Richt: Ealey, King will compete for playing time this week

Washaun Ealey ran for 157 yards and five touchdowns on a career-high 28 carries Saturday, but he’ll have to battle for playing time on Georgia’s practice field this week.

Coach Mark Richt said Sunday evening that Caleb King, back this week from a two-game suspension, will resume competition with Ealey for carries at tailback.

“I don’t think there’s any reason why [King] won’t get back into the mix,” Richt said. “I think he’s played pretty well this season. He has improved in a lot of areas throughout the year. We’re confident in his ability to play, so I’m sure he’ll get right back in it. I don’t know in terms of how many carries and all that kind of thing right now. We’ll observe those guys through the week of practice.”

Ealey told reporters after Saturday’s game that he “tweaked” his right knee in the fourth quarter but that it was nothing serious. As of 5:30 p.m.  Sunday, Richt said he had not heard anything from director of sports medicine Ron Courson about Ealey’s knee.

“I think, if something was going on, Ron would have called me by now,” Richt said.

Ealey limped off the field in the middle of the fourth quarter Saturday but returned three plays later and then made his longest run of the night, a 41-yarder. After two more carries, he left the game again in favor of Carlton Thomas.

“The way he finished, I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Richt said.

So, assuming Ealey’s knee is fine, he’ll resume his friendly competition with King, who had claimed the starting tailback job before his suspension.

“I do think that once a young man lives out his discipline, then he’s back in good standing with us,” Richt said. “We’ll give him as many reps as we think he deserves just by virtue of his practice and what he’s done in the past. The discipline’s over.”

A few other items from Richt’s conference call Sunday:

  • Richt was pleased to hear of some postgame comments by Kentucky coach Joker Phillips, who said late Saturday night that Georgia was “the best pass rush team we’ve seen, no question” and added Sunday that the Bulldogs were “one of the most physical teams we’ve played.” Said Richt: “I’ll tell you what. That is music to my ears, quite frankly. Because those are some of the very things we wanted people to feel about us. We wanted to earn people’s respect, and it sounds like we earned their respect. We wanted people to look at our film and say, ‘These guys played hard; these guys played with a physical nature.’ . . . We are just a better team than we were a month ago, and thankfully we’re getting some wins to go along with it.”
  • No determination yet on cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith’s availability for the game against Florida. He has missed the past three games after suffering a concussion, his second of the season, vs. Colorado.
  • Receiver Logan Gray and backup linebacker/special teamer Michael Gilliard suffered hamstring injuries against Kentucky. Gray returned to the game. Gilliard did not, and his status for this week is unknown.

99 comments Add your comment

shanahan

October 24th, 2010
9:35 pm

Shieldy

October 24th, 2010
9:36 pm

First? Y right!!

Shieldy

October 24th, 2010
9:37 pm

KeepDreaming

October 24th, 2010
9:38 pm

Time for some Gator meat!!

Finchdawg

October 24th, 2010
9:41 pm

Hmmmm . . . . Go with the hot hands, coach.

441North

October 24th, 2010
9:48 pm

J-ville could be VERRRRY INTERESTING……………………..

BBBieUgaVIII

October 24th, 2010
9:53 pm

Special Teams will be the turning point in this game.

U Get Arrested

October 24th, 2010
9:58 pm

Will they compete to see who will get arrested this week? Gators will win. Book it !

Gratefuldawghead

October 24th, 2010
10:02 pm

HUNKER DOWN DAWGS!

BurbankDawg

October 24th, 2010
10:07 pm

As long as we focus on execution and don’t try any more jersey gimmicks, we will prevail against those limping gators.

Frank Lane

October 24th, 2010
10:09 pm

I feel like we can and should win, but there is no way given history that I can feel good about this game.

beatdowns galore

October 24th, 2010
10:12 pm

UGA and Mark Richt is about to receive its first beatdown of the season. Its gonna get ugaly ! Get ready Kool Aid Drinkers !!!

maddawg

October 24th, 2010
10:20 pm

CMR’s comments worry me. Comments of praise for the players are great but those almost sound like words of complacency. Don’t take your foot off the pedal coach!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

October 24th, 2010
10:22 pm

So if they focused and played better football than Florida, a different colored jersey would negate that?

Right On Time

October 24th, 2010
10:22 pm

The players may or may not feel like the fans. If we are being honest, and I am, Urban could switch
out players with Idaho State and we still would not feel confident in a win against the gators. Dawgs
have won 3 straight and fla has lost 3 straight. However, UGA just gave up 31 points and 400+ yards to
kentucky. Corch Urban Myers is chomping at the bit to get to our db’s. Maybe Houston will have a huge game.

