An 8-63 road record! Two 1,000-yard rushers? Owens a first-round pick?

Some notes and numbers this morning:

– Georgia’s recent road record in men’s basketball might be even worse than you think. Yes, Saturday’s loss at LSU dropped the Dogs to 0-11 in opponents’ arenas for this season. But that merely continues a mind-boggling seven-year stretch of futility on the road. The Dogs are now 2-28 on the road over the past three seasons and a mind-boggling 8-63 over the past seven seasons. In five of the seven seasons, Georgia has won one road game or none. Horrific.

– Fascinating quote in a story by David Hale the other day on Georgia’s Caleb King-Washaun Ealey tailback tandem: “We’ve talked about it,” King said, “and we’re both pushing for 1,000 [yards rushing] apiece. I think we can do it.” That sent me to the record book. Georgia has never had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season, of course, and has had only 10 seasons with one 1,000-yard rusher -– half of those seasons accounted for by Herschel Walker (1980-81-82) and Knowshon Moreno (2007-2008). But Hale pointed out that if Ealey and King maintain last season’s averages per carry (5.7 and 5.2 yards, respectively) and get an average of 15 carries per game for 13 games, they’d finish the season with 1,014 yards (King) and 1,111 yards (Ealey). Hey, that’s more fun to ponder than the road basketball record, isn’t it?

– Speaking of numbers, you’ve probably already noticed that the tailback tandem now wears consecutive numbers -– Ealey switching to No. 3 and King remaining No. 4.

– Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft has former UGA defensive tackle Jeff Owens going in the first round — No. 31 to Indianapolis. That’s higher than other projections I’ve seen.

– For a team with a bottom seed, Georgia’s position is actually pretty good in this week’s SEC basketball tournament in Nashville. The Dogs’ opener is against a team on a five-game losing streak. (Arkansas.) And if Georgia gets past that game, its next opponent will be a team the Dogs beat in Athens and led by five points with 33 seconds left in regulation on the road before losing in overtime. (Vanderbilt).

– If you missed it, a teammate “definitely” thinks Trey Thompkins will be back at UGA next season.

– More from Nashville later today.

199 comments Add your comment

jonL

March 10th, 2010
9:17 am

big wins in nashville!

DREW DOWN 75

March 10th, 2010
9:19 am

First!! Go Dawgs!!!

Atomic-Dawg

March 10th, 2010
9:19 am

Henry D.

March 10th, 2010
9:19 am

First! What do I win?

I hope Ealey and King both get their thousand yards. That would help the young QB out immensely.

Atomic-Dawg

March 10th, 2010
9:20 am

Termigator

March 10th, 2010
9:24 am

2 1000yd rushers and you win the SEC East.

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
9:27 am

I don’t see Jeff going first round but I would be pleased if he did.

More like one back gets 1200 and the other 800. And that is a dream. Whichever is hot will get the most touches. See previous seasons.

Cuz

March 10th, 2010
9:29 am

I like the 3 and 4 jerseys. It will look good on a “We Run This State” promo sign. Good marketing decison.

PMC

March 10th, 2010
9:29 am

Consider Dennis Felton was the coach for much of that 8-63… there is your explanation.

Wil Walton

March 10th, 2010
9:30 am

The 3-4 punch instead of the 1-2 punch???

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 10th, 2010
9:32 am

they will not get the carries needed especially if they miss a block on a passing play if they miss a block they lose their spot , who knows logan might get some carries if they both miss blocks

how2fish

March 10th, 2010
9:35 am

Termigator agree but I think any team in the East with 2 1000 yard rushers wins it. Cuz is right hot hand early will get more carries and that will weight in the outcome..just hope they both play at a high level and stay healthy.

JC

March 10th, 2010
9:37 am

Tantalizing quote? Really? Strong word for not such a strong quote…….everyone has goals and the higher the better. I think its great they are reaching high. No way at all is that tantalizing….

JB

March 10th, 2010
9:45 am

Let me say this about Richt and Bobo and our offense…..They could do that, but the coach’s won’t let that happen. We will open every game running, and doing it well, 5,6 8 yards a clip and for some strange reason, Bobo will start flinging the ball all over the field and we will punt a lot. Never seen anything like it. They did it against Tech, but they knew they had to control the clock to win. With this line coming back and what I saw late last year out of these backs, this offense could control the clock in just about every game and we would win 10 games.
I’ll hold my breath.

