So who’ll start at tailback for the Dogs? Caleb King or Washaun Ealey?

(Updated 6:45 p.m.)

I’m working on a story for tomorrow’s paper (on-line later today) about Caleb King and Washaun Ealey, who, as you know, eased all worries about Georgia’s tailback position with their play late last season. (UPDATE: Click here for the story.)

One thing that kind of struck me is that, for all the talk about who’ll be the starter at quarterback and various other positions, you don’t hear any talk around spring practice about who’ll emerge as the starter at tailback, King or Ealey.

That’s probably because they were so effective as a tandem late last season that, well, why worry about who starts?

Mark Richt and Mike Bobo don’t dismiss the question, though.

“Both of those guys are competing hard,” Bobo said, “because like at any position there’s going to be a guy who wants to start and wants to go first. And I think that’s healthy.”

“I think Caleb and Washaun have a very good friendship,” Richt said, “but I think they both want to be the starter and both want to prove they deserve the most carries. I really like the way they’re practicing.”

Said King: “Of course both of us want to start.” But he added — and Ealey echoed — that the competition is making both players better and that last season proved there’s ample role for both. Then King mentioned, not for the first time, that he sees “a realistic chance” of both of them gaining 1,000 yards this season.

King started the final five games last season, but it should be noted that Ealey had more carries in three of those games. Over the course of the final five games, Ealey had 77 carries for 525 yards and King 74 carries for 440 yards.

So, just wondering: What do you expect from the tailback tandem in 2010? Who do you expect to start? ( Or do you care who starts?) Do you expect their carries to remain pretty even?

FYI: No football practice today. Dogs practice Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

232 comments Add your comment

Thom

March 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Starting doesn’t mean much. We’re just supportive of Coach Richt and whatever he decides. GO DAWGS! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

uga kid

March 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

FIrst!!!!!! and washaun by the way

uga kid

March 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

i meant second…

Delbert D.

March 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Does it really matter? They are interchangeable parts.

harold

March 22nd, 2010
12:40 pm

DOESN’T MATTER. GEORGIA IS AVERAGE IN FOOTBALL. MAYBE WE NEED SOME REAL WINNERS TO COMPETE LIKE ALABAMA AND FLORIDA HAVE. WE ARE GREAT IN TENNIS

Thanks for the props, Harold

March 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

UGA is GREAT in tennis AND gymnastics AND equestrian…but no so good in football, basketball and baseball…

uga bird

March 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

I RUN THIS STATE!!!

By the way...

March 22nd, 2010
12:45 pm

SIXTH!!!!! and 7th…

By the way...

March 22nd, 2010
12:45 pm

er, 6th, 8th, and 9th…

But we are # 1...

March 22nd, 2010
12:46 pm

…in trash making…

jughead brown

March 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

The obvious choice is Ealey, who took real bullets in games, and emerged as the more productive back, who fumbled less than King.

But Bobo RARELY makes the obvious choice. For example, since Richt is 40-3 when he gets a 100 yard rusher, the obvious choice is to have a go-to RB, who gets more reps in practice and more touches in games. Yet Bobo seems incapable of comprehending this.

Bobo SUBJECTIVELY FEELS King is the better pass blocker. From the game video I’ve seen, it’s not true.

Objectively, Ealey is averaging 5.7 ypc, vs. 5.2 ypc for King.

Objectively, Ealey fumbles MUCH LESS than King.

But again, Bobo doesn’t appear to make his decisions based on PERFORMANCE or BALL PROTECTION.

Bremen Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

I don’t think it matters who starts but Ealey can pick up a few more yards that King can after contact.

Tennis is a man's sport .......isn't it???

March 22nd, 2010
12:52 pm

There is contact in tennis. Seriously, tennis is a man’s sport. Really! I lost teeth playing tennis in high school in the late 60s in my old East Point hood. Kid slung a wooden racket and I lost 2 front teeth. Rod Laver branded too.

Go Dogs.

Dawglasville

March 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

Harold- that is really depressing. These kids are winners on the field. I guess you want National Champions. Are you number one in country in your field? We should all strive for it but the truth is that 99.9% of us aren’t. I just have a problem with people saying that kids they don’t know aren’t winners.

Neither fish nor fowl has UGA been

March 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Dogs ought to be a rushing team or a passing team. To do both errantly,we look confused and just scrolling for a play that might work big, from game to game. Everybody go long or end around trick play with fumbling # 1 Smith or off tackle stuff. Use the backs and FULLBACKS for goodness sakes.

Let us be THE PASSING TEAM or THE RUSHING TEAM …………then, when one or the other is well established in every game, keep em off balance. We are the team that always seems off balance, when we have the darn ball. Ok State and KY and Florida and UT games were such and not so much vs LSU in the second hallf. We stunk that game up with 45 seconds to go, however.

I for one, am convinced that Todd Grantham is going to bring some new attitudes that will be infectious and will in fact, create positive rivalry between all the elements, including the position coaches. I look forward to that.

TG will make UGA better. Attitude and scheme are so important. We lacked both in 09.

2010 IS here.

Go Dogs.

BG

March 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

I will take either one. This is a good problem to have. Both would start for any SEC team.

AlcarUGA

March 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

Don’t care who starts; let the two-headed monsters run. Flash, Thunder!

Dirty Buzzzzzz

March 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

The boys from techville will come to Athens and knock the snot out both backs. Tech has the better team and you know it Dogfood

Buckhead Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Ask Paul Johnson who should start, he’s got as much experience as anyone watching those 2 run.

