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

Fire Mark Richt

March 2nd, 2011
1:09 pm

Maybe Crowell will motivate Ealey to reach his full potential. By the way, is it just me or does that cap looks kind of gangster-ish?

Carlton

March 2nd, 2011
1:12 pm

I’ll only buy the hat if Bill King buys it first and makes the picture at the top of the blog him wearing it.

Crowell’s going to play, but I still think Richt will be using his “running back by committee” mentality. Carlton Thomas will be used for swing passes and screens. King will be used primarily as a blocker, Crowell/Ealey will be used as the primary runners, and Ken “Boo” Malcolme will be used in short yardage situations.

Write it down.

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
1:26 pm

Enter your comments here

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
1:26 pm

Hey Dawg fans,

Just wanted to show you all an article that just surfaced.

Infamous Miss St. Tapes Do Not Include Cecil and Cameron Newton

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/624081-report-infamous-mississippi-state-tapes-do-not-include-cecil-and-cameron-newton

Rooster

March 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Murray cost us two games. Florida and the bowl game ;)

tide got rolled

March 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

WDE that article was written By Nathan Deal (Auburn Featured Columnist) so its as slanted as the original statement…deep breath brother we are not out of the woods yet. Scott Moore has stated he is delaying release of the tapes to “validate” them and have legal counsel review any potential liability he or his radio station might run into….we both know that normally means they will never be released.
But it ain’t over till the Fat Lady quits singing .

Humper Hater

March 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

You guys kill me. You think that a kid who quit against a mostly white north Georgia team in the state playoffs last year will be a star against fast hard hitting SEC defenses. That is why jawja is living in a 31 year time warp.

Carlton

March 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

Bill-how much did you have to pay ESPN to get this article put as a link on their website? It really shows the “journalistic integrity” we have in Georgia when at the end of the article you make a plug for a hat that our top recruit wore. Jesus-

AltamahaDawg

March 2nd, 2011
3:43 pm

Don’t you love how some folks tell Richt how HE must administer his OWN punishment to a player that broke HIS rules, and how HE can’t determine when HE decides HIS message has been received? Actually it wasn’t even a broken rule. It was just not doing things the way HE wanted them done. Whatever HE determines that means.

It’s an in-house matter. It’s an in house solution. Richt didn’t even have to tell you ladies about it. Not eating your broccoli is not against the law. It’s not against the student handbook. There IS NO set punishment for that. He handled it.

emgee

March 2nd, 2011
5:44 pm

forget king, ealey, and even crowell. boo will be the number one back when before october.

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
7:44 pm

“WDE that article was written By Nathan Deal (Auburn Featured Columnist) so its as slanted as the original statement…deep breath brother we are not out of the woods yet.’

Mark Bradley has a column up right now, Updyker. No, you’re not out of the woods because your program is on probation for another year.

“But it ain’t over till the Fat Lady quits singing .’

Why bring your inbred wife into this?

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
7:48 pm

“Scott Moore has stated he is delaying release ‘

Ok, so Scott has evidence that the NCAA doesn’t have????? LOL

Again, check out Mark Bradleys column.

Sorry, Updyker.

Also, Walmart has old Bama gear 28-27% off.

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
9:41 pm

WDE = AltamahaDawg = cARLTON

All the same dude, bloggin to himself

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
9:43 pm

I am hopeful Crowell wil motivate Ealey, so far, no one has been able to take his spot as the most productive guy for the last 2 seasons. I don’t think Crowell will even be better than 3rd string, King’s a much better runner and blocker, and Ealey is super productive and has a swag that UGA desperately needs.

