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)

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Vick=Dog killing thug

March 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

Well said DawginLex

Lets hope Ealey and King both make it next year. With new attitudes and workout schemes. GO DAWGS

dawgfacedboy

March 1st, 2011
3:00 pm

Ealey would’ve had back to back 1,000 yd seasons if he wasn’t so many carries. He is a very capable back who had some issues last year. If he can get back on track it will make us that much better. Still, a 6-6 year is more realistic than 8-4, IMO.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 1st, 2011
3:03 pm

dawgfacedboy

Don’t be so gloomy. Think positive. 14-0

JB

March 1st, 2011
3:08 pm

dawgfaceboy………………..Regardless of the Richt supporters on here, 6-6 in 2011 will bring a new head man to Athens in 2012, unless we have totally given up and being Vandy and Kentucky is OK with everyone. We are not respected now by the top teams now. Talking it up won’t do it now. We have to prove it.

papadawg

March 1st, 2011
3:09 pm

I haven’t said this in about 3 years but I believe this year the Dawgs will be back,maybe not as BCS Champs (not out of the question) but in the running for SEC Champs and a lot better Bowl Game. First win Boise St. Second win a close hard fought win against USC and then it gets fun

Woodruff

March 1st, 2011
3:09 pm

The biggest change that CMR needs to make is to stop recruiting the low-class illiterates and thugs who he seems to think will win for him and keep his oversized paychecks coming in. People like Marcus Dowtin, A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, and others too numerous to mention are not team players, they’re thug wannabes who are much closer to a gang than a team.

It’s sickening to see felons and goons like these representing the state’s flagship university.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
3:10 pm

This is what UGA FRIEND wanted to hear:

Reporter: Mr Crowell, what are your goals for next year?
Crowell: Well, first I need to find my locker. Then get my books. Then go to practice. Hopefully, Washaun will let me and Carlton clean his jock strap.
Reporter: What about playing time as a freshman like Coach Richt stated?
Crowell: Nah, I’m not ready. I can’t lift more than 100 pounds and I can’t block a blitzing linebacker and I will probably fumble a lot from the hard hits.
Reporter: Thanks Isaiah

SmyrnaDawg

March 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

@ UGA Friend,
Simply put your a moron and your reading comprehension skills are terrible. He stated what he wanted to ACCOMPLISH next season as in goals something you probably don’t have. He’s a competitor and wants to work hard to get there not arrogant. Do yourself a favor and Think before you TYPE.

dawg gone

March 1st, 2011
3:21 pm

Woodruff = Troll and a Loser Troll at that…

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:22 pm

D A Double,

The wintnessed spit occurred in the Georgia State Championship game – Class A or maybe it was 2A. I watched on GPTV. Not sure how to look up the tape but I suspect it’s out there somwhere. See for yourself.

That’s why the Spikes eye guage, to me, was just deserts. I guess that’s just what punks like Ealey and Spike do and it does not relect well on themselves or their teams.

P.S. Ealey lost that game too. Don’t recall any fumbles.

DawginLex

March 1st, 2011
3:22 pm

Woodruff has posted that about 1,000 times.

Hey troll boy, save yourself some time.

Make a list of all the over used things that you idiots spew about UGA.

Number them.

then when you post, just reference a number.

It is the same way they tell jokes in prisons and old folks homes.

Jimmy Crack

March 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

I hope Malcome makes the team so we can get to watch Boo weekly.

puppydawg

March 1st, 2011
3:27 pm

Damn, Buckeye. Do you have a point or are you just proud of how ignorant you are? Hell, we’re taught proper spittin’ before we grow hair in our shorts.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:30 pm

dawg gone,

Key word in your post, “Championship”. Sorry you cannot combine “Georgia” and “Championship” unless you’re referring to the women.

I doubt there’s a market for the erroneously enscribed Liberty Bowl victory plaque!

Alabama Jack

March 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:32 pm

puppy,

Why am I not surprised?

puppydawg

March 1st, 2011
3:33 pm

Buckye,

Because you’re not very bright.

dawg gone

March 1st, 2011
3:35 pm

Buckeye really Spikes tried to blind a guy during a SEC game and because of something that the guy did in a High School game Spikes wasn’t even in? And you think that the attempted blinding was deserved ? No wonder you think misdemeanor traffic violations and underage drinking equal to the systematic flouting of the rules against selling swag the TAT 5 committed.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:35 pm

puppy,

Ignorance? I call it sportsmanship. That’s what we’re taught.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
3:37 pm

So let me get this straight.

Bill wants to talk Ealey into not transferring by hoping Ealey makes Crowell better, and becomes a solid back up to Crowell?

Seriously? That’s the best ya got?

phil

March 1st, 2011
3:37 pm

One more last chance!

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:40 pm

dawg gone,

The spit and gauge were just random acts of thuggery and were bush leage.

Deserved? As I recall, Ealey was talkin’ some pretty good trash in that game prior to the gauge – bold for unaccomplished freshman.

So, I guess you learn to spit in high school and eye gauge as collegiants.

Thanks, I get it now.

RxDawg

March 1st, 2011
3:41 pm

Good article… bad hat

dawg gone

March 1st, 2011
3:44 pm

Bucky No you don’t one is a crippling act, the other is thuggish but not deadly…again the lack of perspective is telling. You think OSU will pay off the NCAA to reduce the games the TAT 5 have to miss before or after spring ball is over…I’m thinking after but before the season starts your thoughts?

