Bulldogs Bites: Richt sending Samuel a message?

Richard Samuel is staying at tailback for now. (Associated Press)

Richard Samuel is staying at tailback for now. (Associated Press)

While linebacker Charles White has been moved to fullback, Mark Richt told the Touchdown Club of Atlanta on Monday that he’s not yet ready to shift tailback Richard Samuel to linebacker, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. But he didn’t rule out moving Samuel, an all-state linebacker in high school, after the season.

“I don’t know if we’re at the point right now where we’re ready to say that he should move and we really haven’t taken the time to try to evaluate that,” Richt said. “I think he’s still very valuable to us as a running back. … If you’re going to make that move, make it in the offseason, make it when he has the whole spring and summer to understand what to do. I still believe he’s a heck of a back and he can help us win at that position.”

What’s most surprising about all that is Richt’s willingness to acknowledge publicly that he might consider such a move. You’ve got to wonder whether he’s trying to light a fire under Samuel to improve his play at tailback, or whether it’s now pretty much a given that Samuel will move after the season.

Meanwhile, in comments made later Monday at the Columbus Quarterback Club, Richt deflected questions about calls for staff changes, the Macon Telegraph reports. “Right now, we’re in the middle of a season,” Richt said. “We’ve got games to win, and we’re a team. That’s what we are is a team.”

He referenced the 2006 and 2007 season comebacks, noting, “Everybody wanted this or that to happen. But we didn’t start firing [coaches] left and right. We didn’t start firing players left and right. We stayed true to what we believed in. We kept banging away. We stayed together, stayed loyal to each other.

“If something doesn’t go right, a lot of times people want changes immediately. … Sometimes, the best thing to do is to keep banging away, keep grinding and doing what you know you’ve got to do.”

ROUNDBALL DOGS PICKED FOR CELLAR

A media panel made up of those who cover the SEC and national media members overwhelmingly has picked Kentucky to win the SEC basketball championship this season. The Wildcats took 20 of the 25 first place votes. Mississippi State received three first place votes and Tennessee the other two.

In predicting the order of finish in the SEC East, Kentucky was followed by Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida and, in last place, Mark Fox’s first Georgia team. The predicted order of finish for the West had Mississippi State followed by Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn.

No Georgia player made the preseason all-SEC team.

EARLY BOWL PROJECTIONS

The latest bowl projections by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Bruce Feldman for the Dogs differ. Feldman sees Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta against Boston College while Schlabach thinks Georgia will face North Carolina in Nashville’s Music City Bowl.

MORE ON SANFORD RENOVATION

The Red and Black has more details on the plans to revamp and incorporate the Reed Alley area into Sanford Stadium. UGA Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning Danny Sniff says the area will be flattened out to turn it into a large concourse, and “we’re also building a concessions structure in the new concourse with a large jumbotron screen mounted on it so the fans purchasing concessions, using the restrooms, or just meeting up with friends in the new concourse won’t miss a second of Georgia football.”

The Sanford Stadium renovations will be under way by February 2010, Sniff told the R&B, and completed in August before the 2010 football season begins.

Work on expanding the Stegeman Coliseum concourses and expanding the rest rooms in the arena will begin after graduation and be completed before the 2010 basketball season.

77 comments Add your comment

PMC

October 20th, 2009
10:45 am

No, he’s being truthful. Right now during this season he helps UGA best at Running Back, in the offseason they will evaluate and discuss a move with him and if it’s the best fit for UGA they will do it. He’s a smart and motivated kid, he entered college early. Motivation is not his issue. He’s not an elite running back and he runs too upright that hurts more when your line is garbage. He’s a good smart football player. If a move works for the best they’ll make it. That’s all that was.

L-Dawg

October 20th, 2009
10:50 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE GEORGIA!!!!

