Washaun Ealey still has a big role to play for the Dogs

Washaun Ealey still looks to get valuable playing time for the Dogs. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Washaun Ealey still looks to get valuable playing time for the Dogs. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Thank goodness “indefinite” turned out to mean less than three weeks when it came to Washaun Ealey’s suspension. Now let’s just hope that this very public dressing-down got Ealey’s attention and he continues to “take care of his business” in what Mark Richt calls “the Georgia way.”

Because despite having the future star lined up in Isaiah Crowell, the Dogs very much need Ealey on their roster this season.

The most obvious reason is because you can never have too many tailbacks, as Ray Goff learned during the nightmare season of 1995 that ended his coaching career, when he went through half a dozen backs because of a ridiculous string of injuries. Crowell missed games in high school due to injury, so even if he does emulate Marcus Lattimore and surge to the top of the depth chart right away, having an experienced, talented (albeit underperforming) junior like Ealey next in line is a big plus.

Also, since very few backs these days carry the ball anywhere near as many times per game as in the Herschel Walker era, both Crowell and Ealey are likely to get plenty of playing time. And it’s going to take a while for Crowell to master everything a back needs to do in Mike Bobo’s offense, especially the blocking responsibilities.

But most importantly, as I noted when Ealey’s suspension was first announced, Crowell needs to earn the starting job through competition. It will make him a better back if he has to work hard for that status. It also will give him a better chance of achieving the goals he brashly stated last week of wanting to be a freshman All-American who runs “for more than 1,000 yards.”

And, of course, it will make Georgia a better team. Which is what this is all about.

So welcome back, Washaun. And please try hard to keep doing things the “Georgia way.”

Sport the Isaiah Crowell look. (Lids.com)

Sport the Isaiah Crowell look. (Lids.com)

ISAIAH’S CAP

Speaking of Crowell, if you would like one of those nifty 59Fifty Inner State fitted caps featuring an embroidered outline of the state of Georgia filled with the Bulldog mascot like Crowell sported on signing day, you can order one here.

Unfortunately, they don’t come with the bulldog puppy.

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177 comments Add your comment

ncdawg

March 1st, 2011
11:06 am

ugafan2011

March 1st, 2011
11:08 am

Big Bad John

March 1st, 2011
11:08 am

You’re the man, ncdawg

Snake Doc

March 1st, 2011
11:14 am

The CEO fails again!

jp

March 1st, 2011
11:37 am

Where does Caleb fit in to all this?

GaDawg

March 1st, 2011
11:41 am

I hope he fits in somewhere; he might be on the verge of flunking out of school!

Gayterds lick nutts

March 1st, 2011
11:41 am

Let us hope that our O line does a better job then the last couple years.

Bill King

March 1st, 2011
11:47 am

JP:

Good question. Assuming he manages to stay academically eligible and doesn’t suffer any more suspensions or injuries, Caleb King no doubt will be needed, too. He’s certainly the best blocker of the tailbacks.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
11:48 am

If the S&C program does not produce results and the team does not buy in to the new discipline approach, none of this will matter. We will go 6-6 again and a whole new staff will start 2012.

If the S&C program works and the kids do what they are told, UGA can win 9 or 10 games and Richt will have fought off the demons for awhile.

My hope is that Malcome is the real deal and Crowell and him can share reps and Ealey and King work hard but can’t beat the other 2 out.

Mtn Dawg

March 1st, 2011
11:49 am

Not a word about Caleb King’s role in next year’s offense. Hmmm. I think we’ll need him too. Better blocker than Ealey and we don’t know about Crowell’s blocking abilities.

AthensDAWG

March 1st, 2011
11:50 am

I’m sure Bobo has a clip board Caleb can hold during the season…

Coachdawg 2000

March 1st, 2011
12:03 pm

As a coach, I guess I am just predisposed to not throw away the guys who’ve been there for us for the next new guy. I’m very excited the Crowell is a Dawg but I’m not ready to give up on Ealey OR Caleb. So here’s to all 3 guys going for a hundy every game.

D A DoubleU G

March 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

I am really unsure why the Washaun Ealey “saga” was ever covered by the media.

Can you imagine 20 or 30 years ago, the media deciding they wanted to cover a story of “Player misses punishment run. In trouble with coach”

The developments with Ealey are a prime example of the “Must know this second” media available to the world.

I obviously enjoy reading blogs (I am here right now aren’t I?), but blogs and social media has really made what used to be a non-story into an all out “crisis” in today’s world.

Good luck Ealey. Hope you learned some kind of lesson this past month. We need you this Fall and next. GO DAWGS!!!!!

chiefdawg

March 1st, 2011
12:13 pm

Ealy will play a major role if he can keep himself straight. He is a much better running back than C. King and Crowell may not turn out to be the back many think he is going to by. Also, those hats look stupid in my opinion.

D A DoubleU G

March 1st, 2011
12:16 pm

And yes…..

