Last in SEC in rushing, Georgia expects TB King to play this week

ATHENS — Georgia, which ranks last in the SEC in rushing two weeks into the season, expects to have its tailback tandem intact for the first time this year Saturday against Arkansas.

Caleb King, who missed last week’s game at South Carolina because of a sprained ankle suffered in the season opener, “should practice this week and be fine,” coach Mark Richt said Tuesday.

Washaun Ealey, who was suspended from the opener because of an off-season arrest, returned against South Carolina but seemed less effective without running mate King.

King and Ealey formed a formidable tandem at the position in the second half of last season.

Georgia is averaging 122.5 yards rushing through two games,  ranking 89th among the nation’s 120 major-college teams.  King had 47 yards on 10 carries against Louisiana-Lafayette, getting just one carry in the second half after injuring an ankle late in the first. Ealey had 75 yards on 19 carries against South Carolina and lost a critical fumble near the goal line late in the third quarter.

The tailbacks’ absences and inconsistency haven’t been the only problems for Georgia’s running game. A veteran offensive line hasn’t been nearly as stellar as expected.

Richt said the run blocking last week was only “fair.”

“If I had a bunch of freshman linemen, I’d say it was a pretty decent day,” Richt said Tuesday. “But for that group of guys, I think we can do better. We’re challenging our runners to get more out of what’s being blocked too.

“That kid from South Carolina did,” he added, referring to freshman Marcus Lattimore’s 182-yard performance against the Bulldogs.

Georgia offensive tackle Josh Davis vowed that the Dogs’ running game will improve.

“We’re going to run the ball, and we’re going to do it very well,” he said. “When we have an experienced offensive line, we should be able to run the ball. I think [the South Carolina game] was a good learning experience, but it’s not going to happen again.”

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Shaun Chapas, Georgia’s starting fullback, is questionable for Saturday’s game because of a sprained ankle, Richt said Tuesday.

Chapas injured the ankle in the first half of the South Carolina game and did not play in the second half.

If Chapas can’t play against Arkansas, Fred Munzenmaier will start at fullback.

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133 comments Add your comment

Roger

September 14th, 2010
4:10 pm

Who cares I am 1st

Roger

September 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

Bryan G.

September 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

I hope we practiced actual tackling this week. Yes, I’m talking to you Jakar “The Shoulder Block” Hamilton and Baccari “Loaf” Rambo.

Roger

September 14th, 2010
4:12 pm

I will stop now cause that is so lame

Does DAWG poop stink?

September 14th, 2010
4:18 pm

What about the offensive line? I heard their feelings were hurt in the first series and most sat out the rest of the game.

30-24, 8-1, 60-39-5

September 14th, 2010
4:21 pm

Paul Johnso was recently asked to best describe the tiple option women who do not know or like football.

Here was his response…….

“What we gonn-do is this ri’ chuh…

snap the ball to Neesbit. Then ever-body swarm in and create a inpenetratable circle around said Neesbit. Then that dagggum Neesbit will hand the ball off to one very lucky player. Then we BREAK open the circle around Neesbit, and nobody will know who has the ball Neesbit gave em’. Then chances are, the lucky player with Neesbit’s ball will run daggum scott-free to the touchdown zone.

Come play for Me, Paul Johnson, and run the unstaoppable triple option.”

Unfortunetly, North Dakota State read this, and was able to decode this style of offense, and beat the MIGHTY Yellow Jackets as a result.

Glory Glory

September 14th, 2010
4:26 pm

@30-24……

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

LHardingDawg

September 14th, 2010
4:26 pm

How long does a sprained ankle take to heal? Back in the olden days, we played with sprained ankles most of the time. Coach just taped the damn thing up and we played, both ways. That’s also probably the reason I can barely walk.

These guys need to “man up”.

dawgster

September 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

Bryan G…just for your lack of info…Rambo had 12 tackles in the game Sat..That shouldn’t be overlooked and i’m quiet sure when the coaches evaluate the film they will address any issues that they see..I wouldn’t be so quick to call him out due to some commentators on TV putting their two cents worth…..If anything lets address the lack of offensive production..Had we had any on sat, giving up just 17 points would have been acceptable…Dawg fans its still just one game and we can have a great season…Sc is going to be good but some of you just can;t accept that…How many times has Coach Richt beaten SC and how many times do you think the SC fans think they should have won the game and quiet frankly they should have on several occasions…unfortunately this past Sat we just didn’t have it together, but still just one game…

ValdostaDawg

September 14th, 2010
4:40 pm

dawgster: Awesome comments! I’m tired of the wishy washy fans. We need to stay behind our team. Mistakes are going to happen on the Defense and thats when the “O” is supposed to be there. And the same the other way around. Unfortunatley they both had an off game.

destin dawg

September 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

right Dawgster… game 1… Ark. is dam good, maybe better than SC… so we”ll need to step it up this Sat… could still be a great season…. Go Dawgs !!!

