Caleb King as 2011 Dawgs’ savior?

Can Caleb King really be the lead Dog in 2011? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Can Caleb King really be the lead Dog in 2011? (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

I’m afraid there’s probably an awful lot of wishful thinking fueling Buck Belue’s take on Caleb King, but I’d like nothing better than for old No. 8 to be right on the mark.

I think Buck’s right that Isaiah Crowell isn’t likely to be ready to be “the lead Dog” early on, especially considering the pass protection duties a Georgia tailback has.

Belue thinks that leaves King as “a young man in a good position. He’s motivated to have a big senior season. It’s his last shot to impress NFL scouts. He’s in the best shape of his life and can play physical at 220-plus. Caleb can hold up between the tackles, burst it outside, catch it and protect. Solid all-around skill set.”

Of course, Belue allows, King has proved disappointing in the past. “There have been injuries and issues.”

“The track record says Caleb King is going to disappoint you,” Buck writes. “Understand that. But I’m not buying it this time. I see a 1,000 yard season. 200 carries and 12 TD runs. A 5-yard per carry average. And as it turns out, a positive influence on Crowell.”

What do you think? A likely scenario or just a summer fan dream?

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319 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

June 22nd, 2011
10:45 am

Given the reports that Crowell and Malcome are out of shape, there aren’t anymore options.

King is capable but it is all about whether or not he is willing to pay the price, step up and be a leader.

Lord knows this team could sure use him

JARED

June 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

Need more Bill

June 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

Me

June 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

Caleb Queen is a cancer.

Who cares if Crowell and Malcome...

June 22nd, 2011
10:49 am

…are out of shape NOW, that is why they are at UGA NOW, to learn what it takes to be in shape for big boy football. Let’s just hope that IF they do get in shape that the coaches do not hold it against them that they reported out of shape. Afterall, the season is still 14-15 weeks away, which is plenty of time to get their bodies fit…

KDog

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

Richt runs a 4 man platoon rushing system.

Richt averages an SEC last, 12th, in # of rushes per game, against winning teams, at 31.

Out of the 30 rushes:
King gets 12, Murray gets 8, Crowell/Malcome/Thomas split the other 10 carries.

Caleb gets about 5.5 ypc on the average, so 70 a game x 13 games = 910 yards + 90 yards receiving = 1000 yards

Crowell will be lucky to get 500 yards rushing, but might get another 200-300 receiving.

UGA was 10th in SEC in rushing last season, it’s a West Coast Pro Style offense, pass to set up the run, finesse, lots of short passes.

GADevildawg

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

I am hoping he has a great season. There isn’t a question of whether he is capable. The question is durability…we certainly do need him.

Concrete Pete

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

How the hell is Malcome or whatever way he spells his name out of shape? If thats the way he responds to this opportunity then we know all we need to know about his character, goals and work ethic

Need more Bill

June 22nd, 2011
10:51 am

I am hopeful that King will have a big year, but his last big year was in a Parkview Uni. He was unable to fulfull expectations at GAC; due in large party to injury, but still left followers wanting more. On a positive note, it is mid-June and there have been no “breaking-news” regarding King. I would love nothing more than for King to step up and be the “MAN,” so that Crowell has some time to season. Is there a better way to go out than with a big season, and to help bring along the future at TailBackU?

YaketyYak

June 22nd, 2011
10:52 am

King fumbles too much.

Bill King is a..........

June 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

Bill, first off Belue is a moron. Secondly, Buck is stating the obvious. It isnt like he can see something that no one else can. Belue is a master of the obvious so to speak. Given the way that Caleb has performed in the past, I pray to God that Crowell can come in and hit the ground running. I think CK is a big part of our off the field and locker room problems in the past. I cant wait for that kid to leave. He’s a trouble maker, he’s kinda like the little boy who threw the rock and hid his hand. The last thing we need is for Crowell to have to learn under King’s tutilege(did i spell that correctly?) Belue needs to go back to south ga. What a tard.