Of A Superior Bloodline = UGA Alumni

March 10th, 2010
9:51 am

Hopefully combined they can egual the real 34 and take us back to the promise land.

J Dawg

March 10th, 2010
9:51 am

2 1000 yard rushers in the SEC very difficult indeed. Ordinarily I would say not a chance, but in this case I say not a chance. However, I do like the high goals these two are setting for themselves, much if not all depends on the O line gelling together early and staying healthy. Good luck Dawgs!!
I would love to see 950 and 900 doesn’t matter long as we get W’s and beat the Gators

Lindsey

March 10th, 2010
9:52 am

Caleb & Washaun Run this State!! GO DAWGS!!

Gen Neyland

March 10th, 2010
9:56 am

Tough choice. Mock drafts or Bock drafts. Hmm. Take the Bock. Owens to Indy would be interesting and a good fit for him, IMO. I mean, to play with and be tutored by the likes of Freeney… SEC Tourney : Anything can happen here. This is put up or shut up time for a few teams coming into Nashville. Fox has given the program at UGA a ray of hope for change you can believe in if you’re a Dawg fan. Stallings SEC Coach of the Year is appropriate. Thankfully Coach Crook at Kentucky didn’t steal it. Seriously, good luck to all in the Tourney, but as always, GBO…

Tim Tucker

March 10th, 2010
9:58 am

JC: Point taken. I changed the word to fascinating. Better?

ToccoaDawg

March 10th, 2010
10:01 am

A 3-4 Offense to go with the 3-4 Defense sounds pretty good to me.

Win P.

March 10th, 2010
10:03 am

I’m leary of all this pre season hype from the sports media. Last year we had a coach on the field with Cox behind the best offensive line in the country. The year before that we were the best team in the country.

NC Dawg

March 10th, 2010
10:03 am

A 3-4 defense…and a 3-4 offense!

Bremen Dawg

March 10th, 2010
10:07 am

What do we always do on offensive if we are running the ball down peoples throats, we start passing because Richt’s wants to be balanced 50 – 50 so the 1,000 a piece will not happen. They can do it but Richt/Bobo won’t let it happen.

ncdawg1992

March 10th, 2010
10:07 am

3 and 4 together looks like… 34. I like the looks of that.

SimpleDawg

March 10th, 2010
10:08 am

If King and Ealy each rush for over 1,000 yards during the regular season, then you can crown the Dawgs the National Champs right now. It will not matter who plays QB, or what type of defense we employ…..

…..but that’s how unlikely it is that in today’s college football any team can have two 1,000 rushers in a season playing in a major football conference.

I would love to see it happen.

Spiller Time

March 10th, 2010
10:09 am

Foxy sure has made a BIG difference at JOEjuh.

rednecks don’t care about about hoops

Tailback U

March 10th, 2010
10:09 am

Predicting Jeff goes middle of the second round.
We need to model a style of play similar to what Auburn
has done recently for there to be any chance of both
of those guys getting a thousand yards.
I don’t see that happening per se but an offense that puts
the ball in the RB’s hands in multiple ways is the most conducive
way to see those kind of numbers.
I think we will see about a 60/40 ratio on carries resulting in
about 1000 for Ealey and 670 for King.
That would represent a good opportunity for offensive success
and a QB having a chance to fosus on protecting the football.

NoGaGator

March 10th, 2010
10:10 am

2-1,000 yard rushers? Needing to average 15 carries each per game all year?

Y’all are going to make Bobo’s head explode.

cantondawg

March 10th, 2010
10:11 am

With the strong running game, solid offensive line, Freshman Qb i expect us to be much more conservative this year. This should help the defense tremendously. I have felt that we have tried to be too cute on offense the past couple of years. Especially last year, alot of the turnovers were caused by us trying to make big plays and pushing too hard. Just follow the example at GT, Run the ball til the cows come home with the occasional home run to AJ.

cantondawg

March 10th, 2010
10:12 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if AL has two 1,000 yard rusher. Ingram is the Heisman winner and i actually think Trent Richardson is better than he is…However, i hope not. I don’t think i can stand much more boasting from the obnoxious Tide fans.

