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

jeffrey d

March 4th, 2010
4:18 pm

Caleb King is a punk. I will never forget the way he did his old high school team

What??? A high schooler acting immaturely?? Get out!

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

bigsouthmike,

You dont’ remember Ealey’s fumble? I’m not saying King is perfect, but I really don’t get the way everything he overcame and did last season is just cast aside. Ealey’s fumble lost that game against Kentucky. They both fumbled this season.

Saint Clarkston

March 4th, 2010
4:20 pm

Ealy, King, Greene, three top notch tight ends and Brown with
star potential. Thats an offense that will be hard to stop. This
is the perfect set up for an inexperienced qb.

Joe Terrorshenski

March 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

I think I still have sum L gibility left so I may try out for QB at GA again.

dawgfan

March 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

Saint Clarkston — Thank you!!!

I don’t understand Georgia fans who will seize the opportunity to pick apart individual players – I swear there are agents on here or family members trying to set up some $$$ to cash in on or something. There is a LOT about a LOT of the kids on offense to get excited about. There’s just no need to pick on individuals, especially when they worked, performed and scored last year.

BigDawg

March 4th, 2010
4:31 pm

Hey North Ave Trade School Fa$

Sounds like you’re more than a bit jealous, UGA fans have girls, GT fans don’t, just maybe a lot more like girls. BTW, what is a nat you ignorant tickler in the dog pile? And when the dogs loose? Perhaps you mean gnat and lose, so much for a good education at GT, can’t even spell a first grade word, hmm… Go see Saint Simons
Quote from Yellow Bellied Jacket
“Big Dawg, Bad dog, Fire Hydrant Dawg,…! Why don’t you folks get a bleeping life. It’s football for god’s sake. I know all of you likely beat yo women when the dogs have a bad game. Below the nat line in this state, hospitals know when the dogs loose, a lot of females end up in the emergency room. A few six packs and thats all it takes.”

mike-dawg

March 4th, 2010
4:32 pm

Ealey = I RUN…………THIS STATE. He is definitely the better back. He reminds of one who wore the #7 back in Dooley’s last years. That’s right, Rodney Hampton. Tired of watching King run up lineman’s backs. He is a good alternative, but Ealey should be the starter.

Hickson in Moultrie

March 4th, 2010
4:42 pm

dylandawg

Those are games against BCS CONFERENCES–not teams. If you look up Ga’s opponenent’s very few of them were in the BCS the yr Georgia played them. Look at Richt’s last 4 years–a program that’s falling fast.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 4th, 2010
4:48 pm

Judging on how long it took Ealey and King admitted, I’d like to know if they can read yet. They’ve both always been able to run…

And Dawg Fan, I think you’re spot on. I think recent events have shown that UGA’s coaches look out for themselves first and foremost.

DaddyDawg

March 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

The photo hear yesterday seemed to confirm the Aaron Murray weight rumors making the rounds. He looked more like 240 than 210. What is it with the workout program over there? Can’t we get these guys in shape and keep them game ready. Hide the cookies, late night pizza, and beers. Please

Steve

March 4th, 2010
5:15 pm

Randy

March 4th, 2010
5:17 pm

“Easley can run” Here we go!!!!!!!!!!! I guess last year he had a broken leg? maybe a pulled hamstring? or they weren’t aware he was even on the team? Go ahead Georgia get those national championship hopes sky high so they can be brought down to earth and your bubble burst. Georgi finishes third in the east again.

You must be Kidding !

March 4th, 2010
5:35 pm

We pay CMR millions and he and Boo Boo still doesnt have a clue on who will be our QB this fall? Just goes to show UGA will still have problems. UGA football is still a Circus and Mark Richt is a real Bozo!

Mark

March 4th, 2010
6:16 pm

It doesn’t matter who is at QB or how well Ealey can run if our beloved Dawgs can’t cut down on the number of penalties and penalty yards each game.

We are proud of you

March 4th, 2010
6:31 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com We just sent our first UGA calssic tin lunchbox to a army hero working in Iraq. We love you and are proud, may God Bless you and keep you safe until your return home. Go Dawgs!!