Chip Kelly

September 14th, 2010
4:47 pm

If my defense only gives up 17 points, I’m winning the game. Set the pace and win the race on offense.

destin dawg

September 14th, 2010
4:47 pm

play Ogletree @ SS.. run Malcome .. substitute.. give ‘em all a chance .. shake things up and keep “em fresh… Richt call the Dam Plays… I remember some exciting FB @ FSU when you were OC…. WHO “LL LET THE DAWGS OUT !!!!

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

I call BS on your assement dawg stuck in SC, Bobo has more power than Richt, why do you think he’s still OC? I predict Bozo will open up the offensive playbook this week for murray, upset Arkansas and “save his job” like he does every year. Mark my word!

biggerthanbigdawg

September 14th, 2010
4:50 pm

All the comments I’ve read thus far on this blog seem to be derived from the minds of retards. The DAWGS will get back on track this weekend.
BANK ON IT BUDDY!!

BTW…let me know if you don’t know what derived means..n I’ll splain it to ya. GATA GA!

jimmy mack

September 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

doesn’t matter who run’s it .if no body block’s

jsmithc

September 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

king and most running backs have a better chance to get yards and show off their skills when the ball is run outside the tackles!! the sprint draw is a joke !!!! how about lets get the offensive line and the running game going down hill and throw in a few toss sweeps now and then???

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
4:58 pm

biggerthanbigdawg, you are part of the problem! you said the dawgs will get back on track. For what? we’re not going to win the SEC east or play for a national championship. So what the hell are we getting back on track for?

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
5:01 pm

Problem is Bozo only has 4 plays!

Brian

September 14th, 2010
5:02 pm

The pass blocking was really good for Murray, especially considering the defense they were blocking. Run-blocking hasn’t been good at all, I think it’s time to make a change or two there, because we have 2 over-average running backs, they should be getting more than 4 yards a carry. I’m pumped for the game this weekend! Go Dawgs!

dawg stuck in SC

September 14th, 2010
5:03 pm

SonafaDawg, call whatever you want. You are totally wrong. When has an assistant ever had more power than the head man? CMR is ultimately responsible and until folks like you realize this, UGA will always be waiting for next season.
I DO hope UGA wins every game. I will be pleasantly surprised if they do.

So where is Simple Simon aka Pat Sulley today

September 14th, 2010
5:05 pm

Simple Simon AKA Patrick Sulley,

Didn’t you say that Georgia had the best offensive line in the country with 5 guys back and a collective 157 starts between them? Dead last in the sec? Especially after 1 of your 2 opponents was Lafayette? 3 yard average against Lafayette?

What was that about Ealey being better than Trent “the beast” Richardson over at Alabama? Seriously? Richardson had 144 total yds vs Penn St and anther 40 receiving for a total of almost 200 yds against a tough Penn State defense. And Ealey had what against the chickens?

long-time dawg

September 14th, 2010
5:08 pm

I saw one big Georgia lineman dodge Lattimore and when two of his teammates hit him(Lattimore) the big woosie tried to grab Lattimore (from behind)by the hips. If that is “Georgia football” then Alzheimers has a hold of me.

Einsteindawg

September 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

Destin Dawg,
I’m with you…let’s play our freshman because whatever the coaches are saying that they need to wait and learn is not working! Do we have the only “slow learners” freshman class in college football? Also, watched Greg Reid (Valdosta) of FSU against Oklahoma on Sat trying unsuccessfully to “bump” the ballcarrier down. Is this what they are being taught in Georgia High School football? Another reason to recruit 6′+ secondary.

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

Dawg stuck in SC, you’re still stuck in SC. Are you really satisfied with Bozo as OC? If you are, then how do you explain his game strategy of “we want to run the ball to protect our freshmen quarterback” against SC? I guess you’re one of those status quo fans who are satisfied with winning 10 games and a cheesey a$$ bowl!

Concrete Pete

September 14th, 2010
5:12 pm

WE MUST GET A NEW STRENGTH COACH.

bigdsel

September 14th, 2010
5:14 pm

I hope them Dawgs come to play this weekend. I know they are better than what they did last weekend. coaches were scared to play to their full potential, Let Murray free. you let Joe play free and we still beat sc, ark. Joe made some bad plays (19 or so) but Murray is more talented and we need to play him to his full potential otherwise we can hang it up.

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

Everbody here mark my word. Bozo will open up the offensive playbook this weekend and put a bunch of points up in a win against Arkansas to “save his job” if you will.