The hat is atrocious!!

deep ball

March 1st, 2011
12:27 pm

Ealey has the potential to have a huge year. Remember the talk this time one year ago? A lot of folks had Ealey slated as the #2 back in the conference behind Ingram. I certainly agree that he grossly underperformed last year, but i really liked the way he ran the ball as a freshman when he was #4 on the depth chart. Hopefully the suspension and additional competition from Crowell and Malcome will help him find that hunger that made him a great back 2 years ago…and a little blocking could help as well. Go dawgs!

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joe

March 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

I for one hate the fact that Ealey is back on this team. How very quickly we forget he was a large part of the debacle last year with his attitude and just being a troublemaker in general. I would rather go into the season without him and caleb and take our chances….their attitudes have been like a cancer on this team…..funny now that he wants to do things the Georgia way now that someone is here that is head and shoulders above him in morals and they way he conducts himself. I am afraid if ealey stays- we will have the same problems….attitude…lack of drive…lack of caring……oh well….

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

The role? Teaching Isaiah how to spit on the opponent.

kb

March 1st, 2011
1:05 pm

Why is it assumed Caleb will be academically ineligible? He was held out of the Liberty bowl by Mark Richt, for missing tutoring sessions he was in good standing academically. His punishment was a wake up call just like Ealeys’. Don’t think Richt will hesitate to suspend or remove them if they aren’t walking the straight and narrow.Lets hope for King and Ealey to finally grow up and live up to their potential.

dawg gone

March 1st, 2011
1:06 pm

Buckeye at OSU it would be showing Pryor the best TAT parlor..or where to sell his Big (what is it this year) Championship ring…

Teriyaki Dawg

March 1st, 2011
1:09 pm

Teriyaki dog loves Hooters, good food and great service. Teriyaki Dog does not like Ealy.Ealy is not Hooterific.

DawginOH

March 1st, 2011
1:13 pm

I’m not a fan of the hat, but I am a fan of Ealey getting his act together and being a solid RB for the Dawgs in 2011. Go get ‘em, Washaun!

Big 1 little 11

March 1st, 2011
1:15 pm

Ohio State since 1896 wins 20% of the time when they play an SEC school in football.

JT

March 1st, 2011
1:22 pm

That has GOT to be the ugliest hat I’ve ever seen in my life.

Glad to have Ealey back in the fold. Let’s not forget that the O-line has contributed to his performance (or lack thereof). If his head is on straight he can have a solid year as long as the O-line play improves.

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2011
1:23 pm

Excellent points all, Bill.

From a strictly factual or Objective viewpoint, we need him to carry the football. Crowell is not going to come in a do it all (if any….. that’s yet to be a reality). Even if Crowell is all we hoped, Somebody else is still going to have to be in the mix. You have to be 3 deep.

From a strictly Subjective viewpoint, the idea you put forth as giving Crowell a goal of earning something seems very important to me.

From a half objective/half subjective standpoint………….I still believe that Ealey has some good games in him. Factually, he has had some in the past. Rationally, a player is going to better in his 3rd year, especially if he can avoid the issues he had in his second one. Wishfully, for him and the team, he needs to.

Jack in Macon

March 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

What kind of back is Malcome? Is he big and run over you type, or small and fast? How was he rated coming out of high school. There is not much talk about him and I don’t know anything about him. Can you enlighten me and maybe others that don’t know what to expect from him.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

Malcome is 6′0″ and around 215 pounds. Not a blazer but a good solid back. Crowell is the difference maker of the group. King and Ealey don’t make you miss. Neither will Malcome. Crowell can.

7576DAWG

March 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

Ealey may end up OK in the end . At least he didn’t quit, like a lot of other players on other team’s did when their pouting, cry baby, and fit throwing didn’t do any good but get them in deeper trouble. And maybe CMR is getting back in charge of the team after letting the 18 to 22 year old run it for the last few years. Look’s like Tereshinski and Bulter’s OLD SCHOOL attitude will win out.
I hope that we are very successful this year let’s say 10-3 or better , because if this new attitude win’s out CMR will get a 3 year extension and the vote of confidence from the AD and BOARD that we need in Bulldawg Nation . I hate to see the bickering and disorganization that we have seen in the last few years.

Athens= God's Country

March 1st, 2011
1:41 pm

March 1, 2011 means a trip to the DMV. Time to get those licenses renewed.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
1:42 pm

D A DoubleU G

March 1st, 2011
1:48 pm

Joe, “troublemaker in general”???

The kid had one immature mistake when he got behind the wheel without a license, backed into a car and panicked. I would safely assume that over half the grown people on this blog may have done the same thing when they were 19 and away from home for the first time.

Buckeye, “teach Isaiah to spit on the opponent”

Would you mind clarifying what incident you are trying to fabricate??

I am not sure why Ealey has such a bad image?? He made a single mistake in one of the most frustrating stretched on bonehead decisions by a bunch of kids in the program, and all of a sudden the haters want to paint him as the nucleus of all UGA’s problems.

