Ealey not expected to play on G-Day; Geathers, Jenkins together on D-line?

(Updated 9:15 p.m.)

ATHENS — The hamstring injury that has kept tailback Washaun Ealey on the sideline for most of Georgia’s spring practice also figures to keep him out of Saturday’s G-Day game.

“I don’t think Washaun will go,” coach Mark Richt said Thursday.

Ealey had expected to return to practice this week, but Richt said that proved overly optimistic.

“Washaun has never had a hamstring injury before,” Richt said. “What happens a lot of times is, you feel good enough to walk at your normal gait and . . . you might even be able to jog. But when you truly go full speed or compete or go through a practice where you begin to fatigue, then you’re getting close to pulling it again. Guys don’t realize it, but once they feel like they’re ready, it’s usually another week to 10 days before you can really go if it was a pretty significant pull, which [Ealey's] was.”

Ealey was on the field Thursday, but not in shoulder pads, as the Bulldogs went through their final practice before G-Day. He has been sidelined for 10 of Georgia’s 14 practices, including both of its scrimmages, so far this spring.

The G-Day game will be the last chance for the Bulldogs’ other tailbacks to make an impression before the arrival this summer of prized recruit Isaiah Crowell, who is expected to immediately compete for the starting job.

Veteran tailbacks Caleb King and Carlton Thomas are on the “Red” team for G-Day, while Ken Malcome and walk-on Brandon Harton figure to get most of the carries for the “Black” team.

Malcome, who was redshirted as a freshman last season, missed last week’s scrimmage with a nagging groin injury. But he has practiced this week and should be available Saturday, Richt said.

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Depleted secondary

Richt estimated that at least 10 players will miss G-Day because of injuries, although coaches are awaiting word on some others from head trainer Ron Courson.

The defensive backfield, which has been particularly hard hit by injuries, could have five players out of action Saturday.

Safety Bacarri Rambo won’t play because of a sprained knee ligament, and cornerback-safety Sanders Commings (concussion), safety Jakar Hamilton (concussion) and cornerback Jordan Love (hamstring) aren’t expected to play. Cornerback Brandon Boykin’s status is “kind of iffy,” said Richt, who added: “We’re leaning toward him not going right now.”

Fans at G-Day should be able to see Alec Ogletree at his new position, though. Moved from safety to inside linebacker at the start of spring practice, Ogletree was back at practice Thursday after missing several sessions with a strained groin.

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Geathers and Jenkins

Kwame Geathers‘ strong spring at nose guard has defensive coordinator Todd Grantham thinking about potentially playing Geathers and John Jenkins, the prized junior-college nose guard who will join the Bulldogs this summer, together on the defensive line.

Geathers is listed at 350 pounds, and Jenkins is up to 361, according to defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

If Georgia wants both in the game, could one of them play end?

“There ain’t a rule against it,” Grantham said. “You’ve got to find a way to play your best players. It’s not always going to be maybe the perfect scenario.”

Grantham also said: “There’s nothing etched in stone those two guys have to be noses. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a couple of different packages.”

Garner said Geathers has made “a lot of improvement” since last fall. “He’s using his hands much better than he did last year and playing stouter,” Garner said.

Geathers’ progress — and Jenkins’ impending arrival — freed DeAngelo Tyson to move from nose guard to defensive end, where he is thriving. Tyson “has shown dramatic improvement” this spring, said Garner, who also has been pleased with the play of Abry Jones at the other end position.

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Sturdivant’s rehab

Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who underwent surgery this week on a torn right ACL, faces his third round of rehabilitation from major knee surgeries.

“Knowing you’ve got to go through that rehab is no fun, and not being certain where you go next, so to speak, is tough on him right now,” Richt said. “The goal for all of us is to rally around him and encourage him and help him rehab . . . and then also help him go wherever he chooses to go because he does still have options of what he can do.”

Options include applying for a sixth year of eligibility in 2012 if he misses the entire 2011 season.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

141 comments Add your comment

Randall "Pink" Floyd

April 14th, 2011
7:42 pm

DS

April 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

If they are banged up, its cause there has been some HITTIN goin on in practice. I talked to a UGA cop and he said its LOUD and GATA out there… good for them.. rest them now, they gotta go in the fall… let some depth build.