YaketyYak

June 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

Crowell can’t pass block and he doesn’t know the playbook.

Joey

June 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

I hope Caleb redeems himself and has a healthy and great season. If he has a great season (1000+ yds), UGA has a great season. We’ve seen glimpses of his talent.

Ultimately, Bobo’s play-calling and the OL will determine the success of the running game, whether it’s Caleb or another back.

TROJAN

June 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

Does anyone on this blog like the west coast offense? I don’t.

BorntoPass

June 22nd, 2011
10:56 am

I don’t see any back getting more than 150 carries. Only happened with 2 backs under Richt out of all the backs that have come through, only Moreno and Musa Smith got 200 carries. Richt thinks a 4 man platoon keeps guys fresh and less injured. Richt is wrong.

Bill King is a..........

June 22nd, 2011
10:58 am

Trojan,

Neither do I. Thank goodness we dont have Herschel during this era. We’d never run him the way VD did. We’d rotate him in a pass happy offense

BorntoPass

June 22nd, 2011
10:58 am

Richt’s best 2 years, 02 & 07, he got 200 carries & 1000 yards from his back. But Richt doesn’t learn from past success.

Richt was BORN TO PASS.

Bill King is a..........

June 22nd, 2011
10:59 am

And he was born in Honduras

GTO

June 22nd, 2011
11:01 am

Lattimore got 1000 yards as a freshman, hopefully Richt will let Crowell get 200 touches, King’s had his shots for years to win the job.

Bill King is a..........

June 22nd, 2011
11:02 am

GTO……AMEN!!!

Herschel Talker

June 22nd, 2011
11:05 am

If we have to depend on Caleb King, then we are sunk. But the good news is that this would definitiively be Bozo Richt’s final year, so we’ll be in stellar shape in 2012.

Mtn Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:05 am

I like it. King has the skills. It’s time to shine (past time actually).

mike

June 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

who says Crowell and Malcome are out of shape? A player pukes and its lack of conditioning? please

Mtn Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

BTW, what is GATA?

teewest

June 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

Billy Billy BILLY!! What is this lil bill? My cat Clyde Boogie and I sat down to read AJC. What do we see? Lil bill talkin about what Buck Boogaloo writes. Never mind what he says bill give us something to read!! Now look what you’ve done Clyde’s mad and won’t read anymore!!! see what you did bill!

Billo

June 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

first i heard of those guys being out of shape. What did i miss?

Bobo, Bobo, a pirate's life for me

June 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

Caleb’s, or any other RB’s, chances of success will only go so far with our less than stellar O-Line. If they can’t play better than they have the last two seasons then we are in for a very long day offensively against both Boise and USC.

Does the Boise game worry anyone else (seems like an Okie-St game to me). I feel like our defense will have a pretty good showing, but the O-Line will underperform and the Offense gets 10-13 points. I think Boise will score between 17-24.

Thoughts?

gomdawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:15 am

A lot can happen in 75 days if they work hard, lets see what happens. True Dawgs they will be ready . 2011 a Good year. GO DAWGS

Zoli

June 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

Mtn Dawg: Get After Them Agressively

Dave

June 22nd, 2011
11:20 am

Caleb is slightly above average, but he lacks the true breakaway speed. He did have the one long run against Yech a couple of years ago, but his forte is elusiveness. As far as pass protection, he’s the best we got, so until Malcombe or Crowell sperate themselves from Caleb, he’s out man, much to my chagrain…

Mtn Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:24 am

Randall "Pink" Floyd

June 22nd, 2011
11:24 am

King can block. But he runs scared. This does not translate to a 1000 yard season. Buck is wrong.

CEPH

June 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Typical Belue, he knows more about less than anyone on sports radio!!!!

