From ‘Dream’ spring to nightmare summer (UPDATED)

Caleb King in better times. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Caleb King in better times. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

So now that UGA has made it official that Caleb King is academically ineligible, where does that leave the Dogs’ running game?

Awfully shaky at best. Yes, incoming “Dream Team” member Isaiah Crowell is expected to be the next great Georgia tailback, but the odds are long against him being fully ready to shoulder that mantle right from the start.

And with Boise State and South Carolina as the opening games, there won’t be any chance for tune-ups.

While Crowell’s running chops might be in fine form early on, chances are he’s going to have a hard time picking up the considerable pass protection duties that tailbacks have in Mike Bobo’s offense. And considering the questions surrounding the offensive line, that’s likely to be crucial.

So we might see quite a bit of the somewhat more experienced redshirt freshman Ken “Boo” Malcome in the mix to start with.

In terms of the running attack, hopefully we won’t see Bobo trying to make diminutive Carlton Thomas up the middle a primary mode of operation.

The move of Bruce Figgins to fullback should help out quite a bit in terms of pass protection. There might be times when Bobo might want to use Figgins in the tailback spot and have Zander Ogletree at fullback for maximum protection of Aaron Murray.

We’ll see how all that shakes out. But one thing’s for sure: The considerable pressure that was already on young Crowell just amped up. A lot.

Feel free to share your views of Georgia’s prospects in the wake of King’s loss.


Brian Stewart writes: With the departure if Caleb King, do you think Branden Smith and/or Nick Marshall get more of a look as a tailback?

I don’t think either one is likely to be used on a regular basis at tailback, but both defensive backs could play key roles on offense. Smith has shown in the past what he can do with his terrifc speed but was used sparingly on offense last year. That was already likely to change this season. The junior cornerback spiced up the G-Day game, scoring a 28-yard touchdown on a catch from Murray and finishing the day with two catches for 38 yards and two carries for 11 yards. Afterward, Bobo said, “He’s such an explosive player. I wish we could have him full time. … He can make plays. We’ve got to continue to find a way to get him on the field.” I think the departure of King will only increase the odds of that happening. As for Marshall, Mark Richt has talked already about possibly using him at quarterback occasionally in the Wild Dawg offense and I’d love to see that happen on a regular basis. But I’ll believe it when I see it. So far, Bobo hasn’t shown that he really understands how to most effectively use the wildcat or Wild Dawg formation.

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July 11th, 2011
6:08 pm

“From ‘Dream’ spring to nightmare summer”

Pretty hyperbolic. Its not as bad as all that. A nightmare summer is getting 12 players arrested. UGA is just clearing out the dead wood.I say good riddance! As for worrying about pass blocking…I have a solution: RUN THE DAMN BALL!

Don't let the door hit you on the ass when you leave, Mark!

July 11th, 2011
6:12 pm

Boise State 48, Geor…

Never mind, you know the drill.

It will be fun to see Phony Saint Mark run out of town. One less sleazebag in Athens.


July 11th, 2011
6:15 pm

“Has Isaiah figured out the name of his dog yet?”

Are you kidding, Isaiah is still trying to learn the ABCs.


July 11th, 2011
6:54 pm


How will a true freshman and quite possibly a redshirt freshman “RUN THE DAMN BALL!” when the O Line is a combination of true freshman and failures from season’s past?

Mobile Dawg

July 11th, 2011
8:58 pm

The key is “chemistry” and “motivation”. It hasn’t been good in quite a while, let’s hope for something magical. CMR is due for a few good breaks. I do subscribe to the overall theory mentioned before, “the harder you work, the luckier you seem to be”.

dont get it

July 11th, 2011
9:46 pm

just a quick piece from an article from the article is about all of Uf’s games and why they are winnable. I thought I would show you that its not just “dont get it” who feels this way (sorry altamaha dawg).

3. Georgia (Jacksonville) – Aaron Murray is, arguably, the best quarterback in the SEC and should have a huge sophomore season. But do I really need to explain why this game is winnable for UF? OK, I will any how. The Gators own the ‘Dogs. If Georgia could not beat a staggering Florida team last season, what makes anyone think the ‘Dogs can this season?


July 11th, 2011
10:44 pm

Let me answer Brian Stewart…NO and NO.

As for you, Bill…what did you say about a certain TB from little Class A Johnson County?

What with it being his first year and him being a true freshman and all?

Did you think he might struggle against very tough SEC defenses, you know, until he learned what to do?

Lastly, was your opinion formed before or after he ran over future NFLer Bill Bates on his way into the end zone that day in Knoxville?

Crowell played a bigger school with much tougher competetion. Behind a high shool offensive line that wasn’t nearly as talented as ours. He is a little shorter than Hershel who is 6′2″, but near about the same weight (210 vs 222). Their top end speeds are very close, also.

I saw HW play in high school, college and the pros and he was something special, no doubt. And hardly anyone knew who Knowshon Moreno was before 2007. He was a very special, very gifted running back too, wasn’t he?

I think Isaiah Crowell is going to be very special as well.

I never heard the pundits talk about King, Samuel or Jasper Sanks (all 5-Star recruits) the way that they have about this kid.

He will be everything he has been advertised as being. He just needs a little time to get in sync with the rest of the offense and then he’ll start showing the fans what they want to see.

Bet on it.

I'm just saying

July 12th, 2011
12:21 am

Man that cop who gave Hines that ABC test was crooked as the day is long. He knew very well who he was and he knew he went UGA….He made him say his ABCs cause he knew he would fail. Man that aint right.


July 12th, 2011
1:02 am

I think it is hilarious how when you look at other SEC/ACC blogs, you don’t find dawg fans wasting there time with childish comments. Here, though, there are plenty of SEC and ACC (GaTech) “fans” who can’t get enough of the red and black. What does that say? I love it!


July 12th, 2011
6:37 am


If you don’t feed a fire, it will go away.

If you don’t know what the term means, “troll” refers to an online personality that uses his/her anonymity to “bait” users or turn valid discussions into full-blown arguments.

Farewell to phony saints

July 12th, 2011
9:09 am

Boise State 62, Georgia 13

South Carolina 37, Georgia 17

Season over, good riddance to Richt.

Good old days

July 12th, 2011
9:19 am

Q: How many UGA fans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: About 80,000. One to change the bulb, and 79,999 to stand around and talk about how great the old one used to be.


July 12th, 2011
9:41 pm

I just left the Throne room. I think I just flushed a UGA Backfield full of running backs. man they are fast going down the drain.


July 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

Good old days
July 12th, 2011
About 80,000. One to change the bulb, and 79,999 to stand around and talk about how great the old one used to be.

That has to be an Instant Classic. LOL


July 12th, 2011
11:23 pm

The cop could not start with A either.


July 12th, 2011
11:27 pm

Herschel had blockers, speed, size, smarts, character and no rap sheet. Ealey….well you know so never ever use King nor Ealey in the same breath as Walker, Hearst, Hampton, and others.