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: