No breakaway at tailback yet

  Doesn’t sound as if anybody is off and running toward nailing down the No. 1 tailback job.

  In fact, the leading rusher in Georgia’s scrimmage Monday wasn’t Caleb King or Carlton Thomas, the two healthy scholarship tailbacks currently competing for Knowshon Moreno’s old job. The leading rusher was walk-on Kalvin Daniels.

   “I thought it was hot and cold, really,” Mark Richt said of the tailback play in the closed-to-the-media scrimmage. “I thought there were a couple of times we should have hit it up in there a little more physically and didn’t see it. Then the same guy the next play might really hit it up in there and break a tackle. I’d say pretty inconsistent overall.”

  Richt on King: “I thought he was hot and cold.”

  On Thomas: “Carlton didn’t get many yards per carry, but so far I think he’s been a little more consistent in his tempo and his willingness to stick it on in there.”

  Several players mentioned that the shifty Thomas had a couple of nice runs in the scrimmage. “He took a play that was called to the right, ran and got into some traffic and reversed and ended up outrunning everybody,” QB Joe Cox said. But Thomas’ scrimmage stats – eight carries for 26 yards – weren’t much.

  (King had six carries for 32 yards. Daniels nine carries for 45 yards.)

   Georgia expects to get Dontavius Jackson, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in December, back into the tailback mix before the end of spring practice – possibly this week. Then Richard Samuel, out this spring after wrist surgery, is expected to join the competition come summer.


   The Dogs had a habit in their three losses last season of letting bad situations snowball. And apparently they showed a bit of the same tendency in Monday’s scrimmage.

   “I think we’ve got to handle adversity on both sides of the ball a little better,” Richt said afterward.

   The defense was playing well in the early going, he said, but “started feeling sorry for themselves” after a 75-yard pass from freshman QB Aaron Murray to senior walk-on receiver Vernon Spellman.

   “We got to understand things won’t always go our way, and we got to recover quickly and get back and play ball,” Richt said.

   He said he made that point to the team after the scrimmage.

  “So now the leaders got to do something about it.”


   So what’s it like when college football coaches are recruiting the son of a college football coach?

   “I don’t think anybody is going to feed me a bunch of baloney,”  Richt said Monday.

   Two days earlier, he and his son, Jon, were at Valdosta State, where Jon — a quarterback seeking a new school after leaving Clemson this spring — is considering transferring.  They watched a Blazers scrimmage, sat in on a quarterbacks meeting, got an academics briefing and enjoyed a campus tour.

   “I’d never been to Valdosta State before, and it’s a beautiful campus,” Richt said. “It’s about the right size, and I think he’d really feel comfortable.”

   Richt said his son has already visited Georgia State, which will field its first football team in 2010, and also is considering Chattanooga and Mars Hill.  “Maybe a couple more. A few more people are calling.” And the recruiting experience, Jon’s father said, is going well.  “I enjoy it. It’s fun. . . . Everybody has just been great.”


   OK, your turn . . . 

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Columbus Dawg

March 31st, 2009
6:37 am

I’m just glad to hear that maybe Coach Richt will be harder to please this year and not accept poor play on the O or the D. He needs to keep the pressure on these guys until he truly gets the effort that will bring out the best in them. With the star count by most of these player’s names, there is no reason why we should not get the same type of production from them as Bama, LSU, and UF. Every coach we have can probably learn something from Coach Searels, including MR.

reality check

March 31st, 2009
7:48 am

Richard Samuel is a good bit faster than any of the other backs and he certainly is the biggest. He is being coached to run with better body lean and he had some trouble holding onto the ball, but I expect him to emerge as the top RB once he returns.

Murray certainly had some nice stats. Was he playing against the first team defense?


March 31st, 2009
8:15 am

DOH! – a walk-on receiver and a high school quarterback burn the D for a 75 yard TD – I bet UF, UT, GT and the rest of the SEC are licking their chops reading about that! AS I said last week – ain’t nobody on this team that runs a 4.25, and it sounds as though that 4.3 that was supposedly run by that “new safety” ain’t there either!


March 31st, 2009
8:38 am

These tailbacks would be 4th string at GT…whoops, Roddy Jones just went another 16.9 yards.


March 31st, 2009
8:42 am

GT fans on the UGA blog, they never fail to disappoint..keep the comedy coming. What a group of idiots they are.