As for the article… King has fresh legs and should be trying to earn some respect back from his coach.
He will end up being the featured back.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

October 24th, 2010
10:22 pm

Sooo looking forward to more good football especially smashing those bugs.

maddawg

October 24th, 2010
10:25 pm

beatdown, are you an Auburn fan??? cause if you’re a gaytor fan have you checked your record? You got nothing to talk smack about!

Good Grief

October 24th, 2010
10:29 pm

If we get a lead Saturday, don’t shorten the game by running all the time. Teams can come back just like Kentucky did if we get conservative. Keep the motor going (throwing to set up the run). Go You Hairy Dawgs!!

atl xmen

October 24th, 2010
10:47 pm

fyi//ky didnt come back they lost by two scores because they didnt have time to come back. the coaches called an awesome game.

atl xmen

October 24th, 2010
10:49 pm

our coaches call a very smart game most of the time and with the right execution are unstoppable

JT

October 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

Wow, the play action pass does not work if you do not run the ball first. If the running game is working why would you want to pass….We beat UF three years ago running the ball to score first…then later we passed effectively because we were unpredictable in that game….Maybe we could get them thinking run and then hit our receivers to win again….Just a thought.

col fot

October 24th, 2010
10:59 pm

Regardless of what happens in Jacksonville, i think Gerogia has a good chance of upsetting Auburn. If they stay in their lanes on defense to corral Newton and force him to throw i think they can hold them to 24 and Georgia is certainly capable of putting up 27 to 30….but of course nobody has done that yet. Auburn has holes that defense that both Georgia and Alabama can expose.

crap sandwich

October 24th, 2010
11:15 pm

Sometimes a week off is helpful and other times it is not. UF will get some people healthy, which bodes well for them, but they are a banged up team. How many times have we gone to Jax with a Key player injured (ex Shockley), with everything else going for us and lose, in my opinion because of these injuries? UF has so many players dinged up and injured, Demps has been bothered by a bad ankle, Brantley’s ribs, and they even had to run the TE at TB in their loss to Miss St. I guess I feel the worm has turned, it seems this time. Georgia is as healthy as we have been all season, and even with Rainey coming back for the Gators, the dogs get King back from suspension as well. We may even get Smith back at DB (I hope), to spell the worst corner in the SEC, Cuff.

We also know that Georgia is becoming tough to run on, and UF has not all season had its running game. Brantley has not lit up the scoreboard either. Henry although a great punter, is having difficulty with placekicking. Georgia is on a roll, Florida is rolling the other way.

On paper I like the Dawgs chances. If we play mistake free solid football we will win. The time off for UF although helpful to heal, might not produce anything other than that.

alex "the beast" keeble

October 24th, 2010
11:41 pm

Vick=Dog killing Thug, get outta my life dude.. just leave now

Levi Sams

October 24th, 2010
11:45 pm

GEORGA IS A BUNCH OF T-H-U-G THUGS. WHO CARES ABOUT THE RUNNING BACK COMPETION WEN THEY CANT COMPETE WIT DA REALL TEAM OF DA SOUTH GEORGA TECH THATS RIIIIIGHT

Good Grief

October 24th, 2010
11:47 pm

We showed our best offense (Vandy & Ut) when we lost that predictable run twice then throw on third down nonsense. We were so predicatble early in the season. Notice against Vandy and UT we came out throwing to set up the run? THEY BOTH WORKED BEAUTIFULLY. Go You Hairy Dawgs!!

alex "the beast" keeble

October 24th, 2010
11:47 pm

shut yo dirty mouf levi sams.. shut it now dude.. if you wanna see some real football come check me out on any given sunday dude

Levi Sams

October 24th, 2010
11:47 pm

HEY COACH RICK!!!! HOW BOUT YOU LEARN HOW TO DISCIPLE THEM THUGS U GOT DOWN THERE B4 U TRY TO WHEN SOME GAMES LOL! GEORGA AINT GOT NOTHIN ON GT! WE GOT BETER ATTITUDES AND BETTER ATHELETES GET ON MY LEVEL

Good Grief

October 24th, 2010
11:51 pm

@Levi, it’s ok son. Go “drank u anuder beer”

david crane

October 24th, 2010
11:52 pm

yall boys wanna see some football then head on up to to see dem tigers play in clemons.. you don no nuffin bout no daboo swaney

LostDawg

October 25th, 2010
12:04 am

FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS…PLAY HARD AND ERROR FREE FOOTBALL TO BEAT THE GATORS. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Michael

October 25th, 2010
12:51 am

book this! Ga wins, 42 21

patrick

October 25th, 2010
2:10 am

ummmm……Urban could not put 26 total yards up on miami of ohio uin the first 3 quarters and u think its Fla thats chomping at the bit???????? no its justin houston

G. Tampa Bedwetter

October 25th, 2010
2:23 am

If King gets in the game; Bobo should be neutered on the spot !!

