Fumbles will cost Ealey starting job, playing time this week

ATHENS — Washaun Ealey’s fumbles cost Georgia dearly in losses to South Carolina and Mississippi State, and they will cost the sophomore tailback some playing time this week at Colorado.

“He’s going to play, but if a guy is turning it over, you’ve got to take some playing time away from him,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Tuesday night.

Bobo and running backs coach Bryan McClendon said either Caleb King or Carlton Thomas will start at tailback Saturday and get some snaps that otherwise would have gone to Ealey. All three tailbacks played last week and, according to the coaches, will again this week.

Ealey has started at tailback the past three games, but his fumbles inside the opponent’s 5-yard line denied Georgia potential touchdowns at South Carolina and Mississippi State.

Both of Ealey’s fumbles resulted from “a slip in his technique,” McClendon said. “We have to make sure that can’t happen. It’s so hard to win in this league, but you make it that much harder when you’re laying the ball on the ground.”

The coaches weren’t specific on how much Ealey’s playing time will be reduced, although McClendon said “it won’t be a bunch less.”

King played on a limited basis last week after missing the previous two games with a sprained right ankle. McClendon said last week’s game helped King regain confidence in the ankle. He is “not missing a beat” in practice this week, McClendon said.

The 5-foot-7, 176-pound Thomas, who entered the season as the No. 3 tailback, relishes the idea of increased playing time.

“I’m just pretty much waiting for more,” Thomas said. “I’m ready to get into that rhythm, man. . . . I love reps. I want some more to show what I can do.”

Georgia has struggled unexpectedly in the running game this season, ranking 11th — next-to-last — in the SEC with an average of 124.2 yards rushing per game.

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RAMBLE ON!!!

September 28th, 2010
8:59 pm

Hit and run won’t, but fumble that football.

merbertmoover

September 28th, 2010
9:00 pm

merbertmoover

September 28th, 2010
9:00 pm

dag nabbit!!!

DostaDawg

September 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

Send his thug ass back to Stillmore. Bobo too and Garner and McClendon and Searls. May throw Van Halenger in that as well. I’m so tired of “We are going to keep banging away.” Thats not cutting it anymore. We(the fans) deserve to know what they are doing to turn this team around. I cant stand the “we are just going to keep doin what we’re doin” line. IT AINT BY GOD WORKING. The call in show on Monday nights has become the Blo Mark Richt show. Cant stand it. At least we didnt have to hear him say hello to Noah last nite.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

September 28th, 2010
9:09 pm

COME ON DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

80Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

Great comment Tech fan! You are having such a great year. I can see why you want to post about the bulldogs.

Duluth Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

Ramble On,
Ealey missed his first game for his hit and run offense. Has your DE Robert Hall beaten up anymore women lately?? Hall paid a huge “one game” price for assaulting a woman. LOL!! If you live in a glass house, best not to throw stones. Now, get off the UGA blog and get some help with your obsession with UGA.

real dawg fan.......

September 28th, 2010
9:10 pm

this is as stupid as every call bobo has made all year,what a dumb$%$

Old Dawg Fan

September 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

Ealey’s “fumble issues” did hurt but they did not cause the loses to MS and SC. Reducing Ealey’s time (even though he is a slug) and Thomas playing more sure the “heck” aren’t the answers to the Offense’s problems!!! Bobo, Homer Simpson and Coach Cline (WaterBoy) are one in the same.
Actually I had rather have Homer and Coach Cline as a “offensive Coordinator-at least they are funny.

bwell

September 28th, 2010
9:25 pm

excuses excuses………… the offensive line need to hit the MESS out some people and the OC NEED TO CALL BETTER PLAYS!!!!!!!!! If OC could go spread 4 or 5 wr and sometime allow the qb to make a play with his feet or arm it may open up the run game, I know ga want to run first then pass but at this junction ga need to pass or fake pass to loosen up the defense, if not every team will stack the line with 7 or 8 personnel. OC do some quick slants wildcat with B.Smith (db) a reverse or qb hold and hid the ball heck OC you need to loosen up. Make it happen please

tom

September 28th, 2010
9:25 pm

wonder what look jon gruden would give ealey for fumbling? i bet it would not be purty. bring on chucky!!!!!!!!!!

DostaDawg

September 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

Jim Harbaugh

wildbill

September 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

A junior high running back has better ball protection skills than Ealey. Ealey has it all backwards. I don’t even have to explain it, he is so baaaaad at ball protection. Anybody who has ever carried a football knows to cover up with both hands and arms in heavy traffic and not to carry the ball like a loaf of bread. I bet his h.s. coach is in agony watching Ealey fumble…..time and time again.

kb

September 28th, 2010
9:31 pm

Could you guys please stop with the profanity? It is so unnessasary.

Right On Time

September 28th, 2010
9:32 pm

I’ll tell ya, that Ramble On person is more obsessed with UGA than many of the
Dawgs fans I have met.

Article posts at 8:53 and little Ramble posts at 8:59.

That girl must live on any blog concerning UGA.

Poor little lady.

