jerious Norwood, etc. Having one RB get a vast majority of carries such as Knowshon last year is a rarity these days. Keep up.