76-DAWG

October 25th, 2010
3:05 am

I hope just because UGA has won the last three games that CMR doesn’t go back letting Bobo play offensive coordinator without a lot of supervision.
I saw a lot of the old Bobo in the Kentucky game and it wasn’t very pretty. I hope that CMR realizes that if we didn’t have four turnovers that Kentucky would have won with the run philosophy that Bobo insist that we establish. It’s ok to run the ball 25 times a game but we should throw 45 times. It will open up the run. If Kentucky wasn’t the worst red zone team in the SEC we wouldn’t have had near the success running.

Columbus Dawg

October 25th, 2010
5:35 am

Richt has NOTHING to brag about, period. He will be playing for his job this week. If there was ever a time that UGA should take a win from UF, it’s this season, and the money people, and the new A.D. all know this. Did we have a lot of backup players on D when Kentucky scored that last touchdown? The jury is still way out on this guy they hired to coach the defensive backfield. Richt had better get it right, and quit bragging about wins against teams like Kentucky and Hawaii,ect.

destin dawg

October 25th, 2010
5:59 am

Richt… mix up the plays.. both King and Ealey… keep your foot on the Gas !!! use our great TE’s , AJ, and Durham…. one or 2 trickeration plays like a fake punt or reverse….. Grantham’s DDEEE is coming on… Rush Brantely… DE backs tight coverage ….. Ogletree comes on with an interception… Go Dawgs !!!!

gomdawg

October 25th, 2010
6:03 am

Columbus Dawg, damn leave the past in the past and look for the future .

gomdawg

October 25th, 2010
6:04 am

Now that’s what i’m talking about,destin dawg, JUST HUNKER DOWN ONE MORE TIME HUNKER DOWN

gomdawg

October 25th, 2010
6:08 am

THIS START’S A 4 YEAR WIN OVER GATORS, THIS SENIOR CLASS CAN SAY WE STARTED IT , LET’S GET THAT LEADERSHIP OUT AND HUNKER DOWN DAWGS

Bulldog Joe

October 25th, 2010
6:12 am

40-18 five years 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Not good, and 22 other programs have done better. This is not even discussing the arrests and suspensions that have also given us such bad press.

Bulldog Joe

October 25th, 2010
6:13 am

I also firmly believe that Caleb Darnell King is going to be found ineligible for the “wins” over hapless Louisiana Lafayette and hapless vols – the only 2 games all season he started.

He cannot borrow $ 500 from a University of Georgia bus driver whom he met on our campus as a bus drive for UGA directly. (That he is a thug for telling her if she made this all come to light, that he would publish on the Internet nude pics and video, without question is admission of all this.)

Bulldog Joe

October 25th, 2010
6:15 am

CMR is making another serious error in judgement if he plays Caleb King.

gomdawg

October 25th, 2010
6:32 am

76- DAWG, THAT WAS THE GAME PLAN RUN THE BALL AND KEEP THEIR OFF. OF FIELD (VERY GOOD OFF. )# 2 IN SEC

tell me again

October 25th, 2010
6:39 am

Bulldog Joe – produce the evidence or STFU

Bulldog Joe

October 25th, 2010
6:50 am

We had a game plan against a sorry Kentucky team who loses 6 or more games every year ?

What the hell was it ?

Count on them to fumble and throw an interception 4 times ?

Give up a TD on a kick-off return ?

44-31

Without those miscues, we lose that game

When our guy fumbles, HE made a mistake

When their guy fumbles, WE made a play

B.S.

cj

October 25th, 2010
7:36 am

probably one of the most boring games of the weekend….

edumacated

October 25th, 2010
7:44 am

A lot of the outcome against Florida will be determined by how much the officials let those guys cheat this year. UGA can’t be expected to beat the zebras too.

Bid dawg fan

October 25th, 2010
7:46 am

why dont all you suppose to be bulldogs shut up your crying. Let the
coaches do thier job. If GA had been in any serious trouble in Kentucky
I;m sure you would have seen some different things.If you cant run the ball in the SEC you wont win many games. Let’s get behind our team, go to FLA, get a big win and, have some fun.

Countdown to Jax

October 25th, 2010
7:55 am