WHAT TO GEORGIA TECH “FANS” AND UGA FANS HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ARE BOTH OBSESSES WITH THOSE DAWGS!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

11 DAYS TIL WE GIVE TEBOW ANOTHER SKULL-THUMPING!!

L-Dawg

October 20th, 2009
10:51 am

“DO”…. “OBSESSED”….

PLEASE DONT YELL AT ME FOR MY BLOG TYPING

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

October 20th, 2009
10:55 am

45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

GetOverIt

October 20th, 2009
10:55 am

skull-thumping?!?! really L-dawg? Nice representation for your school. Sounds like youve had one too many concussions.

L-Dawg

October 20th, 2009
10:57 am

YES…. A SKULL-THUMPING

NOW BACK TO YOUR BLOG YOU HATER….

Saint Simons

October 20th, 2009
10:57 am

Samuels– another fives star bust!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

coachKR

October 20th, 2009
11:00 am

Simons, another five star arse!!!!!!!!

McDawg

October 20th, 2009
11:00 am

wonder what Kiante Tripp would think about that-i think Samuels runs well in between the tackles and if he gets loose that dude is fast-but hard to evaluate when our O-Line is performing so poorly

yellow fuzz

October 20th, 2009
11:01 am

saint Simons has real nice peach fuzz

coachx

October 20th, 2009
11:02 am

Saint Simons……….your lack of class does not reflect postively on the Georgia Tech program and 99.999999999% of Tech fans would agree with this.

How many more years is your daddy going to let you live in his beach condo where you are obviosuly drunk by noon every day ? No way your a adult who contributes in a postive way to society.

Dale

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

St Simon’s in a beach condo? I’d say holed up in a windowless basement online most of the day.

Dan

October 20th, 2009
11:13 am

samuel is by far the best RB in the lineup. he runs hard and i have no idea why they haven’t been giving him the ball. he’s a power runner and that’s what we need right now.

"Red" N. Black

October 20th, 2009
11:38 am

When will Jr. walk-on RB Kalvin Daniels get his chance? Maybe the best we’ve got.

Sorry

October 20th, 2009
11:40 am

Dan, we need a guy who can make a player miss and hit a hole. We don’t need a guy who runs hard right into the defensive line and gains 2 yards every carry.

Class of '98

October 20th, 2009
11:55 am

Bill, for as much as you scold Richt for throwing Blair Walsh under the bus, you are much to eager to do the same to Richard Samuel.

Samuel is no Herschel, but he’s better than Caleb King.

senoiadawgs

October 20th, 2009
11:56 am

Bang away in 06, same results in beginning of 07, bang away in 07 same results in beginning of 08, ban away in 08 same results in 09, bang away in 09 without firing Martinez and Fabris, Richt will be fired and he will not have to worry about doing the dirty work

Herschel Talker

October 20th, 2009
11:57 am

We need fewer fans like L-Dawg. He is a blind homer and a tool. Stupid jerk.

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2009
11:58 am

No big deal. Dooley used to do it all the time. He’d recruit QBs, put a little meat on them and turn them into DEs. Recruit the best athletes and put them where you need them. Samuel was supposed to be a sideline-to-sideline kind of LB in high school.

senoiadawgs

October 20th, 2009
12:02 pm

Anyone honestly commenting on this sees that Samuel has not future as a running back. Instinct isn’t taught either you have it or you don’t. He doesn’t have the cutback vision required for today’s running back, He doesn’t have the ability that good or great running backs have to bounce off tacklers or avoid going down because of an arm tackle. He doesn’t have a future at RB beyond college so why not give him a shot LB. He has the speed and toughness for the position and could possibly be outstanding.

Paul Johnson

October 20th, 2009
12:09 pm

We are going to run the ball, try and stop us Bulldogs.

Mikey

October 20th, 2009
12:24 pm

I would put Samuel at Safety and let him lay the wood to receivers and running backs.

