Richt: Ealey even better, but QB may not surface until bullets are real

Washaun Ealey is only going to get better, Mark Richt says. (Georgiadogs.com)

Washaun Ealey is only going to get better, Mark Richt says. (Georgiadogs.com)

As spring practice gets under way, Chris Low of ESPN.com has been visiting Athens and posted some interesting quotes from Mark Richt in which the coach touched on a number of topics, including his “gut-wrenching” decision to fire most of his defensive staff after last season.

But the two comments that jumped out at me were dealing with subjects near and dear to Dogs fans’ hearts: the quarterback battle and tailback Washaun Ealey.

Richt again said that he’d love to have the starting QB settled after spring practice but “chances of that are going to be fairly slim.” The main problem, he said, is that the quarterbacks aren’t hit in practice, so you don’t know how they’ll do in a real game. “Now, if we decided to make every quarterback live, we’d probably know a lot more about him at the end of the spring. But it’s not worth taking that risk.”

And the matter won’t necessarily be closed when a starter is picked, Richt acknowledged. “You may think you’ve got your No. 1 and then you start playing the games and you’re on national TV and the bullets are flying. Sometimes, you’re three, four or five games into it before you get a gut feeling of who it should be or you’re really certain who it should be.”

OK, that’s not exactly a scenario Dogs fans want to envision.

But we can take comfort in the fact that Richt said Ealey has shown up big in the offseason mat drills, is even faster than originally thought and looks to be a much improved tailback in 2010.

“Washaun will only be better next season,” Richt said. “He will be in much better condition, will understand much better what we’re trying to do, and he’ll understand what it means to play in the league.”

Again, you get the definite impression that Richt and Mike Bobo are thinking they’re going to be leaning heavily on their running game, at least to start with, until they feel comfortable with whoever winds up at QB.

DOGS IN SEC ELITE FOR THE DECADE
Mark Inabinett of the Mobile Press-Register broke down the SEC records for the past decade (2000-2009), and the Dogs generally rank in the top three no matter how you look at it.

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). If you go by conference record, Georgia (55-25) was tied with LSU behind Florida (61-19). For nonconference record, the Dogs (43-6) were second behind LSU (44-6) and ahead of the mighty Gators (39-11). Going by record against other BCS conferences, Georgia (21-5) was on top, followed by LSU (13-4), Kentucky (9-5), Florida (13-10) and Auburn (10-10) and Alabama (7-7).

Finally, he notes that Florida, Georgia and LSU were the only SEC teams that went to bowls after every season of the decade.

A pretty impressive record.

148 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

March 4th, 2010
10:51 am

The QB situation will be fine. The opener will get things in motion. I predict that Murray and Mett will play in columbia by the 2nd game.

Defense is going to be better. Running game needs to keep them off the field.

Logan Gray needs to go play WR.

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

DawgGirl32

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

Impressive indeed. Mark Richt has certainly elevated this program to new heights. We are very lucky to have him

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
10:53 am

GeoffDawg

March 4th, 2010
10:58 am

More compelling evidence that CMR hot seat enthusiasts are mostly ignorant.

Exley DAWG

March 4th, 2010
11:00 am

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL

dylandawg

March 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Another thing of note is how many games UGA played vs. BSC conference schools compared to the others. Not even close.

atl-xmen

March 4th, 2010
11:03 am

just incase bulldawg the auburn fan didnt read this..here is a stat you always seem to avoid putting out there on your useless posts.

DOGS IN SEC ELITE FOR THE DECADE
Mark Inabinett of the Mobile Press-Register broke down the SEC records for the past decade (2000-2009), and the Dogs generally rank in the top three no matter how you look at it.

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). If you go by conference record, Georgia (55-25) was tied with LSU behind Florida (61-19). For nonconference record, the Dogs (43-6) were second behind LSU (44-6) and ahead of the mighty Gators (39-11). Going by record against other BCS conferences, Georgia (21-5) was on top, followed by LSU (13-4), Kentucky (9-5), Florida (13-10) and Auburn (10-10) and Alabama (7-7).

Finally, he notes that Florida, Georgia and LSU were the only SEC teams that went to bowls after every season of the decade.

A pretty impressive record.

lazydawg

March 4th, 2010
11:05 am

There are only two seasons Football season and waiting on Football season.

SEC FANATIC

March 4th, 2010
11:06 am

GATORS=TEAM OF THE DECADE.

Delbert D.