Professor Van Nostren

September 28th, 2010
9:35 pm

I love how Ealey said he would “never fumble again” after his fumbles in the KY game last year cost us the win. Here we are 1-year later, and the same old thing. For god sakes hang onto the freakin’ football!! When was the last time Mark Ingram fumbled?? He NEVER does!

Cuz

September 28th, 2010
9:35 pm

A kid my size ready to take on 325 lb defensive linemen. Kid, when you get my age that arthritis you get later from punishing your body now will be excruciating.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 28th, 2010
9:37 pm

CUZ you don’t LIE for sure. HAHAHAH

Lieutenant Commander Obvious

September 28th, 2010
9:38 pm

Is it too late to put Richard Samuel back at tailback?

extrapoint

September 28th, 2010
9:38 pm

Might as well throw in Ealey’s fumble in the red zone in last year’s Kentucky’s game which was a turning point. There are some other teams where he would never see the field again. No phenom freshman to put in here.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 28th, 2010
9:39 pm

CUZ i was so cool racing AMA motorcycles and the Racer Chaser were great. Now, after breaking my Back and having to get out of bed. Damn, it was not so fun racing motorcycles after all. AHHAHHAHA

5150 P.O.A.D

September 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

DULUTH the charges were reduced because he didn’t assult his girlfriend. He pushed her off him as he tried to get out of the apartment. Hall was not trying to hurt her. he was trying to leave a bad situation with a CEAZY CHICK. If you have ever had dealings with women you know they can get CRAZY too. The courts always side with women, but the courts are leaning some women are the aggressor in these disputes too.

The Real SugarHillDawg

September 28th, 2010
9:46 pm

What do the O lineman have to do to lose playing time? Kill somone?? They SUCK too!!

realistic dog fan

September 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

Washon is a jerk. At the Arkansas game he was dancing around during a time out when we were 14 points down. Why does Mark Richt allow DANCING when we are LOSING??????????? He is a good mind, but jeez – get a clue Coach Richt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

realistic dog fan

September 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

correction – He is a good man . . .

bjohndawg

September 28th, 2010
9:55 pm

You want a load of crap. Here is one.
On 680 the Fan Kevin Butler on Sunday morning said
The reason Georgia is struggling is because of Damon Evans
His policy had coaches doing more than just coaching:

Interest, their extra duties sure could not have been keeping the players out of trouble
Because if so, they have failed at that as well as their coaching.

Not sure what he was referring to: Like Kevin as a player, and he was a hell of a kicker
But that statement just did not wash.

Damon Evans and the red panties or his policy ( whatever that is that he referred to)
has nothing to do with this coaching staff. And frankly that is credit does not belong on his shoulders
The coaches are responsible for coaching; and their are just no excuses for their subpar effort of late.

THIS IS A LIFESTYLE PROGRAM- do just enough to keep your job. BFFs are more important than winning. That comes from the top. And frankly has nothing to do with Damon Evans or any other part of this football team. The responsible is on Richt and his staff.

I have always been a fan of coach richt. But the ah shucks mentality has to change. This program needs a 1,000 enema to flush out the complacent crap that has festered for the last few years.
time to get back to GATA.

NC Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:56 pm

Why is our running backs coach a former WR and our WR coach a former running back?

DawginOH

September 28th, 2010
9:58 pm

So benching him for poor play is just, but where is the report that says the coaches are working with him at practice to prevent future costly fumbles? How do they expect the kid to improve if they don’t work with him on his shortcomings?

Alphare

September 28th, 2010
10:03 pm

If Richt was tough with bad apples as now, Ealey would be off the team, and UGA wouldn’t suffer the 2 fumbles.

Richt kicked one player off the team yesterday whose crime is way below Ealey’s. The only reason that Ealey is suspended 1 game instead of being kicked off the team is Richt thought he would be the #1 force in UGA’s running game. How does that work out for you, Mr. Richt?

5150 P.O.A.D

September 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

Ealey always Bogarted the Joint and never dropped it at the Basement smokeout in High School.

cmac

September 28th, 2010
10:06 pm

If Ealey had been kicked off the team like the freshman linebacker, somebody else would have been carrying the ball against SC & Miss St & maybe they don’t fumble!! How does UGA have such mediocre tailbacks? For that matter, why is there so much mediocre talent on the team?

There are two basic things you must do to have a chance for success: block & tackle. This team has not done either.

Bring back Willie! He never lost in Columbia, never lost to Ark & never lost to Miss St! Also, he costs ALOT less than the sham we have been given!

Also, maybe its time that Searles starts talking to the media. He owes an explanation has to what he crap he has been doing since coaching up football is evidently not on his radar!

1 - 3 - 10

September 28th, 2010
10:08 pm

Says it all.

1 - 3 - 10

September 28th, 2010
10:10 pm

That’s why all of the AD’s are calling UGA now wanting to schedule them for their home coming games.

WOOOF,,,,WOOOF,,,on that tid bit of information.

cmac

September 28th, 2010
10:11 pm

The problem with this team starts at the TOP. You people who always want to blame the assistant coaches had better stop drinking the kool-aid! The problem is the head coach. He has brought the FSU mentality to UGA.