Mikey

October 20th, 2009
12:26 pm

Mr. Johnson, there’s something we didn’t know. Thanks for sharing that.
The teams that play assignment football have success against the triple option. The teams that don’t have long days chasing after backs that should have been down before reaching the line of scrimmage.
By the way, UGA doesn’t do too well at assignment football, so you can figure it out from there.

jack bull

October 20th, 2009
12:42 pm

samuel at safety, boykin at RB….

charles

October 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

Why did it take this coaching staff 2 years ti figure out that Samuel isn’t a good fit at RB? Samuel ran last year exactly as he is running last year. The kid is a great athlete,but is not a RB. We’ve wasted Kiante Tripp’s career and will probably do the same with Samuel.

chazzo

October 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

Making mountains of mole hills. Any player on the team may change positions in the off season. Big deal. I really don’t think Richt is “sending messages” other than he wnats to win, and he is going to find the best players in the best positions to do it.

78 DAWG

October 20th, 2009
12:46 pm

With the salaries, recruits, resources and fans………Music City Bowl sounds about right.

William

October 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

How can you recruit anyone picked by Willie Martinez?

D Tech-Fan!

October 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

Georgia, welcome to the Music City Bowl! Really a great season for such a great program! All you UGA fans should be really proud! HaHaHa!!

Supes

October 20th, 2009
1:11 pm

I think Samuel is better suited for LB. He’s a high energy guy, but just doesn’t have the intangibles to be a great SEC back, a game breaker, the kind of guy who can give you 100+ every game and 20+ carries, who doesn’t go off the field on 3rd down.

At LB, you can use his high energy motor and fierce determination to seek contact with the opposition.

If Ealey and Thomas can become a 1-2 punch…it’ll better serve the 2010 UGA team to move Samuel to LB.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
1:12 pm

Man, what a dead sports day. Bill’s blog seems to be the most interesting. Samuel looks like Vince Dooley’s first impression of Herschel: “a big stiff back.”

How about that PAC-10? Washington State is a 36-point dog to Cal. Their only win was 30-27 over SMU in OT. Arizona State has been the only team to beat them by fewer than 2 TDs (13 points).

Bernie Matt

October 20th, 2009
1:17 pm

How about moving Ben Jones and Chris Davis to the bench if you want better running back production. Why doesn’t A.J. Harmon get his opportunity, he was anothe 5 star prospect coming out of high school. We need to put him in there with Boling, Anderson, Glenn and play the class valedictorian at center now. Ben Jones is garbage which is why Alabama let him leave the state. Anybody else notice Georgia comes no where close to getting the elite players from BAMA that they recruit. But they billed Jones as a gem that got overlooked. Hogwash. Stop sleep walking Richt. Georgia’s becoming joke in the conference, guys flying into this State in helicopters.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
1:22 pm

Those bowl predictions – UGA should not play a UNC or BC in a bowl. Pick a lesser bowl, if necessary. It’s a no win situation with the ACC, except maybe Clemson, a traditional rival. You’ll be damned if you win and damned if you lose.

George "Kingfish" Stevens

October 20th, 2009
1:22 pm

If’n it not for dem referees dat keeps messin us up, we’s be underdefeeted ever year.

ugaaccountant

October 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

I love it. We’re having a “terrible” season and still project to a better bowl than Tech normally gets. Yes Tech’s got a good team now, thanks to a good coach, but just a few years ago it was blue turf bowl or worse.

coachKR

October 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

How do you guys watch a game and not see that our running backs have no chance with the way our O line and fullbacks block???? Samuel had 5 per carry against Tn., but the pull him out? Hits the iso against Arkansas for 80 and a TD and we start running misdirection with him??? It is not Richard that is having the down year. He runs harder than any of the others. Stick a BLOCK!

coachKR

October 20th, 2009
1:33 pm

It isn’t Samuel’s fault. He runs harder than any of the others and has more upside than the others. He gets no blocking at all. The other guys don’t either. O Line and Fullbacks don’t block at all, Receivers don’t stick a block either. All we ant to do is fling it around and hope it doesn’t get picked. If you want to run the ball, coach them up and run the dang ball.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
1:41 pm