30th to Post

March 10th, 2010
10:14 am

30th to Post!!! Yes! BTW, I would love to see UGA get 2 x 1000 yard rushers. It may be the only way to win 10 games. With a young QB, we have to rely upon a strong running game. I hope the OL is up to the challenge!

Termigator

March 10th, 2010
10:15 am

cantondawg, good post with one exception; being more conservative will also help the opposing defenses.

JB

March 10th, 2010
10:15 am

Aaron Murray hopefully is the real deal at QB ( and stays healthy) or we are in trouble. Yes, Logan Gray is there, but couldn’t BEAT OUT JOE COX, yikes……Mett is a project for sure and the freshman coming in from Cobb County won’t be much help ( we’re always told it takes 2-3 years to learn the 15 or so plays Bobo calls).

33rd to Post

March 10th, 2010
10:16 am

Man, I was 31st to post last. I got bumped…what a bummer. Now I am 33rd though!! Yeah man!

elviskl

March 10th, 2010
10:16 am

do yall think yall can keep these two 1000 yard rushers out of jail long enough? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Termigator

March 10th, 2010
10:17 am

Saw Murray interviewed and seems a great kid and leader; Tampa friends tell me he has had injury issues. Maybe the 15-20 lbs he has added will help.

UGA Rules!!

March 10th, 2010
10:18 am

Termigator…you must be haluucinating. Two 1,000 yard rushers is likely because of complete inept play by the QB in UGA’s offense. We run a pro-style offense not the triple option and that much rushing likely means UGA finishes 5th in the East just above Vandy. Having the two backs around 700 yards each likely wins the East but the passing game would have to be effective and thus the new QB worked out splendidly.

Far too easy to gang up on a one dimensional team unless your Defense is just pitiful (see GT last year).

cantondawg

March 10th, 2010
10:18 am

Termigator,

I agree with helping out the defense however i believe the benefit of not turning the ball over overrides that plus we should be able to move the ball with our offensive line.

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
10:19 am

Cantondawg, I agree, Richardson might be better than Ingram. Tide would be tough to deal with if they won back to back NC’s and back to back Heisman’s with a different RB.

Me

March 10th, 2010
10:20 am

Next weeks prediction: 6,000 yards passing for Aaron Murray with 55 TD passes to go with those 2 1,000 yards rushers. Prediction for week after that: No one scores a point on the all new Georgia defense with the new scheme and mastermind DC. Prediction for the week after THAT: Dawgs easily win NC playing just their 3rd stringers. Delusional Dawgs. REALITY: Another season as an also-ran, 8-4 record, no championships.

termigator

March 10th, 2010
10:21 am

UGA rules, never said they would do it; only said if they did they would rule the East. You must be halucinating.

Football Guy

March 10th, 2010
10:22 am

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cantondawg

March 10th, 2010
10:24 am

Bluemax,

Richardson is definitely a stud but i expect Al defense to take a huge step back this year. They lost 8 starters. All of their fans will tell you they are loaded but i’m telling you now there is no way they can replace the leadership of Mcclain the the sheer massiveness of Terrence Cody. I see at least 2 losses this year

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
10:26 am

cantondawg, I would like to believe you about the 2 losses and hope one is to UF but I doubt it.

elviskl

March 10th, 2010
10:26 am

l see 7 losses for ga this year but the good news is they will lead the nation in felony arrests……..

Blue Max

March 10th, 2010
10:27 am

elviskl, you must be a bumble bee

elviskl

March 10th, 2010
10:27 am

blue max, you are correct

Mikey

March 10th, 2010
10:28 am

I’m just glad my last name doesn’t end in “berger”. It has been a tough week to be a Metten or a Roethlis.

Dawglasville

March 10th, 2010
10:29 am

If we can keep Fox I think Damon has got us pretty healthy from top to bottom with every program. I’m not sure why we have tolerated Landers as long as we have but I guess it is because no one is going to spend a lot of energy worrying about women’s basketball.

dawgfan

March 10th, 2010
10:30 am

Lets add some flavor to the Mix and Give a Healthy Dontavius Jackson a few carries and let him build on his 13 yard per carry average