March 4th, 2010
11:10 am

Can’t the guy just make a decision??? The man’s office should be nicknamed “Waffle House”.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:13 am

Any quarterback will do better than Joe Cox. The running game will be awesome. The defense, that was much better under CRG and grad assistants, will be dominating again under real defensive (versus the fired defenseless) coaches. GO DAWGS.

devildawg

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Wow, the mighty Bama only played 14 games against non-conference BCS teams and went 7-7. Two years does not a team make. You guys are pitiful.

CUNK ROGERS

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

R U Sure I was not first???

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:14 am

Coach Urban Cryer no longer has Tim Crybow, lost his OC last year and his DC this year. He will wish he took the permanent leave of absence once the Dawgs reclaim Jax!

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:15 am

And with Bama going 7-7, with many of their non-conference games against powder puffs, what does that say about Dick Satan?

McDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:16 am

i love DawgGirl’s positive attitude

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:17 am

Of course, let’s not forget to give credit to Wuss Piles who lobbied his way into the BCS Champ game when UGA clearly had the better team, ranked #4 when top 2 teams lost. Smashed UF, Auburn and others!

bruce mac

March 4th, 2010
11:20 am

I am sure Bulldawg is cutting and pasting his ignorance right now. Everyone else is wrong and he is right. Poor Bulldawg is just plain pitiful.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:24 am

Absolutely impressive stats for Richt. But no doubt most of those big wins occurred thru ‘05. With the exception of ‘07, we haven’t even been in the running for the division since ‘05. Coaching changes to date will help, but Richt may still have to bring in a big-time OC to challenge for the SEC title again.

How2fish

March 4th, 2010
11:30 am

Alright let get this started !

cream puff

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Yes FLA has owned Ga over the decade for sure but they have 2 more wins than Ga with the 3 cream puffs they played last year vs our 1. We would be even if we would have had their schedule. Amazing

andy

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

dawgfacedboy

March 4th, 2010
11:32 am

Too bad he didn’t get anybody any experience at QB last season. Fans would’ve been much more forgiving with even a 5 or 6 win season if we were breaking in a freshman or 2 at QB. NOw the “transition” excuse is going to take 2 years intstead of 1. Hope it was worth playing Cox.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:33 am

bruce mac, you are truly the ignorant one, you can’t even read “BigDawg” and certainly cannot write. I pity you and any one who knows you. Please tell me you are not procreating (that means having children).

Tailback U

March 4th, 2010
11:33 am

Bill
Another fine example of the reason most Georgia fans have
confidence in CMR to bring us back up again.
I suppose you have to give the nod to Alabama as the team
with the best running back situation given that they have
the HT winner coming back. But is there any
other team SEC team that you would rate as the running back
sitauation being better than Georgia’s going into next season ?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 4th, 2010
11:39 am

All of that success and yet DuLLdawg (a Tech poser) continues to bash Ga’s coaching staff and players. It has and will continue to be a great run for this program. Ga is lucky to have the coaching staff it has. I, for one, think Murray will be the QB next year and beyond

Ryan

March 4th, 2010
11:46 am

So am I adding incorrectly or did Georgia have the most wins against BCS schools of all SEC teams last decade?

Gratefuldawghead

March 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Get ready to buy some # 3 Jersey’s! Ealey is switching it from # 24!

Preston

March 4th, 2010
11:55 am

The numbers don’t lie. We have a fine coach in Mark Richt and I applaud him for making the tough but wise decision to make changes on the defensive staff. If we can get our D back in the same neighborhood as what we had during the BVG era, we’ll be playing for championships. No doubt in my mind.

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Just FYI, we do need 3 QB’s on the depth chart. Not sure the coaches want true freshman Hutson Mason #3 just yet.

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
11:57 am

“GATORS=TEAM OF THE DECADE”
Yeh, that 5-5 bowl record rocks baby!

JB

March 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think we need to get off this idea that we can’t win the SEC without an experienced QB. Alabama just did it. Heck, they went 12-0 with John Parker Wilson! What Bulldog fan really has a problem with saying we’re going to focus on the run, protecting the ball & playing good defense?

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:03 pm

“Get ready to buy some # 3 Jersey’s! Ealey is switching it from # 24!”

I really wish he wouldn’t. I abolutely hate it when players do this. Kregg Lumpkin never looked the same to me wearing #6 (i think).
When I see #24, I think Ealy. I don’t even remember who wore it last ;)

RxDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

“Heck, they went 12-0 with John Parker Wilson!”
You mean Gregg McElroy JB

Silencio

March 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

So Apothecary Dawg, you wouldn’t trade our vaunted bowl record for 2 NC’s from the Gators?

Gimme a break

bruce mac

March 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

Bigdawg, I am on your team brother. I am referring to another poster. But I am probably ignorant and no I am not “whatever you said”.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

I’d trade our bowl record for ONE of the Gators’ NC’s.