Probably 5-4 after Tennessee Tech. Then 3 season-defining games. It will change before then, of course, but Auburn, UGA and UK are 37, 38 and 33 in the Sagarin rankings.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
1:44 pm

Hey, the blue turf bowl was kinda fun. Definitely not your typical bowl site. Tech’s players loved the activities.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
1:47 pm

Oh, yeah..the Emerald Nut bowl…yuk. 3,000 miles to play Fresno St. Don’t do that one.

Dawg Nabbit

October 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

I believe I read an article about Samuel, where as a linebacker,a referee told him to go easy on the opposing players. He was hitting them too hard! Now that sounds like a future junkyard dawg! Let the big dawg eat!

Dawg Fud

October 20th, 2009
1:58 pm

Bill,

How could Richt be sending a message when he clearly does not understand messages, ie, that Georgia needs a new defensive scheme and coordinator who can make gametime adjustments?

gdawginkalamazoo

October 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

“If something doesn’t go right, a lot of times people want changes immediately. …

Uh Coach Richt… Let’s see about immediately? Ummm, Bama last year, GT last year, Florida last year, UT THIS year 2006 & 2007, South Carolina 2007, all the teams that hit us up for 30+ THIS year. I think there was a Vandy & KY win in there somewhere. IMO a change in the defensive scheme of things couldn’t happen soon enough. Things have not been trending (meaning long term changes) well on that side of the ball. Unfortunately you can’t just sit there and say this season or next year will be better without the appropiate adjustments. I’m just saying what keeps us from laying the 1 to 3 eggs we do a year?

Samuel will be fine no matter where he plays just as long as he is playing. Smart kid, great athlete.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
2:09 pm

Sounds like a linebacker. How’s his lateral movement, I wonder?

8-4 UGA – SEC competition for Chik-fil-a bowl. Auburn? SC? Auburn? UT? Ole Miss?
8-4 UGA – Same question for PapaJohn.com
7-5 UGA – Liberty Bowl?
6-6 UGA – Music City or Independence bowl?

coachKR

October 20th, 2009
2:13 pm

Of course, Richard leads the team in yards per carry too. Why wouldn’t you give him the rock more? let him tote it 20 times per game! BLOCK, BLOCK, Block!
Can we say block, O-Line?

Terrell

October 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

Until and unless all Dawg fans come to grips with the issues and understand that the core problem is coaching, you may as well start getting used to 6-6 or 7-5 seasons and going to the Toilet Bowl in mid-December, while teams with first-rate coaches like Florida, Alabama, and LSU play in January.

This message is presented as a public service to all suffering Dawg fans. I feel your pain.

Hootie Bookems

October 20th, 2009
2:43 pm

Richard Samuel can’t hold on to the ball. That is his #1 problem. The kid is probably best suited for linebacker, hopefully he can hold on to the ball for the remaining carries he gets this year.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
2:55 pm

I think I would opt for Pizza over a Chicken Sandwich.

Marie_the_Dawg_Girl

October 20th, 2009
2:56 pm

Y’all, we have to be realistic and steel ourselves to the outcome of the Florida game, which will be ugly. Florida would have to have their worst performance of the year for our boys to have a chance, and that just isn’t likely.

We do have enough talent to stay in the game, but as usual, the coaching just isn’t there. And you never know how many of our players will be in jail or suspended, sad to say.

Let’s all just stay focused on the one thing we fans can do, which is to come together to demand that Warden Richt and his cronies be fired. All you have to do is look at Florida, Alabama, and LSU to know that we can do so much better.

Marie_the_Dawg_Girl

October 20th, 2009
2:59 pm

Yeah, Cuz, pizza would be good. Make mine pepperoni.