ThreeSheets

March 4th, 2010
6:38 pm

Year end and out, all of you dogs fans begin the same old chant of how great a recruiting class you have, how great everybody is, how you will finish the drill, climb the mountain, cowboy up, but yet the dogs have nothing to show for it. Yep, you own the Jackets as far as overall wins, but the dogs are 1-1 against Johnson. Until you beat the Gators, Tigers, Vols et al, the chant means nothing. Even the Braves stopped the what iffing some years back. As a wise old woman stated, kiss old rusty. What if my butt.

RUN EALEY RUN

March 4th, 2010
6:47 pm

I have heard this before, Mark better know who is quarterback after spring. If not, it will be a long season-Joe T.& Joe Cox all over again!

ElDiabloFightinChicken

March 4th, 2010
7:05 pm

If you are reading this you really need to examine the priorities in your life. If UGA sports, and UGA football in particular, are the passion of your life I feel sorry for those who love and care for you.

3 QBs walk into a bar

March 4th, 2010
7:08 pm

. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. Richt is setting himself and the program up for another distracting and disruptive season. Amazing there are no brothers among the quarterback corps…

Bill King

March 4th, 2010
7:11 pm

ElDiablo:

So why are you reading a UGA blog?

JunkYardDawg

March 4th, 2010
7:20 pm

Very good article, Bill. Nice reply to the USCe yard bird fan as well! I think UGA will be fine this year regardless of the starting QB. The defense will be MUCH more aggressive and disciplined under the new coach. I’d say at least 9 wins with their schedule but we’ll see. GATA!!

heeldawg

March 4th, 2010
7:26 pm

Wonderdawg, you say, “with the exception of 2007, Georgia hasn’t vene been in the running for the Division title since 2005.” Which means that we had subpar seasons in 2006, 2008 and 2009. This is the very definition of stating the obvious.

I think the roots of the problem have been solved–intensity and focus on defense will be back. The offense will be fine. Here’s to another 10-win season (and 100 wins by Richt in 10 seasons!).

Oh Oh

March 4th, 2010
7:50 pm

What’s with these coaches and their inability to evaluate talent? How can’t you know which QB has the right stuff. Last year there were at least 5 times that Cox went thru with plays that he would have had his clocked cleaned during G-day. Mr. Happy Feet Gray would have wound up in the first row because he thinks he is faster than everyone (note to Logan; it ain’t H.S. anymore). How much could Met have improved, and how? Does he look good dropping back AT PRACTICES? Maybe Murray isn’t as mobile as he once was, and never recovered from the broken leg? Is his arm still suspect? No is the answer to both questions, he is, and has been fine. Is CMR trying the ol’ Rope-a-Dope”. There is no way that Met is as far along as Murray, now I’m not saying that he won’t get to that point some day, but just watching him is painful. Gray, could have been the guy, if only the coaches would have worked with him at keeping his eyes down field and his feet under control.
So, what’s up? Is this CMR preparing UGA fans for a wait till next year already, or what could have been if only. Will he blow the season and have to play catch-up once again this year. If “going live” is the only way that these guys can tell who should be the starter “then have at it”. How can you go into a season with questions that can be answered this spring. Not a coach, nor a fan, but I follow a few of your players.

HardTruthSoldier...

March 4th, 2010
7:52 pm

Folks, Time for some hard truth! Florida, and Bama, and LSU (Not by much) have played much weaker non-conference games, Florida was exposed in the SEC CG, and this is really the year the DAWGS suppose to turn the corner. DAWG NATION you have a beast named Ken Malcolm coming in at tailback that will get reps right away, Jakar(Hitman) Hamilton and Shaun Williams (as good as Ogletree) might be your two safeties and Ogletree used as a nickel/ Linebacker type in the 3-4. This, DAWG NATION is going to be an exciting year, and I’m guaranteeing a TOP 10 Finish with Auburn being UGA’s biggest threat this year Bama Fans will sleep on Auburn till they see that there legit to the core, and naturally the folks down in the Bayou feel this is there year for the talent to grow up.Alabama your good, but no team losses Cody, McClain, A.Williams off there Defense and has at best a “serviceable QB and wins Back to Back Titles. UT fans I know you want to be included in this discussion, and I’ll say this, New Head Coach(That isn’t proven) and no QB. You are the weakest link.(Better hope Nance works out with his boy Da’Creep Rodgers) and the bottom of all the premier SEC schools in 2010!….Finally Ealey and Caleb both go over a 1,000 a piece, because UGA’s down field targets are gonna be big, fast, and better. Remember SEC Fans Brown, Wooten, and Charles were just freshmen, Aron White is a junior, and T. k ing is a redshirt sophomore. The QB ,whoever it will be will have targets as big as the TOYOTA RECALL. This is the year of the Dawg, and North Avenue Trade School/ Varsity workers we will Maul ya’ll this year.BTW tell Reggie Ball I said the ice cream goe’s on top, and not the bottom of the fried Peach Pie next time I order.

