Chances are that once the tailback rotation gets set, Carlton Thomas, the shifty little tailback who turned so many heads during spring drills, will probably be the second or third of the three backs who’ll regularly get reps with the first team. Most UGA observers don’t expect him to be the lead back, though it’s worth noting he’s about the same size as former tailback Thomas Brown, who defied expectations.
But fortunately for us, tailback isn’t the only place where Thomas is likely to make a contribution to the 2009 Dogs. Talking with The Red and Black about Tuesday’s special teams practice, Thomas noted that he spent time returning punts. “Oh yeah, I see a lot of opportunity on kick return and punt return,” he said. “I caught some punts today and the next special teams day we’ll be doing kickoff return. I feel like the opportunity on the special teams is real.”
Whether it’s returning kicks, playing his expected role as the