Monticello Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:30 pm

UGA’s athletics: Has anyone in the SEC won national championships in as many sports as the Dogs?
Men: football, baseball, tennis (multiple), golf
Women: tennis (multiple), gymnastics (multiple), swimming (multiple)

Its great to be a Dog fan, and have sports teams that are contending for titles year round!

O'Keefe Gym Strangler

March 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

“Then he mentioned, not for the first time, that he sees “a realistic chance” of both of them gaining 1,000 yards this season.”

Never knew Caleb was such a comedian…

PMC

March 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

Generally they trend to favor upperclassmen when starting regardless of how they are performing so I’m inclined to say that it’s King’s job until Ealey takes it from him.

Hunker Down

March 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

@ Dirty Buzzz You are such an dummy, Did you see what them dawgz did in your house We run this state!! If you show up in Athens we are going to beat your a$$ all the way back to Atlanta

Dirty Buzzzzzz

March 22nd, 2010
1:36 pm

Hunker Down i got something all your little no education having women can hunker down on. Go to Tech get a job, Go to UGA get in the unemployment line LOSERS

Dirty Buzzzzzz

March 22nd, 2010
1:38 pm

I just took over the uga blog no one will respond to a GT MAN

chiefdawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:40 pm

Let’s not get so giddy about the running game. Remember UGA was playing GT in that last game of the regular season when the 2 backs did so well. I still don’t have much confidence in C. King. Ealy on the other hand might be the real deal.

RxDawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

AltamahaDawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:45 pm

OR, those were games that we ran the ball well for a number of reasons.

Willie Martinez

March 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

If these two guys would have ran the ball last year instead of having ole joe try to be a brett farve i might still have my job. The greatest D coordinator uga has ever had got fired cause they culdn’t run the ball so i dont care who start. I am going to move in with Paul Johnson i luv that guy.

AltamahaDawg

March 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

“Generally they trend to favor upperclassmen when starting regardless of how they are performing”

Like whom?

Of A Superior Bloodline = UGA Alumni

March 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Dirty Buzzzz: The truth is if you live in China or India you go to Tech. If you are one of the best and brightest in this state you go to UGA! If must suck to be so inferior to us GEORGIA MEN!

Like (drum roll)...

March 22nd, 2010
2:01 pm

…JOE COX!!!!!!

tim

March 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

by the time the Jax beatdown comes around both of those tailbacks will be injured and unable to play

option smoption

March 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

I agree with you, PMC. For whatever reason Richt is overly loyal to his upperclassmen, even when he has younger players with more talent. Most recently Joe Cox over ANYONE else, also redshirting and losing a whole year with Knowshon because he continued to give the ball to the less talented Thomas Brown. Even when Knowshon did play, he gave the ball to TB WAAAAAAYYYYYY too much. We should be starting this season with a qb who has a year under his belt. Last season was basically a throw away year.

The Dogfather

March 22nd, 2010
2:04 pm

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The Dogfather

March 22nd, 2010
2:07 pm

Be a great package to have ‘em Both on the feild with AJ at the same time. Whatcha’ think Tim?

Of A Superior Bloodline = UGA Alumni

March 22nd, 2010
2:07 pm

Tim: By the time the GA/FL game comes around, Saban will have finished the job of killing Meyer and the Gators will be coach less!

gdawginkalamazoo

March 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

Buckhead Dawg, LMAO that was funny.

TroutBum

March 22nd, 2010
2:15 pm

Should be Ealey. He looks to be more physical & appears quicker that King. Ealey’s vision appears to be the real difference. Watching King run up linemen’s back’s drives me crazy. Plus he fumbles way too much. Ealey should & will get 60% or more of the work.

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dawgfan2

March 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I’ll just say that King gets into the endzone better than Ealey. Remember the A&M game they tried to stick with Ealey and let him get it in and he couldn’t? I think King is faster than Ealey and that’s why his long runs finish with a TD where Ealey’s finish with him getting knocked out of bounds.
That being said, I think they’re both great, but it seems folks are overlooking the scoring King managed to do. And the fact that he was on a liquid diet for a good chunk of the season.. he didn’t eat solid food from the LSU game (during which he played with the injury) until just after the Kentucky game.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

I’d start with King and use Ealey when his legs get tired. Plus Ealey is younger and we need his longevity for his remaining years. D. Jackson to me has gone nowhere- i know he’s been injured, but i think Boo Malcome will be the next star at RB

meh

March 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

they’ll probably both end up getting about the same amount of touches so it doesn’t really matter who gets the start.

chemdawg

March 22nd, 2010
2:28 pm

Ealey is more explosive than King because King doesn’t break many tackles.

richtfan

March 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

when people say “starting doesn’t mean anything”, those folks haven’t talked to players. starting is a big deal and exhibits what level of confidence the coaches have in players.

Alf

March 22nd, 2010
2:33 pm

Boo Malcome has not played a lick in college, much less SEC, and you want to say he is the next great RB @ UGA. Say what?

JC

March 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

For what it’s worth, Chris Low of ESPN called Ealey the 3rd best running back in the SEC behind the ‘Bama duo of Ingram and Richardson. On a slightly related note,
Georgia Class A High School State Champions > Georgia Tech football

McDawg

March 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

hopefully we will also have a solid 3rd man who can step in case of injuries

1eyedJack

March 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

After a couple of games and a couple shots of Jack #3 and #4 running out of the tunnel arm-in-arm are going to look like #34.

jughead brown

March 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

Scoring? Bobo favors King because Bobo THINKS King can PASS BLOCK better than Ealey.

So guess who gets the most touches on the goal-line?

King.

Thus the difference in scoring.