Nanga Parbat

September 14th, 2010
5:19 pm

Serious Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same question this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Meyer represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 50:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

As they say in poker, “Read ‘em and weep.” And enjoy your red panties, that’s all we have to show for this season.

Not counting the Fulmer/Richt Cup, of course.

Einsteindawg

September 14th, 2010
5:20 pm

SonofaDawg,
Does that mean we’ll have six offensive plays rather than four?

dawg stuck in SC

September 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

SonofaDawg, Can you read? I am not defending Bobo. I just think it is wrong to blame Bobo and give Mark Richt no blame. CMR allows Bobo to call plays. CMR could demote Bobo anytime. Problem is, Bobo is running Mark Richts offense.The “strategy” to protect the QB came from CMR.
Suits me to fire both of them.

Joe in Paulding

September 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

“I guess you’re one of those status quo fans who are satisfied with winning 10 games and a cheesey a$$ bowl!”

Most dawgtards are learning to be happy with 8-9 wins a year. Mark Richt certainly is.

vernon

September 14th, 2010
5:28 pm

Will the Miss. St. game be on Fox Sport South in Georgia?

SonofaDawg

September 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

einsteindog, maybe. Dawg stuck in SC, if Richt had the power Bozo would have at least been demoted back to QB coach. At least we do agree as passionate dawg fans that both CMR and Bozo need to go. However, Bozo will play the game as he always does after being criticized for his ultra conservative play calling. He will open up the playbook, put maybe 30+ on Arkansas and UGA will win.

TheTaxJacket

September 14th, 2010
5:34 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

Danny

September 14th, 2010
5:38 pm

THE OL will always be 4th rate until Mark is fired. He is soft and the team is soft.

Bdawg

September 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

King and Ealey both have something to prove because, I’m not convinced that either of them are top quality RBs. We generally loose the recruiting battle for 5 star running backs and it shows every year. Maybe it’s due to the poor OC and the lackluster playcallling. All Bobo worries about is finding a good QB. He hasn’t figured out that you still need big physical lineman, top RBs and big physical WRs. Oh, I’m sorry he’s not the HC, that would be laid back and religious Richt, whom will never win a NC because he doesn’t know how to dictate to his team or the coaches. Dawg stuck in sc, your’e right, it’s not just Bobo’s faught, Richt is more to blame, because he allows this crap to go on and continues to make excuses. Until Dawg fans really admit it, we will never win a NC with Richt and Bobo running the show. They will continue to say after every loss,”we have to prepare better”, or my favorite, “we have to recruit better.” Guess what, if you coach better and win games all that will take care of itself.

UGA has no offense or defense

September 14th, 2010
5:40 pm

they will get beat again by Arky and flea bag nation will still be crying fire everybody.

Ace

September 14th, 2010
5:42 pm

The bookies have UGA a favorite, can they rise up or will they fall flat.

sogadog

September 14th, 2010
5:45 pm

“Georgia aint man enough…” Pat Dye

JB

September 14th, 2010
5:47 pm

I hope we cut the grass short for the game Saturday…..our backs go down pretty easy, we need all the help we can give them….

JB

September 14th, 2010
5:48 pm

Dye would have been correct Saturday.

Einsteindawg

September 14th, 2010
5:48 pm

Richt and his little stooge Bobo are the kings of excuses. Our ‘10 season will be 8-5 and Bobo will be sacfificed and next year we’ll have the same excuses only different people. These are the symptoms, Richt is the problem. Hire Utah’s coach and elevate UGA.

Florida Dawg

September 14th, 2010
5:52 pm

I agree that if you hold a “good team” to 17 points, the offense should win the game with at least 18 points. That’s not asking a lot from a team that has the resources that UGA has.
Now if SC’s defense holds everyone else to 6 points…I will be wrong.

Snoop Dawg

September 14th, 2010
5:53 pm

Richt doesn’t have a clue. He’s in way over his head and this is the season it all comes apart…

Pago Pago Dawg

September 14th, 2010
6:02 pm

The DAWG NATION should be very thankful we aren’t playing MICH and that great Heisman qb, he could run and pass 800 yards on UGA!

Mike Smith

September 14th, 2010
6:06 pm

They could have Lattimore in the backfield, and it wont do any good until the O-line decides to MAN UP and knock the defense off the ball.

bob

September 14th, 2010
6:09 pm

Both these backs are average at best, with a new QB and w/o Green they sure are useless. Arkansas has not shown too much yet. D will have to carry the load this year.

Win P

September 14th, 2010
6:10 pm

Have you noticed the “stars” are often not around when you need them? They are hurt, in trouble with the law or NCAA or simply don’t want to play. AA probably has a better record of changing behavior, than UGA’s
football staff.