The major difference is that Bowden produced over 20 years of success before he let the program start running on its own. Richt only drove the bus for 7 1/2 years before he put it on auto-pilot! I guess that when your guaranteed to make $3 million + per year, there is not much incentive o produce … & he hasn’t in nearly 3 years!

Red

September 28th, 2010
10:12 pm

“…but if a guy is turning it over, you’ve got to take some playing time away from him,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Tuesday night. What about “but if a coach is calling bad plays, you’ve got to take some playcalling time away from him”?

“…but if a guy is turning it over, you’ve got to take some playing time away from him,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Tuesday night. What about “but if a coach is calling bad plays, you’ve got to take some playcalling time away from him”?

So easy for you to blame the players.

dbc

September 28th, 2010
10:13 pm

Yeah, running little Carlton up the gut will get UGA two things: Him injured and the team a yard. King is nothing but another bust who was supposed to be great. First he couldn’t block (see Stafford several years ago against Fla.) during the Knowshon “I think I’ll take a breather and save my body for the NFL”, season. And then Knowshon begins his NFL career hurt I might add.Now King can’t get on the field for more than two games at a time for injuries. Now we have Ealey who looks like he’s shaving points since his fumbles all have the same MO. UGA used to be Tailback U. But of course with a bunch of mushy meat heads up front, there’s only so much a back can do. And thanks CMR for totally wasting AJ’s eligibility. First year QB’s all three years. Brilliant. Maybe he can come back for Lemay, but I seriously doubt if Lemay actually signs when the time comes.

aladawg

September 28th, 2010
10:13 pm

I say sit Ealey on the bench and make a water boy out of him. He needs to sit out the entire game.

1 - 3 - 10

September 28th, 2010
10:17 pm

It’s just like Charlie Daniels sang,,,,the souths go’n to do it again. Only as we’ve all come to expect it is south of Jawja as in Gator land.

Brian Asselstine

September 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

Thomas as “scatback” gives UGA the best chance to run the ball. Eley and King are too slow. Thomas is explosive but if blocking does not pick up, he will get mashed. Who knows maybe teh line will block for a guy that runs hard.

guy

September 28th, 2010
10:21 pm

Bwell really must have screwed up big time in English grammar.Wow!!!!

NC Dawg

September 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Washaun, my man, what is it about “WRAP UP” that you don’t understand?

ryan

September 28th, 2010
10:30 pm

How about seeing what Ken Malcome can do we just need fine a consistent running Back who gets TDs and does not fumble on the goal line .

Jiggy Smaha

September 28th, 2010
10:30 pm

Here’s something for all you Richt haters to chew on—and I’m serious now–and as frustrated as anyone (except the coaching staff) but if Georgia goes 6-6 this year. Take the last 5 years of Richt’s tenure and his record is better than ANY OTHER 5 year period in Georgia football HISTORY–except for the 3 years that Herschel Walker played. Any other 5 year period in GEORGIA HISTORY. If we had had the internet in Vince Dooley’s day there would have been at least seven years in which all of you would have been howling for his job. And he is the winningest coach in UGA history and a Hall of Famer. So take a breath. Inhale. Get behind the program instead of piling on and give the head man the support he has EARNED.

greg

September 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

Damon was the CEO for the football team/program…. he is responsable for everything at UGA…coaches, players, on field actions , off field actions….. thank god there’s a new sheriff in town…… GMcG!!!

JW

September 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

Speaking of the fumble…play should have been blown dead the second his helmet came off. NCAA rules…we still suck, but…

greg

September 28th, 2010
10:36 pm

bjohndawg …. listen don’t think…. Butler knows more than you will ever have the chance to know and he tells it like it is ….. like it or not he has called the problem for three years … developing players and the CEO(DE) needs to make decisions that the coaches can’t…. period.

quitman dog

September 28th, 2010
10:38 pm

Come on people,I think you all know that Ealey gives us the best chance to win,and we will win,its going to make us alot better with A J back,we will start using Charles and White and just need to mix it up alot more than we have been,maybe short passes on first and second downs,if they know you are running the ball,its hard to run(they stack the box)young QB,has four games under his belt now,have to admit its time to open up the playbook,all the haters need to admit we were in the game with 10 minutes to play after all the bad stuff that happen to us,a few breaks and we are 3-1 or atleast 2-2,we are going to win WAIT AND SEE,we are not that far off. HAVE FAITH…………

guy

September 28th, 2010
10:39 pm

Jiggy Smaha is right on the money!!!!!

Chris Hawkins

September 28th, 2010
10:41 pm

“Slip in technique” = point shaving. DostaDawg, you’re right about Van Halenger. If he spent more time running workouts and putting an off season program together instead reminiscing about his days as Deion Sander’s strength coach the Dawgs might have suffered fewer injuries the last few years and wouldn’t be getting physically dominated in all aspects of the game so far this season. Seriously, any time coach Van speaks at function, half it’s pointless babble about Deion Sanders. I’ve seen it.

TheTaxJacket

September 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

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