March 31st, 2009
8:51 am

I will bet you that it was 2nd and 3rd string DB’s in the scrimmage when Murry hooked up with Spellman on that long TD.


March 31st, 2009
8:54 am

Roddy Jones in a I formation doing what he did at Tech is laughable. He is a wing back not a I back. It’s much harder to run the ball out of a I set than it is getting the ball on a pitch play or a end around when the qb is trying to trick the defense with his ball fakes to the B back. Know your football before you post about football.


March 31st, 2009
9:07 am

Intensity and focus has long been lacking on both sides of the ball.Maybe it’s time to call them out individually,grade and publicly post for all to see.Then as they should hold the coaches accountable.After all the coaches recruited and signed them.It’s time to coach’em up!


March 31st, 2009
9:38 am


Why don’t you go somewhere else and stop stalking the UGA blogs? I got a big can of RAID and I’m gonna start spraying for BUGS and you are 1st on my list.

Your UGA envy is so obvious. Every time you post on a UGA blog, you embarrass yourself further.

Right On Time

March 31st, 2009
10:14 am

rambles on and on is just trying to be funny. Don’t debate him, just enjoy him for what he is…free entertainment.

Guys, this is SPRING practice. This is set up time, time to make mistakes, time to try new things. Starting jobs are not won or lost in March and April. I remember hearing all sorts of great things about taillbacks in the spring only to never see them in the fall. Everything will be fine and, yes, the Dawgs will be in a bowl.

I do agree with handling adversity better, that was a weakness in 08′.

On the Flats

March 31st, 2009
10:22 am

Wait till the Robot gets a hold of that secondary. He’ll rip you mutts apart! Now that Stephen Hill rejected the mutts and signed with state’s top team, we’ll have a pass attack to keep defeneses honest. Watch out mutters.


March 31st, 2009
10:39 am

Work on some incentives. free pizza and hot wings for the tailback who gets the most yards.

I was hoping King would reach out and grab it. Now I am waiting for Dontavious.


March 31st, 2009
10:39 am

Ramble On: Ramble on to another blog.


March 31st, 2009
10:53 am

Cuz, they get free pizza and hot wings at the dining hall…;)

Bryan G.

March 31st, 2009
10:55 am

Apparently UGA has offered the basketball job to Mike Anderson according to


March 31st, 2009
11:02 am

Chip, when are you (or better, frakking Mark Richt) going to wake up to the fact that Willie Martinez is at the heart of the defensive problems on this team.

Every single problem involving the defense can be pointed to mediocre coaching.

Penalties? Coaching.

Refusal to adapt the gameplan to what offenses are giving you? Coaching.

Poor player attitudes? Coaching.

Lack of player confidence? Hmmm… wonder why they lack confidence? Could it be they have no confidence that their defensive coordinator can bring them back?

You want to point to injuries and blame the players only, like Mark Richt does? Fine. But you (and he) are ignoring the heart of the problem.

If they’re running the same defensive plans, schemes, or philosophy since Van Gorter left, then why has the team gotten progressively worse in total defense and scoring defense every single year since he left?

Why did the bottom fall out last year?

Willie Martinez.

The only reason for the turnaround in 2007 I can see is Marcus Howard. The last standout defensive player to receive coaching from Van Gorter. He took over games. He provided the pass rush that Georgia always seems to need from the defensive end under Martinez, because Martinez either won’t, or as I believe, can’t find a way to create pressure if it’s not coming from his down lineman because he is simply out of his element and not creative enough to do so.

Mark my words, the defense on this team will again fall short. And again Mark Richt will blame the players.

But the real problem is that Willie Martinez is failing his players, and Mark Richt should have never given him the job as DC, and his refusal to fire Martinez after FOUR YEARS of declining results (which is a TREND and not a coincidence as Chip and Altamaha and Richt try to make us believe) is only making matters worse.

This team will win 9 games if it’s lucky. Count on losses to Florida, LSU, and Georgia Tech for sure. Watch out for South Carolina, Oklahoma State, and even Arizona State.

We may be looking at a six loss season. And I’m not joking.

How many more 30 point games are you going to let Willie give up, Coach?

How many more 40 point games?

How many more double-digit losses?

In his four years alone, Willie Martinez is already in the running for worst defensive coordinator in Georgia history.

