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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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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Flatwoods Dawg

March 1st, 2011
4:34 pm

Buckeye

Yall must be a bunch of morons up in Ohio. Why would you name yourselves aftera nut. Oooh what a proud and strong mascot. Was chickencrap too long to put on the pennants and uniforms?

Flatwoods Dawg

March 1st, 2011
4:36 pm

Buckeye

Whatever happened to Maurice Clarett, Mr Buckeye?

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2011
4:38 pm

dawgface, which 6 games will UGA have more of a realistic chance of losing than winning in your opinion? And why?

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
4:42 pm

Flatwoods,

Do your own homework. Nice name, by the way.

Maurice, last I saw he hooked up with a minor league gig.

ClinchCountyCanine

March 1st, 2011
4:57 pm

Chip

What is the latest on Jeremy “Dozer” Daniels from Lanier County? He is 360 lbs of nasty. Rumor has it that he has closed down the Old Times buffet in Valdosta several times.

Buckeye

March 1st, 2011
5:01 pm

Outahere,

Got to catch up on Charlie Sheen, the Wisconsin budget and get ready for tonight vs. Penn State.

Good to be #1.

off topic but interesting stats

March 1st, 2011
5:02 pm

“This year, Auburn joined the 700+ win club. They are the 13th program to win
700 or more games.
took the 13 members of the 700-win club and looked at their performance
against the Top 30 programs on the All-Time Wins list, as well as their
performance against each other.
One of my favorite things to do with this info is to see what the
all-time numbers would look like if the competition had been more even. For
example, Auburn has played 597 games against Top 30 programs. Ohio State has
played 304. USC has played 361. Georgia has played 598. See, when you’re
Auburn or Georgia, and you’ve played hundreds more games against top programs, it
obviously effects your winning % and your overall win total.
For today, I thought I’d show the 13 members of the 700-win club and what
their numbers look like against the Top 30 programs on the All-Time Wins List.”
MOST GAMES vs TOP 30 PROGRAMS
1. 598 – Georgia
2. 597 – Auburn
3. 528 – Alabama
4. 445 – LSU
5. 437 – Texas
6. 417 – Tennessee
7. 392 – Notre Dame
8. 382 – Penn State
9. 381 – Oklahoma
10. 366 – Nebraska
11. 361 – USC
12. 326 – Michigan
13. 304 – Ohio State
MOST WINS vs TOP 30 PROGRAMS
1. 305 – Auburn
2. 304 – Georgia
2. 304 – Alabama
4. 266 – Texas
5. 243 – Notre Dame
6. 223 – Penn State
7. 213 – Tennessee
8. 211 – USC
9. 207 – LSU
10. 206 – Oklahoma
11. 204 – Michigan
12. 180 – Nebraska
13. 173 – Ohio State
This is a good one.
This is a list of the percantage of a program’s total games played against Top 30 programs.
For example, Oklahoma has played a total of 1169 games, 381 of which were against Top
30 programs. That’s 32.6%.
1. 51.6% – Auburn
2. 50.3% – Georgia
3. 45.4% – Alabama
4. 38.5% – LSU
5. 36.0 % – Texas
6. 35.2% – Tennessee
7. 33.2% – Notre Dame
8. 32.6% – Oklahoma
9. 31.8% – USC
10. 31.3% – Penn State
11. 29.7% – Nebraska
12. 26.5% – Michigan
13. 25.5% – Ohio State
This list is even better. It’s a list of the percentage of a programs’ wins that have
come against Top 30 programs.
For example, Oklahoma has 809 wins, and 206 of those have come against Top 30 programs.
That’s 25.5%.
1. 43.0% – Auburn
2. 41.2% – Georgia
3. 37.9% – Alabama
4. 31.3% – Texas
5. 28.8% – Notre Dame
6. 28.7% – LSU
7. 27.4% – USC
8. 27.2% – Penn State
9. 27.0% – Tennessee
10. 25.5% Oklahoma
11. 23.1% – Michigan
12. 21.3% – Nebraska
13. 20.8% – Ohio State
That’s pretty insane if you think about it. Over 50% of all of GEORGIA’s
games have been played against programs in the All-Time Top 30. Even more
impressive is that 41.2% of all the wins we’ve ever had have come against
programs in the Top 30.
It’s no wonder Michigan has racked up 880+ wins, when less than 27% of their
games have come against Top 30 programs..

The Ghost of Wally Butts

March 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

Yeah, Crowell comments about himself were bodering on the “icon” track that Lap-Top Newton spouted off recently, but look on the bright side…

…It’s been a couple of weeks, and no “Dream Team” member has booked into the Clarke County Detention Center at all!

