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.”
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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