And yet, Coach Richt continues to blame the players.

Oh, and they’re best friends.

Funny how that works.


March 31st, 2009
11:07 am

Based on the nerds’ opinion of their football team you would think we are about to see the next Fla.!!!! BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!


March 31st, 2009
11:12 am

Amen bug killer!! Stats don’t lie. Look em up. They’ve gotten progressively worse in every category every year since WM has been the DC.


March 31st, 2009
11:14 am

Tech people talking up Stephen Hill, thats funny. You got to try and talk up a 3 star receiver,who really wanted to go to UGA, and hasnt even played a down as your best and only receiver. Have you noticed in the photos of the UGA players lifting weights there is a mat with the Tech score in front of one of the stations reminding them of it everyday. When the world is put back into order and Tech gets destroyed next year all of you parasite Tech fans that use to stay in the closet, and not even come close to a UGA blog, will go lock yourselves back in for another multiple amount of years.


March 31st, 2009
11:21 am

here’s hoping young jon richt finds a school that he’ll feel comfortable at, with a chance to display his abilities


March 31st, 2009
11:22 am

Who is this Stephanie Hill that Ramble is bambling about? And why does she play football at Tech?

K-Town Dawg

March 31st, 2009
11:23 am

Thanks, Bryan G.

I have been waiting to hear something.

Back up the Brinks truck, Damon!
UGA hoops may be on the road to redemption yet!


March 31st, 2009
11:35 am

Chip, I doubt being mentioned with the likes of Coach Richt hurts your feelings, but being lumped in with me, that’s just plain harsh.


March 31st, 2009
11:35 am

Robot to Hill. TD. Get use to it.


March 31st, 2009
11:39 am

There’s no way UGA won’t have at least a decent starter by the first game of the season after Samuel, Ealey and Jackson have joined the competition.


March 31st, 2009
11:59 am

The entire story will be told in December. We must endure the season till then. All questions concerning the defense will be crystal clear by then. If we are horrific again on D, then Richt will be forced by the $$$ alum to DUMP Martinez. The O will come along nicely, as it is scheme driven, with or w.o. Stafford directing the atack.
Tailback will be done by comittee and with the Fullbacks lso doing some heavy lifting by rushing and pass receiving. The running game will be fine, the short to medium passing game also will be fine.
It is D that the alums will be looking to improve and if it is not evident, then CMR will be forced to start anew with Head D Coach.


March 31st, 2009
12:17 pm

I thought it was interesting that Aaron Murray went 4 of 6 for 131 yards. Not too shabby for a totally newbie freshmen. It is completely meaningless of course, but interesting nonetheless.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 31st, 2009
12:27 pm

Many of UGA’s penalties last year came when young/inexperienced guys on the O-line moved before the snap. The coaches punished them with extra running in practice. What more can the coaches do in such situations?


March 31st, 2009
12:36 pm

If everyone would just ignore the GT idiots, they would go away.

Reaility Check....

March 31st, 2009
1:02 pm

Tech fans need a reality check…..

Reality Check....

March 31st, 2009
1:03 pm

ramble on, there is no hope for you…..

Okefenokee Dawg

March 31st, 2009
1:08 pm

“Robot” is a dumb nickname for a college football player. Why would anyone want it?


March 31st, 2009
1:11 pm

RAMBLE ON, how predictable we find smart a&& comments from you on a UGA blog. It’s plain simple…UGA owns your SIMPLE mind Ramble On, and the rest of you NERDS who are posting on UGA blogs.

Oh, still waiting on my Chick Fil-A Bowl rings…and I think LSU just SCORED again!

One more thing Nerds…it’s not like your GT stellar Defense held up against UGA. Even though you won the game by 3 points, you gave up 42! So you are the ones to talk about Defense, giving up 42 to UGA and 38 to LSU.

Lucky to be playing in the ACC, but that’s about to end, b/c Miami and FSU are on the rise again. Enjoy it while it lasts!

PTC Jacket

March 31st, 2009
1:17 pm

We didn’t give Nesbitt the nickname “Robot”. That was given by one stupid Tech fan who probably plays World of Warcraft all day.

Good luck to Richt’s son with transferring. I would think that it’d be cool if he was on Georgia State’s first football team.