Anybody wanna bet that we will NOT successfully defend our FULMER CUP championship? Hmm? I don’t see any takers…hmm.

dd

March 1st, 2011
5:14 pm

Won’t matter who’s carrying the rock if we don’t start stopping the other team on 3rd down and the predictable play calling on offense continues.

Mark (another one)

March 1st, 2011
5:41 pm

The best thing for the running back position is competition. Thomas, Ealey and King are the returning players, with Malcome and Crowell fighting for time. At the end of the day, the best should play. Also, having some vets around may help the young guys learn. Some learn well from playbooks, but some learn by watching others in practice. If Crowell or Malcome wins the starting position, great. Let’s see some competition.

Thomas is the one we often forget. His size works against him but he works hard and knows the assignments. It would seem he would be idle as a change of pace back. If not, let him try shifting to a slot and get him into the passing offense against a linebacker. He seems to be able ot make people miss in the open field, so get him out there.

I hear the complaint that if we don’t run Thomas that they other team will know when he is in that he is going to run a route. Yet everytime we brought Brandon Smith in as a receiver, we ran a reverse. The point is to run the offense and make the other team stop you.

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2011
5:51 pm

One thing for sure. Ealey can certainly serve as a good example, and be able to talk to Crowell about what its like to have high expectation placed upon you, learning to deal with whatever fall from grace is out of your control, and how to avoid self-inflicting damage that is in your control.

AltamahaDawg

March 1st, 2011
5:55 pm

Crowell’s job is to allow for MORE predictable playcalling. If less predictable was the answer, then every OC in the country could put up 40 ppg. It’s executing the very predicatable playcalling that seperate the good teams from the bad.

Big Tom

March 1st, 2011
5:57 pm

Give Richt a break, guys…we need Ealey in case Crowell gets hurt or gives up on his team like he did in the high school playoffs.

He is a little sensitive and lashes out at others when things aren’t going well…a big reason I wanted us to go after Caffey and/or Bray harder.

But oh well…I’ll take whatever we can get…THWGT

RichmondDawg

March 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

@off topic…They don’t call them traditional powers for nothing…If you added up the NC’s and conference championships that these teams have won, it would probably amount to something like 75% in the last 100 years or so. A few teams, like Minnesota and Chicago fell out, but not many.

Crowell's a freshman

March 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

Being that HS ball doesn’t even begin to compare to college ball concerning the size and speed of the athletes, just might want to wait for Crowell to get up to speed first…besides Ealey is no slouch at RB considering the abysmal performance of last years OL, he did ok…he does however suck at blocking and needs to get better

sogadog

March 1st, 2011
6:09 pm

Good point Mr. King. South Carolina didnt stand a chance against Auburn because Lattimore went out the first series with the injury. If they had a strong backup, their odds of winning the SEC would have been much better.

saban

March 1st, 2011
6:32 pm

Understand Crowell is a one and done.

One hit and he is gone.

saban

March 1st, 2011
6:33 pm

Is Charlie Sheen really Richt`s borther?

VA Dawg

March 1st, 2011
6:52 pm

Lets talk about “branding”. That hat is ugly and frankly I thought was real stupid looking until I realized State of GA. I still feel that the G should have been worn. I guess I’m just “Old School”. We need to keep promoting the G. So is that hat popular? I still say ugly!

Joey

March 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

Crowell gets 30 carries a game, and averages under 5 yards a carry.

Ealey gets 13 carries a game and averages 5.5 ypc.

Wrong again Bill. Some teams do give a productive back a lot of carries like Lattimore and SEC East Champs South Carolina.

Rant Boyz

March 1st, 2011
7:05 pm

The Georgia Way.

What is that? Break NCAA rules like AJ Green did so Richt can try and get them shortened? Not work out like AJ Green didn’t add pounds and didn’t get punishment runs for it?

The Georgia Way is taking care of Richt’s preferred starters.

Murray committed 4 turnovers against Florida, doesn’t get benched, Ealey commits 1, and Richt benches him.

Murray, 4 turnovers without getting benched must be The Georgia Way too. Murray ain’t adding pounds on from working out like Ealey & Lemay has either. But Murray gets a pass because Murray not working out hard is The Georgia Way.

Elderidge

March 1st, 2011
7:11 pm

bILL-

RIGHT ABOUT PASSBLOCKING, CROWELL AIN;T NEVER HAD TO DO THAT. RIGHT ABOUT CROWELL AND MURRAY BEING INJURY PRONE. RIGHT ABOUT CROWELL NEEDING TO EARN IT, BUT THAT AIN’T THE GEORGIA WAY, REMEMBER THE “MURRAY/METTENBERGER” BATTLE AND HOW METTENBERGER CRUSHED MURRAY, AND RICHT NAMED MURRAY THE STARTER ANYHOW? IT’S MURRAY AT QB, CROWELL AT RB, REGARDLES SOF HOW WELL LEMAY, MASON, EALEY, KING, THOMAS DO.