“Missing a punishment run”….. I am willing to bet a similar incident has taken place in EVERY college football program within the last 6 months. The only difference here is the media decided to get involved because it’s UGA and the ajc LOVES, LOVES, LOVES negative stories coming out of Athens. Throw in the melting pot of transplants who read the ajc (because their hometowns suck and they move to greener pastures of the great state of Georgia) and you have the perfect combination of haters and a hateful media to make this seem like a “huge deal”

GO DAWGS!!!

I wish more people would see the whole story like I can.

Cuz

March 1st, 2011
1:50 pm

Crowell, Malcome and Ealey. I would be amazed if King makes it to Fall.

Dawg 39

March 1st, 2011
1:52 pm

Ealey will attempt to play himself into the hearts & minds of the NFl scouts. That would work for the Dawgs as well as long as he is playing for them. The Dawgs need to reastablish the running game & Ealey could help do that. Spring Practice here we come.

Maconbulldog

March 1st, 2011
1:56 pm

I think this was more of a wake up call to Ealey more than anything else. I hope it lit a fire under his butt hearing how great this freshman is and how he (Crowell) maybe toting the rock in the Georgia Dome…….I want to see what Ken Malcome is made of this coming G-day I am excited to see what he can do. Anyone hear how Lemay is coming along ? I am sure that will be a fun QB battle to watch.

Newman

March 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

No one has seen Caleb King since before the bowl game.

Road Scholar

March 1st, 2011
2:05 pm

Is Ealey openning a bailbond business?

JB

March 1st, 2011
2:12 pm

The first two games are huge…It will shape the season and Mark’s tenure as head coach. Lose those two and then to Florida and one more and I don’t see a good ending.Win those first two and the year will go well, even losing to Gators.I think Mark needs to win 8.

JB

March 1st, 2011
2:14 pm

Not a lot of chatter about the Tech baseball player getting a DUI, even though they tried to cover it up. Guess no one cares.

caleb in school

March 1st, 2011
2:15 pm

@Newman, I have friends whose children have classes with him.

kerryb

March 1st, 2011
2:19 pm

I watched that highlight video of Malcome. Looks like a big strong runner with good vision. His running style reminds me of another #34. Just doesn’t have the top speed of HW. I heard he wore #34 because HW was his idol. I remember last year one of the recruiting analyst believed that he was the biggest sleeper coming out of the state. This guy believed that Malcome was the best RB in the state last year.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

Ealey is a very good back that UGA needs in the fall. He has led the Dawgs in rushing in both years he has played. As a freshman, he did not play in the first five games and still finished as the team’s leading rusher. If he were to improve his blocking and ball security, he could become one of UGA’s all time best.

papadawg

March 1st, 2011
2:27 pm

Don’t count your chickens cause if Crowel is injury prone in high school what’s going to happen when he runs into the big boys of the SEC.

DMR

March 1st, 2011
2:30 pm

Is Mark Richt more concerned about his job than his players doing right? No one knows for sure. Three weeks is certainly a minor suspension when nothing is really going on. What Ealey had to do behind the scenes to prove he was repentant, no one knows either. The lack of discipline was the root cause of last year’s failure. Discipline on the field is learned by being disciplined off the field. Knowing your head coach will not tolerate bad behavior certainly keeps kids in line. It’s up to Richt to prove that this team has been instilled with discipline and that NO ONE PLAYER is bigger than the team. If he fails to do that again this year, Richt will become the former Georgia head coach.

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2011
2:31 pm

Well, you just don’t personally know Ealey like joe does.

BiggdawgK

March 1st, 2011
2:32 pm

DA doubleU G

Don’t worry other people see the whole story too. A drunken techie baseball player endangering others as he skids from one bar to the next barely rates a mention by the ATLANTA newspaper. The guy refuses to be tested which more than likely means he was on other drugs as well.

Since the out of contol program at the north avenue thug school has no rules against DUI’s the criminal is given a slap on the wrist 1 game suspension.

The same thing happening in Athens would result in at least a month of blogs from the ajc.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
2:39 pm

three weeks not very long?

How about if Joe T looked him in the eye and said you be here at 5 am every morning and at 6 pm every night? We are going to lift until you puke and then run gassers until you puke some more? Make sure you bring a trash can for all the puking.

Makes for a long 3 weeks huh?

UGA FRIEND

March 1st, 2011
2:41 pm

Crowell will need the largest helment and cap available.
By his public statement last week that he sees himself as a freshman All-American and will gain 1000 yards, he comes off as being full of himself. He has not even suited up for practice and thinks he is great. The media has done a great job in helping him get so wrapped up in himself that he may not be what he is touted to be on the field. He needs some humble pie.

Christina Aquilera

March 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up! Where am I at? I have an explanation, but the words escape me. Please tell me I was wearing panties!

WIN WITH RICHT

March 1st, 2011
2:52 pm

UGA FRIEND

What was Crowell supposed to say. I don’t the talent to contribute this year and look forward to being redshirted. The guy is confident and plans on competing for the starting position.