March 31st, 2009
1:25 pm

Altamaha, you being mentioned in the same breath as CMR means you are moving up in the world. Go ahead and call Damon for your pick for basketball coach. Might as well blame that one on you also.


March 31st, 2009
1:31 pm

I have some questions on King? I don’t feel like he is going to be the # 1 Back. Kalvin could be that Terrel Davis type, the one no one talks about until it’s his day to shine. I agree with some of the other bloggers on Jackson & Samuel. King may end up being a Jasper Sanks.


March 31st, 2009
1:36 pm

Nope, because like Mark Richt, he’s “See no evil, Here no evil, Speak no evil” when it comes to the mediocrity of Willie Martinez.

Take that as a compliment if you wish.


March 31st, 2009
1:39 pm

PTC, I don’t play internet warcraft games. I’ve heard Nesbitt refered to as Robot for a few years now. I agree it’s not a typicaly nickname, but Tech isn’t a typical institute (thank God for that).

Good luck to lil’ Richt.

Gen Neyland

March 31st, 2009
1:39 pm

Fire CMR. Fire Chip Towers. Fire AltamahaDawg. ATTICA…ATTICA…ATTICA

Go Dawgs

March 31st, 2009
1:39 pm

WOW!!! Tech beats the Dawgs one time in 7 or 8 years! wow I like those odds! After this years game and UGA kills the hive! I bet you will not hear any UGA fans talking trash because we are use to winning! Unlike the “nerds”!

big dawg

March 31st, 2009
1:40 pm

okay,everyone, here are some facts about the scrimmage, the long td pass came on a 7-8 yard slant with the safeties on a blitz. it was more of a short pass with a long run for a td..CWM evidently hear’s all of us and is working on the blitz thing, the only negative about this is that with our tackling ability, we will be very suspect to give up the big play..and no, this team can’t have it both ways, we either play a lil soft and make the other team drive the ball down field,or we take some chances and if we don’t succeed,we get burned..but with all that said, the biggest glaring problem that we still have is at DE.. there won’t be an answer for that coming out of spring from what i’m being told.

oh, and as far as the running situation, we’re making very little progress there now for a couple of reasons,,,one is that they’re trying to find out who can run between the tackles and be strong enough to endure the punishment, which leads to the next point, the defensive tackles are dominating these there’s two ways to take this, which is,great,our DT are going to be outstanding, or holy sh*t, our offensive line is struggling a lil. i’m being told that the latter is what is happening right now…but not to panic too much, we are still missing a couple of lineman this spring…

i’ll check back in a while with some more valuable info.. see ya



March 31st, 2009
2:02 pm

the good news is that we had great tackling especially from b.boykin he was tied for the team lead with six. nick williams had six also, so it is great to see that what killed us the most is improving.


March 31st, 2009
2:07 pm

big dawg i heard that g.atkins is unblockable in practice he is dominating everyone keep in mind that he was a projected 1st round pick but he decided to stay so he is going to dominate.


March 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

I told Damon as long as we don’t something stupid like hire somebody from Tulsa, or Marshall, or UW-Milwaukee. He’s going to get back to me.

Actually if you really want to know what I actually do have in common with Mark Richt……..being a grown up.


March 31st, 2009
2:18 pm

Hey guys i just got back from the FLATS i had to take a massive dump so why not a better place than than Right??


March 31st, 2009
2:38 pm

I think I heard him double use the word actually one time as well, also, again.


March 31st, 2009
2:44 pm

Appears as if no one has the fire that Knowshon had. Didn’t he go 120 mph out of the gate all the time, even in practice? No doubts about who was going to be the main RB when he was around. Hope these kids can start emulating him, that might set the tone for #1 RB.

reality check

March 31st, 2009
3:03 pm

Two people posting as reality check on here.

I posted on this blog fo 4 years and about 6 months ago quit because of the immaturity of many of the posters and people posting as me. Guess it was a mistake to come back, even if I do agree with the other guy Ramble on is hopeless.


March 31st, 2009
3:31 pm

Ramble ON:

get a date, get a date…and a life. Of course, there is always softball for you…


March 31st, 2009
3:44 pm

Do we really believe that the UGA coaching staff reads these blogs every day in order to determine what they need to do to be successful next season? Do we REALLY think that? Come on big dawg, if a coach were really wasting his time reading this cr*p rather than coaching his players, THEN I would be first in line calling for his head.