Fidlin1

March 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

A better O Line would have given us 2 more wins last year. O line better be good or it’s going to be another long season. Thanks for hanging in there Washaun.

mgdawg

March 1st, 2011
8:44 pm

UGA needs ealey, I don’t think they need king. Personally I think he’s a cancer to the team, I wouldn’t be upset if he was kicked off the team tomorrow. I think if king even looks at someone the wrong way he should be gone. With Ealey, Crowell, Malcolm, and Thomas we have a pretty good stable of backs.

@rant boyz

March 1st, 2011
8:45 pm

Lets see, Murray throw only 8 interceptions all year and 24 TDS,wrong about AJ not adding weight, doubt Murray wants to put on much weight and how would you know if he hasn’t.You have no Idea as to what Lemay is doing or for that matter Ealey. You’re a stupid blowhard .

off topic but interesting stats

March 1st, 2011
8:49 pm

Notice how pathetic the traditional powers from the big 2 little are 9 have been.

Snoop Dawg

March 1st, 2011
8:52 pm

Bulldawg Brothas:
Come on. Get with it. Raise your hand if you have a college degree.
Listen, it doesn’t take a PhD to figure out that any of these backs, if they get in shape and are coached up, could run for 1,000 yards plus next year. Except for that pip squeak Carlton Thomas.
Who can make that happen? The beef on the line. The hogs. They open the holes for just about anyone to run through.
Let’s cut out the BS and demand that Preacha Man and Bob win or else they can pay back all that cash they are hauling out of Athens into an offshore bank account.
If you are OK with mediocrity, you are not of the UGA.
You are a traitor, a Benedict Arnold, of the Bulldog Nation.

Coach Grohbo

March 1st, 2011
10:28 pm

Continuing to do things the Georgia way is exactly what got Ealey into this mess.

UGA VIIII

March 2nd, 2011
12:23 am

Coach Grohbo, 3 sec east titles, 2 sec titles, 10 bowls , 7-3 bowls record 3 bcs bowls,
8 times in final top 25 , 2 of those 10th , 2 of those 6th and 2 of them 3rd ,thats just the last 10 years One of only 13 schools with 700 or more wins, 6 in all time bowl appearances. Thats the Georgia way
go crawl back into your little hive and join the tickle pile

J Fan

March 2nd, 2011
12:39 am

Richt’s in yet ANOTHER period of decay and decline, much like his 2002-2006 4 years of decline phase.

Richt’s 2nd period of decay started in 2008, where he decreased his wins from 11 in 2007, to 10 in 2008. Unable to correct course, the decay continued to worsen as Richt slid down to just 8 wins in 2009 with Joe Cox. Clueless about solutions, Richt descended into deeper decay in 2010, winning just 6 games, without beating a winning team all season, and losing to both Colorado & a Conference USA team in the Bowl game.

J Fan

March 2nd, 2011
12:47 am

When Richt gets frustrated with his incompetence and decay, and all efforts and all plans to stop his get less wins than the year before trend, when they all fail, 7 out of the last 8 seasons to increase his win total over the previous season, Richt takes his anger out on an 18 -20 year old scapegoat. In 2009, Zach Mettenberger was Richt’s target. Obviously, Mettenberger was quickly offered scholarships by Alabama & LSU, and never got jail time, so Richt over-reacted by kicking Mettenberger off the team. In 2010, Richt has clearly gone after Ealey time and again. Richt’s never even said why he suspended Ealey for 3 weeks this time. It’s widely believed the reason Richt cited, (Ealey not giving 100% in the work out room by videotape in Joe Terishinki’s opinion) is felt by teammates and ex-teammates to be absurd given AJ Green’s & Aaron Murray’s lack of progress there were allowed without punishment runs.

Coach Grohbo

March 2nd, 2011
2:18 am

It’s Uga IX. Or is that the Georgia way?

woebegong

March 2nd, 2011
6:26 am

Buckeye,
OSU is taught sportsmanship? Darn, I never realized all those years that was what Woody Hayes was trying to teach those guys. Dang, I learn something new every day on these blogs.

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2011
6:29 am

J Fan are you betting that Richt will fail to win more games this year than last?

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
8:55 am

saban,

You are making yourself look like an even bigger idiot every time you post.

Crowell is a one and done now because he signed with UGA?
Didn’t Bama want him?-Yeah, they did in a bad way.

You are an absolute fool.

I gonna give you the same advice I gave WDE and some of the other trolls.

Make a list of all the over used UGA stereotypical baloney you trolls post.
Number the list 1 to 20.
When you want to post the same old red panties, trailer park crap etc etc, just reference an number.

It will save you a lot of time.

