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

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
3:19 pm

Marie do you feel the need to post the same meaningless drivel on every blog you find? At least you could change the wording instead of cut and paste.

Cuz

October 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

And this just in from the DC “Free Willie” fantasy league. The results of the head to head competition of Chavis and Coach Martnez, the i is silent, are in. In a stunning upset, Coach Willie emerged the victor with a 14 over Coach Chavis with an 18. The sack total was the key. Six for Willie’s Warriors versus zero for Chavis’ Chumps. The Dawgs loss to LSU was not due to our inept Coach W. Better point the finger somewhere else for this game.

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
3:31 pm

OK, let’s try this to get some interesting stuff going:
Redskins HC Jim Zorn was relived of his play-calling duties, and they brought in retired Sherman Lewis as a consultan to call plays. They decided to humiliate him rather than just fire him? I think he will be doing something else next year…

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
3:33 pm

That’s “relieved” and “consultant”. I gotta get another keyboard.

Bradley G

October 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

Richt rightly notes there were comebacks in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and is hoping for more of the same in 2009. So, let’s recap: The coaching staff has caused a need for comebacks in three of the last four seasons, and there is nothing wrong with this??? Are you serious???

Delbert D.

October 20th, 2009
3:36 pm

Cuz – Anybody is subject to having an “on” day. Look at Wommack’s results with the D against VaTech.

Wildbill

October 20th, 2009
4:34 pm

Making changes to the lineup seems a very good move. Changes in the coaching lineup also seems a very good move. Having said this, however, these ‘changes’ might not be more than merely changing the subject of the questionable performance by the coaching staff as a whole. I guess it will be player changes now, and coaching changes when the season is over.

Shananeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeeeee

October 20th, 2009
4:37 pm

Gator D – 6 Games = 4 Touchdowns Allowed, 52 Total Points Surrendered.

Average Total Yards Allowed Per Game Top 5
Florida – 228.3
Bama – 228.7
N. Carolina – 237.7
TCU – 238.0
Penn State – 238.9
Dawgs – 365.6

Average Points Allowed Per Game Top 5
Florida – 8.7
Penn Sate – 8.7
Oklahoma – 9.7
Bama – 11.6
USC – 11.7
Dawgs – 27.7

Neon Leon

October 20th, 2009
5:09 pm

Hey UGA fans…. Tennessee just scored again. LOL……

shane#1

October 20th, 2009
5:17 pm

Samuel is a good kid but with King and Thomas getting a lot of carries and Ealey starting to make waves LB may be the best spot for him. No message needs to be sent, UGA has plenty of RBs but will have some room at LB. An athlete like Samuel needs to be on the field both at linebacker or safety and on kick coverage. I predict he will be a star on D with his combination of size and speed and his aggressive play.

browndog

October 20th, 2009
7:37 pm

Still five games to go……..anything can happen. I just hope the team shows improvement, regardless of the outcome of the remaining games. Sure would like to beat GT though.

Macclenny_man

October 20th, 2009
7:42 pm

I agree with Richt!!! No need to move players in the season 2 much to learn!!! But as far as coaches go they can add some plays on defense and offense!!! Not change everything but just add some different packages!!! Also they can play the young guys!!! Just because they might not know all the plays their skills can make a difference!!! Just because we have older guys doesn’t always mean better!!! Maybe the older guys need to know if they are not performing we will go with young guys!!!!

Dawgs R us

October 20th, 2009
9:29 pm

I wonder if we move Samuel to LB, then who takes his spot at RB? Not like we have some major studs coming in next year. Ken Malcom will be a fine player in time but will need a year.

Harmon Wages

October 20th, 2009
10:45 pm

Samuel looks and runs like a linebacker. I thought D. Jackson (27) looked really fast and quick getting to the corner. Why hasn’t he played? If not linebacker would fullback work for Samuel,(need to put on a little more weight)?

Cannonball Butler

October 20th, 2009
11:26 pm

Bowl Game??? Bowl Game?????

elderdawg

October 21st, 2009
8:41 am

Even though he broke a Peach Bowl record playing qb, I’m sure Hines Ward is glad he moved to wide reciever at UGA. I am surprised Samuel hasn’t insisted on moving to a position which gives him the best chance of playing on Sundays. It sure isn’t at RB.

Kendawg

October 21st, 2009
10:42 am

How do you go to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl with a 5-7 record?

Lilburn Dawg

October 21st, 2009
11:48 am

Shane#1, who are our “plenty” of RB’s?

trackerdawg

October 21st, 2009
1:03 pm

Terrell is absolutely correct. Our teams issues start at the top. We are the lowest ranked team with the quality of recruits we have in the nation. We are at the bottom on offense, defense, turnover margin and penalties. This all stems from coaching. Mediocrity should not be in our vocab. Georgia produces great athletes and the last couple years our coaches have found a way to waist it.

EAZY E

October 21st, 2009
3:17 pm

What is the problem with Samuel? He was the #1 guy going into the season. Honestly I have not watched the games in depth so I don’t understand why he is considering it. What is Samuel doing wrong, has he fumbled alot or something?

shane#1

October 21st, 2009
4:36 pm

By plenty of RBS I was refering to Ealey, Thomas, and King. Four RBs in the rotation are a bit much. King and Ealey can spell each other and Thomas can be a situational back. Samuel can be a real stud at LB.

Grind

October 21st, 2009
9:02 pm

I have a message for him to – You will not play in a game at the Georgia Dome during your career at UGA.

J Dog

October 21st, 2009
9:09 pm

Samuel has no shake & bake, he’s a linebacker. The offense needs to run a few screens every game to Carlton Thomas and leave King & Ealey at TB. We need to break in a new QB as well, get ready for next year. But with our coaching staff, nonthing rational will happen, so who cares.

kevin

October 22nd, 2009
10:18 am

Richard Samuel isn’t the caliber of back that should be in UGA’s back field…..Caleb King and Ealey are…but they gotta step up and play! I saw Bacari Rambo play high school ball…..now there is an athelete that can run the dang ball…………but Richt likes this loyalty crap….Joe T…remember him…”wow”! Play the best players….dang this “we owe it to the seniors to play them”….Joe Cox isn’t in the top two QB’s on this team…Aaron Murray and Gray…in that order. And Richt needs to learn….you DO make changes when this isn’t a new problem…Willie M…has had problems for three years…..BoBo isn’t a D-1 Offensive Coordinator………but Richt hates to be wrong and wants to look like he knew what he was doing all along……well Mark the road is drawing narrow……..and you damn sure aren’t above UGA getting rid of your ass……ask one of our boys Ray Goff how that works! And for the Ga Tech fans…….you aren’t that good….fair at best………you have only beat UGA one time in eight years……that doesn’t suck….it swallows!

coachKR

October 22nd, 2009
2:39 pm

With our blocking, Walker, Hearst, Smith, Brown and Moreno would be getting hit behind the line too. Kind of hard to run for positive yards if you have to shake and bake as soon as you get the handoff! We need better line play period!!!

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October 22nd, 2009
7:57 pm

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