Delusions of grandeur

March 2nd, 2011
9:51 pm

What does it matter if Ealey is back? Dawgs are a terrible team that just went 6-7 and lost their best player since Herschel. 5-7 and no bowl. Stick a fork in Mark Richt. He’s done.

athdog

March 2nd, 2011
10:37 pm

First. let me say I hope Crowell ends up breaking every record Hershel ever set, and helps us play in three NC games and wins three Heisman trophies. However, let’s not forget that Caleb was the top HS rb in the nation, and Washaun was in the top 5 or so at rb in the nation as well. It takes more than talent at the high school level to become a big time collegiate player. Good luck to the young man, and good luck to Ealey and all of the rest of the Dogs in 2011 and beyond. Work, work, work. There is NO substitute.

legionaire

March 3rd, 2011
5:27 am

All the talk of the running backs attitudes and being team players is interesting. Unless the O line can be brought up to SEC standards the running game will bring us another 6 or 7 win season. Crowell is an unknown who has an awful taste in ballcaps.

woebegong

March 3rd, 2011
6:15 am

Athdof,

I agree 100% with you. It does take a lot of work to get solid as a team and individual. It starts in the weight room as well as studying your playbook so you know what you are doing out there. Hopefully, after last season, the players realize, winning is tough if you are not prepared. I hope Ealey has decided to get with the program. It isn’t exactly fair to expect Crowell, to just start at the college level and carry 40% of the offense. His job and any of the running backs will be a lot easier though if our O line plays better this year. I think the defense will be OK this year, but O line is the key to putting up some points on the board. Murray, will have a good year I believe and I still believe that the offense will be better without A J because we will not just think of him as the key to the offense.

GOOOOOOOO DAWGSSSSSSSSS

woebegong

March 3rd, 2011
7:53 am

Mkae that Athdog,

I gotta quit typing early in the morning, LOL.

bulldogmaniac

March 3rd, 2011
8:12 am

Hey all you idiot TECH fans……
We here you come on here over and over talking about how UGA is THUG U.
Here is a report that you need to read. This was a six month long investigation / study bu CBS and SI about college athletes who have criminal records! Guess what???? GT is sitting at # 19 in the country……UGA doesnt even appear in the top 25. THUGS!
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/the_bonus/02/27/cfb.crime/index.html

Spokesman for the SEC East

March 3rd, 2011
8:59 am

I find it facinating that Jawja fans are pinning their hopes on a oft-injured running back who quit on his team in the state semi-finals against a mostly white north Georgia high school team. You guys are desperate.

WDE

March 3rd, 2011
9:27 am

“All the same dude, bloggin to himself”

Prove it.

ga gator

March 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

Enter your comments here

ga gator

March 3rd, 2011
9:29 am

Ealey will be needed for depth if nothing else. Kid has talent but so far has not lived up to his billing which is true for a lot of HS kids.

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2011
9:43 am

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
7:44 pm
“WDE that article was written By Nathan Deal (Auburn Featured Columnist) so its as slanted as the original statement…deep breath brother we are not out of the woods yet.’

Mark Bradley has a column up right now, Updyker. No, you’re not out of the woods because your program is on probation for another year.

“But it ain’t over till the Fat Lady quits singing .’

Why bring your inbred wife into this?

WDE

March 2nd, 2011
7:48 pm
“Scott Moore has stated he is delaying release ‘

Ok, so Scott has evidence that the NCAA doesn’t have????? LOL

Again, check out Mark Bradleys column.

Sorry, Updyker.

Also, Walmart has old Bama gear 28-27% off.

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Hey WDE,

I thought you NEVER picked fights or started any crap on these blogs?

Also, what about your running back getting kicked off the team?

Has Chizik lost control?
Has he gone soft?
Is the first of many arrests?
Is Ohio state’s Fulmer Cup victory for 2011 in jeopardy?

DawginLex

March 3rd, 2011
9:53 am

Hey WDE(aka Gomer Gump)

I’m waiting for a response.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2011
10:30 am

Because Uga didnt finish in the top 25 ranking in football related polls. Otherwise its right up there in this police records. My problem with that list is that if aught to be “serious crimes, and actual convictions”. Having a messed up mjiddle name, or a speeding ticket shouldn’t be considered.