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

They just number them

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
8:58 am

altamaha,

DON’T FEED THE TROLLS

J Fan is the same multiple handled idiot from the past 2 days that thinks Mettenberger transferred because he was a victim.

I bet the parents of the girl he molested don’t feel the same way.

Something is wrong at GT

March 2nd, 2011
9:57 am

Spousal assaults ( DE-R Hall) and the rapist getting off ( #37) and the guns in the NBA lockeroom and the many other issues swirling around @ The Flats, we now have a DUI with that baseball player.

Something is dreadfully wrong over at Ethel St U.

UGA VIIII

March 2nd, 2011
10:39 am

Coach loser grohbo Its whatever I want it to be .Ever think someone just might do something the wrong way , to see how many anl asses are out there. Go back and reminisce all of Techs 15 wins since 1957.

Dirty Dawg

March 2nd, 2011
10:58 am

Like they said, you can never have too many running backs…those that can perform that is. Ealey and King, and the rest need to come into Spring practice and this Summer determined to ‘win the position’…to show the rest of the team that while they’re all teammates, each one has got to do their very best or they won’t be teammates for long. And I’m still wondering if one or more of those big and fast WRs we signed in this year’s class might not be candidates at RB.

Remember, even Herschel didn’t start the first game of his freshman year…finished it pretty good, but didn’t start…and as for that SC freshman ‘phenom’, FSU showed the way to handle Mr. Lattimore…I mean when he gets knocked out of a game with a hit that a hockey player wouldn’t even have missed a shift on the ice, then you’ve got to wonder, ‘how tough is he really?’

Ceasar

March 2nd, 2011
11:54 am

Word is that Ealey can’t even pass Ebonics class!!!!

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2011
12:05 pm

So, you are thinking he is not willing to bet on that, huh?
I find it hilarious how somebody comes up with some kind of catch phrase,(7 out of 8) and then inevitable some others will repeat it, pretending as if it’s their own thought out opinion..

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2011
12:13 pm

Wow. Am I imagining that…..or does anyone else see it? I’m not sure I could do that if I tried.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
12:22 pm

j fan,

Aaron Murray told my sister’s ex-husband’s co-worker that he has gained 15 punds of muscle in the weight room and has reduced his body fat by 4%. He also said that everyone participating is gaining muscle mass and they all have improved their 40 times.

Aaron can now throw the ball 80 yards while laying on his back with a UGA female cheerleader straddling his hips and screaming “yeehah cowboy, throw that thang while I ride you baby”.

My information is far more reliable than your inside information…………………..

Lindsey

March 2nd, 2011
12:25 pm

Hopefully Ealey and the other tailbacks will get their acts together and represent UGA in a positive way. Best of luck to all of them, GO DAWGS!!!

J Fan

March 2nd, 2011
12:30 pm

Truth is, Murray was not strong enough, he got sacked 24 times, couldn’t fight off sacks. Could be due to his small stature too, he is quite short.

Murray also was ranked #119 in passing accuracy, and #65 in passing efficiency in the 4th quarter, he got tired, due to terrible conditioning, and the team suffered many 4th quarter losses.

Murray only scored 4 of his 24 td’s in the 4th quarter. Another sign of poor strength & conditioning.

Ealey averaged 6.6 yards per carry in the 4th quarter, compared to guys like Bama’s Ingram who averaged 3.6 ypc in the 4th quarter.

Ealey’s 4 4th quarter td’s ranked him #3 in the NCAA among running backs.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
12:32 pm

Ealey also scored 5 TD vs Kentucky which had the worst run defense in the SEC. Ealey fumbled against top flight competition like SC and MSU. Cost us games.

Averyboy

March 2nd, 2011
12:36 pm

What a joke!!! The richter is the same now as he always was…promising “tough stance” and making sure the players do it “the THuga (I mean georgia) way”, then two weeks after giving lip service to Ealey’s punishment (for what, like the eighth time he’s broken rules there), 2 weeks later everything’s hunky dory again. THIS…..is why Thuga will always be a failure in football. Your head coach has no intention of teaching these kids anything.

J Fan

March 2nd, 2011
12:37 pm

AJ Green only caught 6 passes in the 4th quarter, and only scored 1 td in the 4th quarter.

AJ was really out of shape. Thin as could be, needed to be in the weight room.

Got embarrassed by Julio Jones at the NFL combine.

But notice Richt never sent AJ to punishment runs for not giving 100% in his workouts.

DawginLex

March 2nd, 2011
12:47 pm

averyboy,

all that typing….

Tsk Tsk

Save time and energy and reference the UGA Troll stereotype spewing reference list.

Thugs are #2 on the list.

Next time, just type #2.

Chris

March 2nd, 2011
1:04 pm

Ealey wants the job handed to him. I am not sure he wants to be at Georgia and if he doesn’t I say Good Riddance