Football Fan

March 4th, 2010
7:59 pm

For the love of all that is holy and in the name of baby Jesus, please stop posting “First” as soon as an article pops up. It is puerile at a minimum and makes people who post on AJC seem like guys who have no life. How about instead of posting “First” you make it a point to contribute in a meaningful way by commenting on the article.

Since Vince

March 4th, 2010
8:11 pm

hard truth soldier….. cut the crap excuses about teams weaker schedule. Fact is Florida has bashed UGA’s brains out the last two years. Tenn. has done so 3 times out of the last 4 . Fans like myself want to see results on the field by these million dollar coaches. We can sit here and speculate on who is gonna be great and who is gonna do this and that for for UGA all we want if we want to kid ourselves . Bottom line is at the end of the day the coaches need to produce some results. UGA has had a Moreno , a Stafford and others but hasnt sniffed a SEC championship with these good players. So what makes all of us think that next year or really 2011 is gonna be great for UGA. Its time for CMR to put some proof in the pudding!

CitizenK9

March 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Georgia’s ” sports car offense” (either racing down the field or in the shop) requires balance between run and pass to be consistently effective. Balance sounds good but we see what happens when one phase is not effective -three and out (into the shop). We don’t have “bread and butter” plays to fall back on. I think we’ll finally reap the benefits of all the O-line experience and have the machine fine- tuned this year.

Dawg 39

March 4th, 2010
8:46 pm

Sorry Folks,But the Dawgs are “Just Fine”.. The offense will be Awesome, period. The defense will get better as the season pogresses & will give SEC Offenses fits from game 1 on. Even our Kick Off
coverage team will be much improved. Ealey will be the Man and the next 3 years will be Great. CMR is not going anywhere and I am extremely greatful for that. GO DAWGS.

Dawg Craze

March 4th, 2010
9:10 pm

Ealey will be first team all SEC in 2010 along with ingram—mark it down! The dawgs will have a dominating Oline and ealey will be putting up huge numbers. Look for the dawgs to beat uf and ut and win the SEC east, and play bama for the title! The Dawg machine is back!

I-DOG

March 4th, 2010
11:21 pm

El Diablo,

I think my loved ones are more concerned about my terrible crack habit than they are with my enjoying UGA football, but to each their own.

Somebody was calling for Brandon Smith to return punts. Yikes! Last year he didn’t just carry the ball like a loaf of bread he carried it like it had poison spikes on it. EVERY opposing teams will watch film on that and coach their players to strip the ball from him as it is easy pickin’s.

He should not be allowed the privilige of handling the football for UGA until he has gained adequate upper body strength and learned proper technique for securing the football. Blazing speed is great, but does it really matter how fast a guy can run over to the bench after he fumbles? I love his potential, but every time he touches the ball it is an adventure and you can’t win like that.

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2010
1:32 am

I just hope the brilliant “BuLLdawg” will show up soon……….I’m begining to feel optomistic about 2010, Oh, heavens ! What am I to do ?

BuLLdawg

March 5th, 2010
6:27 am

REUBEN HOUSTON was NEVER ordered by the Court to have to play against The Georgia Bulldogs in 2005. But, on the 1st opportunity to put Reuben Houston into the game, Georgia tek certainly ceased the moment and played him against UGA. Played and played and played Reuben Houston the whole entire game.

georgiadawg70

March 5th, 2010
7:20 am

I CMR is still having trouble deciding if Logan Grey is going to be the starting QB we are in more trouble than I thought.

jerry

March 5th, 2010
7:25 am

bigdawg: Aren’t you the clever one, with your little made up names?

Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
8:50 am

What is more impressive about UGA’s non-conference schedule is that it was loaded up with a bunch of non-BCS schools. Along with the annual GT game you had Colorado, Boise State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State with only a couple of the former 1-AA’s. And not only this but going 8-2 in bowl victories over other non-conference BCS competition.

If you want to see a bunch of patsy non-conference play take a look at ALA, LSU and UF.

Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
8:57 am

What I meant to say is that the schedule “was not loaded up with a bunch of non-BCS schools.”.

Spin it anyway you want Boca Baby

March 5th, 2010
9:27 am

Talk about the schedule all you want, I believe you have Charleston Southern coming in 2011, but you cant escape the fact that Suntan boy is 2-7 against the gators, 4-4 in the SEC for 2 out of the last 4 years with home losses to KY and Vandy; and that is pitiful.

BITTER tennersea fan

March 5th, 2010
11:23 am

washan and aron murrry going bee next package deal, going steal them there goega boy’s, vols rule, we owner goega, lane kiffin best couch haha da rick and his sissy friend nash rule

BITTER reggie ball

March 5th, 2010
11:39 am

hard truth i will put that ice cream on bottom if i wont too. tek rules, i never throw a interception recievers screwed up. im coimg back for a six year medical, watch

Dawgs Maximus

March 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

The UGA running game—best in the SEC in 2010—bet the house! With that top oline and primo backs—Dawgs win the SEC east!

RED DOG 77

March 5th, 2010
11:52 pm

I am begining to like this “Dawg39″ guy….Seems to have an optomistic yet realistic view of the 2010 GEORGIA BULLDOGS. The only exception I would have with his last post is, although I would agree Washaun Ealey will have a “breakout” year in 2010, look for the oft criticized Caleb King to finally reach his long anticapated potential, and ‘run wild” himself. UGA will make every other SEC team look silly compared to the way the DOGS will run the football. The BULLDOG offense will go into most games looking their opponent square in the eyes and say ” We are about to run the dadguum ball straight down your throat ” and then, do just that ! …………I firmly believe that if we can get to game 4 or 5 with all wins, we will have , by then a QB that will be capable of taking us to the SEC championahip game !!………….You like play-action ? by the 4th or 5th game, our running game will be so dominant, any QB we have, will be able to float a “bomb” to a wide open Green, Charles, Wootin, Brown, King, or mabe even Branden Smith. Our offense is the key to our defense, keep em off the field, give em time to gel, and by game 5 or 6, I don’t think many points will be scored on us ! The sky is the limit for the 2010 University Of Georgia BULLDOG football team !!!

dawgboy

March 6th, 2010
12:42 am

dawgfan ur an idiot! That fumble against UK was cox’s fault! That pitch is a one-step soft pitch not a two step hard pitch! Dont call anybody like that when he cant defend himself!!! washaun is the feature back this year!

Harmon Wages

March 6th, 2010
1:56 pm

What is the status of RB Dontavious Jackson? Is he in the dog house for something? He looks very quick with some speed to get to the corner.I know he was highly recruited coming out of high school!

AltamahaDawg

March 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

I think its been very well established that Ealey lined up too shallow and ran straight ahead on what was a called sweep. Now Joe might have done more to make sure everybody was on the same page in the huddle, but according to coaches and players, it WAS Ealey’s mistake.

RED DOG 77

March 8th, 2010
2:00 am

AltamahaDawg, you are absolutely right! it was Ealey’s bad, but 2010 is a new year, and I don’t think that will happen as much this year with any of our backs. CMR has said a number of times, the #1 priority is going to be to protect the ball, and I believe him.

dawgboy

March 9th, 2010
12:09 am

well that is yalls opinions. but washaun is the best back we have.

RED DOG 77

March 9th, 2010
1:14 am

dawgboy……….Please, don’t be mistaken, I love Washaun Ealey ! And I would agree he is the best we have. In fact, I was saying he would be when he was still in HighSchool. Would you agree though, Caleb King will probubly break-out, and run “wild” this year as well? Regards, RED

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