I sure hope Richt and Bobo don’t get wishy-washy with the QB deal like they did in ‘06…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

UGA had 28 turnovers last year on offense (only 10 teams in the nation were worse out of a hundred and 40 something) and they were near the bottom defensively getting turnovers. That and poor kick off coverage are the main reasons they lost 5 games last year. If the new QB can cut the turnovers in half (14) UGA will be 75% better on offense. Just hand the ball off and throw the ball about 30 % of the time – primarily on patterns of 15 yards or less – with maybe 3 long balls a game and they will have a good offense. The defense had problems last year for sure but a lot of it was mistakes by the offense putting the defense back on the field in bad situations.

UGA's Bowl Record

March 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

Yeh, ZERO titles since 1880 er um 1980 are pretty staggering…..let it sink in Puppy fans. Yeah, thought so, I’ll take UF’s 5-5 bowl record and two of the last four Title’s thank you very much. Remember, next year it’s one for the thumb and toes X 2 in Jax. For you UGA grads that’s 18 out of 20 because we know your missing digits and teeth.

1eyedJack

March 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

Don’t you just hate it when nerds pose as gators?

1eyedJack

March 4th, 2010
12:32 pm

If you got no ammo of your own just shoot somebody else’s gun.

BadDog

March 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

“Sometimes, you’re three, four or five games into it before you get a gut feeling of who it should be or you’re really certain who it should be.” Logan, Murray and Mett must have been pretty bad last year if their gut feeling didn’t tell them Cox wasn’t the guy after the pitiful UT massacre.

WonderDawg

March 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

BigDawg, I don’t know if the running game will be so “awesome.” It worked the last two games, against pretty pitiful defenses, but was non-existant in SEC games. This season, conference DCs will play the run, forcing our baby-faced QB to win the game with his arm. And does anyone trust Bobo to out-adjust those DCs during a game? I say we will run good (and win) against the inferior teams, run so-so and go 50/50 against the evenly matched teams (SC, UT, AU, Tech, UK, CO) and get stopped cold and lose to the superior one (guess who). I just don’t think we can expect a QB with no experience to be consistant enough to win 9 or 10 games, when even Greene and Stafford couldn’t do it.

Spin it anyway you like but Dawgs are 3rd.

March 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

In overall record, Georgia (98-31) came in third behind Florida (100-30) and LSU (99-31). And that includes 3 years of Ron Zook.

GT

March 4th, 2010
12:50 pm

If Georgia starts running they will be a top 10 team next year. It is when they try to gun it out that they get beat, no matter who the quarterback. It is clock control. Watch Alabama from last year.

The Real Question

March 4th, 2010
12:51 pm

Only true Dawgs can answer this: What would we rather have, a shot at the NC or a nice program going to a good bowl (except for 2009) every year?

No Les Miles Fan here

March 4th, 2010
1:02 pm

Once again BigDawg shows his ignorance. No matter if Miles cried and begged or not. In 2007 IF UGA would have won the SEC EAST they would have played for the SEC title. How can you have a team that came in 3rd in the SEC(behind UT and LSU) play for the title. If UGA had not of choked agains UT and taken care of business they would have had a chance.

Washaun Ealey Rocks The House!

March 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

UGA has learned the hard way that success in the SEC means this:

RUN OR DIE!

Period.

Richt is 40-3 when Richt get A 100 YARD RUSHER!!!!

Ealey’s ONLY weakness last season was his conditioning. In the Tech game, his ypc went down each quarter, while King’s got better each quarter. Pass-blocking? Come on now.

If Ealey works hard in the off-season, gets faster, stronger, more endurance, knows the play-book better, he should win the Heisman.

Here’s why I say that.

He should get 25 touches a game, with King/Smith/Wooten splitting up the other 15 carries.

25 x 6 yards = 180 a game x 14 games = 2500 yards, about 15-20 td’s

Ealey ran well against great defenses like LSU and Florida, while King struggled against the better defenses, for example, King got 1 yard per carry against LSU.

Ealey is SPECIAL folks, time for the rest of the world to see why this guy got 8100 yards and 133 td’s in High School and is BEATING Herschel Walker’s 5.29 ypc average at UGA.

Ealey’s at 5.7 ypc, I believe he’ll be over 7 ypc in 2010 if he gets more reps in practice and games. Ealey has earned the right to be the #1 go-to back.

Give Ealey the Ball.

Washaun Ealey Rocks The House!

March 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

Oops, that’s 150 a game x 14 games, still over 2000 yards.