Jimmy Crack

March 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

Doesn’t “buckeye” refer to a woman’s poopy hole?

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:49 pm

dawg gone,

This guy thinks it’s not a big deal…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY33AZYYCe8

Reed

March 1st, 2011
3:51 pm

Buckeye,

Update us on the QB situation at Ohio State…

dawg gone

March 1st, 2011
3:52 pm

Buckeye really you have a video of Pryor talking about eye gouging..congrats.

puppydawg

March 1st, 2011
3:52 pm

Buckeye,

Do you mean the kind of “sportsmanship” that you display on the UGA blogs? I doubt that any of us have ever gone on an OSU blog and ridiculed their fanbase the way that you do ours. For that matter, why would we care to do that? As always, you remain irrelevant.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
3:55 pm

Ealey is an “underperformer”?

Really?

His 5.5 yard per carry average at Georgia matches Herschel Walker & Moreno.

Ealey’s 1 per 20 td to rush ratio matches Herschel Walker, and Ealey’s 11 td’s put Ealey as 1 of 3 RB’s in the nation to get more than 10 td’s on just @150 carries.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
3:56 pm

Buckeye,

Also, please go through your new coaches and what each brings to the table. You appear to be a knowledgable OSU fan, I’m sure you’ll rip that off in a post quickly.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
3:57 pm

dawg gone,

Actually, not sure if the student athletes involved can partcipate in spring ball, fall camp, etc. I recall seeing AJ on the sidelines in his (ahem) jersey during his suspension. Was able to participate in team activities? Just no playing time?

We’ve actually got a QB 4/5 star recruit, # 2 at his postion nationally according to Rivals/Scout who is enrolled now and will compete for playing time.

Braxton Miller, dual threat, 4.4 speed, better throwing mechanics than Pryor. Remember the name. You heard it here first.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
3:58 pm

Crowell has a big role to play for Georgia.

a 4th string back up in case of injuries to starters.

Competition to make Ealey better.

WIN WITH RICHT

March 1st, 2011
4:00 pm

Buckeye= Bush League

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

Reed,

No freakin’ clue. We’ve had very little turnover in the coaching department – You know, the sign of a solid program.

See above for the QB update.

puppy,

Just talkin’ a little smack, dude. Not to worry, I won’t spit or gauge.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Buckeye,

Don’t know anything about the new coaches huh? Uh, you’re an OSU fan?

Ok, how about this year’s recuruiting class–who has the best chance of starting, which positions do you guys need the most help at?

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:06 pm

Correction: GOUGE G O U G E Use in sentence: Yo, what BSpikes did to homey Waushan.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:07 pm

Reed,

Offensive Line is the appanent concern heading into 2011. Only 8 scholarship players.

puppydawg

March 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

Buckeye,

I totally get smack talk but you cross the line with your constant barrage of insults. You can talk trash without hurling insults. And for God’s sake, boy, the word is gouge, not gauge.

Lee

March 1st, 2011
4:10 pm

Ealey will prove to still be a cancer that will have to excised before the end of the season. King is a never was that cannot keep up with his grades. Both are occupying scholarships slots that could be filled by someone who wants to play, keep their grades up and be a positive influence. Crowell has the right attitude, in that he fully expects to compete for substancial playing time this year. Malcome will compete for playing time. Ealey and King have rode the Gravy Train too long; it time for them to put out or get out!

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:12 pm

D A DoubleU G

March 1st, 2011
4:12 pm

Buckeye is really just mad because he is from Ohio.

Hell, I would be too.

Anybody want to bet he cried when Lebron James made his “decision”.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:13 pm

puppy,

What is the differnence? Must trash start with “Yo Mama”?

OkieDawg

March 1st, 2011
4:15 pm

I’m glad Ealey is back on the team. I hope Caleb is still a member in good standing. I would love to see these two guys have great years and for both to have learned a lesson in how to conduct themselves off the field. CMR has suspended both for behavior that was not illegal or against the policies of the University. It was CMR’s decision and I think that is impressive. I want them to be successful UGA athletes, but even more, I want to see them become good men. And I think that is what CMR is trying to do with these young men. CMR is a good coach and a good man. So, hate on if that makes you feel good. I won’t.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:16 pm

D A,

Nope, not a tear. Felt bad for his teamates and fans. Thought the “Decision” was a disaster.

UGA FRIEND

March 1st, 2011
4:16 pm

Win With Richt: No. All he needs to do is be a little more modest such as: Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog.
I will always give 100 percent to the coaches and my team mates and contribute all I can to winning a championship for UGA.

puppydawg

March 1st, 2011
4:21 pm

Buckeye,

If you were taught sportsmanship, as you claim, you would already know the difference. In short, you do not have to call people names to talk smack. That just demonstrates smallmindedness and ignorance.

Reed

March 1st, 2011
4:24 pm

Buckeye,

How’s your RB istuation looking, concerns there?

Reed

March 1st, 2011
4:28 pm

Hopefully, Crowell will break into 3rd string running back.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:31 pm

Reed,

4 deep excluding freshman, 5 deep once Boom Herron returns from suspension. Overall, no RB concerns,

Defense is the broader question. Lost several senior starters including your favorite son, Cam Newton. Wonder why he chose Ohio State. Was uga recruiting him as a tight end?