Lilburn Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Watching King during the last year, I don’t know how many mental notes I made to myself that “he got to the line of skimmage for zero gain”. This happened over and over. He’s not a back that will save us by any means. I watched him all through his Parkview career and the only way he gained so many career yards was because Coach Flow called plays that gave him the ball almost every single time. If I had been a college scout, I probably would never have even recruited him. He’s just not an Ingram, Richards, or Lattimore. He’s just barely average at best.

LHarding Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

This is what I’ve been saying since we kicked the other guy off the team. It’s funny, but when you get kicked off the team, nobody remembers your name or cares.

SouthSide Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

Lots of naysayers today, I see.

Lilburn Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

“scrimmage” …… my typing error

1eyedJack

June 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

I’m not worried.

DawginLex

June 22nd, 2011
11:32 am

Crowell and Malcome still have plenty of time to get in better shape.
King apparently is leading the way along with Christian Robinson and Bruce figgins in buying into the new S&C program.

We need more than 1 back.

Newman

June 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

Does Buck remember another freshman named Walker that started early and worked out pretty well? Or Rodney Hampton? Or Garrison Hearst? Or Tim Worley? Or Keith Henderson? All started as frosh and were immediate impact backs.

aj

June 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

Hey pirate’s life, take a look at the depth charts, the uga o-line has a huge weight advantage over Boise state. If the numbers are correct most of the Uga line weighs in the 315 to 330 range. the Boise d-line is in the 260 to 290 range. If we can get through the fall with the line that is listed and not have any injuries we should be able to hold them off pretty well, and with that much of a weight advantage they should be getting tired by the third Quarter. that is just my take on it. but if there are injuries all bets are off!

Newman

June 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

King is going to be inelible anyway…

Newman

June 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

Frank Lane

June 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

GATA is get after their ass.

UGA Alumnus

June 22nd, 2011
11:39 am

@Me
June 22nd, 2011
10:47 am

“Caleb Queen is a cancer.”

Get a life! This is a college kid giving his all at the University of Georgia. Have some decency.

DawginLex

June 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

Big PROPS to Coach McNeil at East Carolina for having the guts to suspend 2 of his key players for the opener with SC after a run in with the law over the weekend.

If they played for Spurrier, they would get the “everybody gets 6 chances” treatment and be right back playing again.

Big kudos to Coach McNeil for doing the right thing and having the cajones to risk losing one game to teach life lessons.

http://www.cbssportsline.com

Mr. Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:43 am

Maybe the injuries have slowed Caleb down over the years and now that’s he’s finally coming into camp at full speed he’ll show the “pop” that’s been missing since he came to UGA. That’s being pretty optimistic. I’m trying to think of a player – any player – that disappointed thoughout his undergraduate years only to have a break through senior season and I can’t come up with one. If there have been any they are very unique. After Musa Smith was done the Bulldogs pulled off an 11 win season in 2003 going “Tailback by Committee”. Maybe CMR should use that season as a reference on how to make that happen again.

UGA Alumnus

June 22nd, 2011
11:45 am

And, Mr. King, there’s no way we are beating Notre Dame in this EA Sports NCAA College Football Traditions battle. Uga is obviously the best damn dawg in the world, and slapping a stupid sign on the wall could never compare, but Notre Dame has the support of nearly every catholic faithful on the planet. We are outnumbered!

mgdawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

I hope buck is right, but I wouldn’t put money on it. I actually thought Caleb was on a hotter seat then Ealey, I didn’t think king was going to make it through the spring. Ealey has been the better running runningback, Caleb was the better passer. I’m not that worried about crowell being out of shape now, I’m sure what they are doing at UGA is different then what they did at his high school so its just going to take a little bit of time. Sure I wish it wasn’t that way, but there is time. Now malcome, that isn’t acceptable if it is true.

UGA Alumnus

June 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

@Herschel Talker
June 22nd, 2011
11:05 am

I don’t think it’s going to happen, but what team is ever in “stellar shape” the year after losing a head coach?