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.