Busted play

April 14th, 2011
7:56 pm

Ealey and King might as well go ahead and join the Busts players club at UGA. They never realized their full potential.

BigDawg

April 14th, 2011
7:56 pm

Isiah, hurry up!

Worm

April 14th, 2011
8:01 pm

I wouldn’t give up on Ealey just yet..Look at his stats thru two years and they’re very similar to garrison Hearst..Hearst didn’t become a star until his junior year..If you have a media guide you’ll be surprised!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

April 14th, 2011
8:03 pm

I’ll be ready to go, though. I am in game shape right now. I feel so good I may not sit on ice this year. The day of the fat, slovenly, inbred bulldog at UGA is over. This will be my first full season. I am ready.

dawgforever

April 14th, 2011
8:19 pm

how many running backs do we have..including isaiah crowell?

RichmondDawg

April 14th, 2011
8:40 pm

Among the backs, I would have to agree that Ealey has shown the most potential, and that King has been the bigger disapointment, but you never know, Crowell might light a fire under one of these guys next fall. Looking forward to seeing Jarvis and Bennett on G Day, along with a couple of others. Chip, what is the latest on Stripling? Is he likely to redshirt this year or what? Seems like that injury has been slower to heal than expected, which is a shame.

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
8:40 pm

Hell if I were Ealey I wouldn’t play/ practice much until the week before the BSU game. If all the FANS and coaches think CROWELL is the man then so be it. Ealey should do very little to get himself hurt or tired until Crowell shows that he is the BUST we know he will be.

RichmondDawg

April 14th, 2011
8:45 pm

And Chip, did they move you from the recruting desk to the UGA sports desk for good? Hey, why not keep both and lobby for a nice raise? I’m sure some of the recruiting regulars will back your play…

Wash-Out Eeley

April 14th, 2011
8:49 pm

Only an idiot would still think that Ealey will ever contribute anything except his big mouth.

Can you say L-O-S-E-R.

bad brad

April 14th, 2011
8:53 pm

@Richmond Dawg, Look at the byline; this is by Tim Tucker. For some reason, the AJC does this from time to time. He and Chip are twin sons from different mothers.

RichmondDawg

April 14th, 2011
9:01 pm

@Bad didn’t catch that…very odd

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
9:06 pm

BB
don’t you mean twin sons of a different father?

trupert

April 14th, 2011
9:07 pm

Looking forward to G-day. Hope the rain misses Athens. Go Dawgs!!!

PowerDawg

April 14th, 2011
9:08 pm

51WTGW50-

Jealousy really looks bad on you, dude. Ealey had his chance to clamp down the starting TB slot and he didn’t. He doesn’t run hard enough often enough,and he doesn’t hang on to the ball like he should. He’ll get another chance but if he doesn’t have the heart of a lion it won’t do him any good. (Sounds like you’re a little upset that Crowell spurned offers from your school or maybe you are just and ECI homer)Either way, Crowell is the real deal and he will prove it when fall camp begins.

JimDawg

April 14th, 2011
9:17 pm

I agree with Worm, way too early to give up on Ealey. He hasn’t shown himself to be the smartest player on or off the field, but he has had 3 years now to grow up. If he wants to get drafted and go to the NFL, this is the year for him to step up and show what he can do. I predict a good season for Ealey and then an early entry into next years draft.

Atlanta Dawg

April 14th, 2011
9:30 pm

I could see Geathers and Jenkins being both in the game for certain down situations where a run is expected like 3rd and short. Also, not that I speak from experience, but I think Nose takes a lot of stamina and energy to play strong all game long and being able to alternate these guys in such a tough position is incredible good fortune for us.

Glenn

April 14th, 2011
9:30 pm

That could be a tough decision for him but what ever he does I wish him the very best.

Shawn

April 14th, 2011
9:56 pm

I knew Geathers would come on this year. He is perfect for the 3-4 and showed potential when he played LY. The 2 of those guys on the field at the same time will be tough to run against. Add Jones and Tyson to that mix and we will have one heck of a rotation next year. This D is going to be very stout next year. Those 2 will take up 3 to 4 blockers at a time next year while the pass rushers kill the QB. Go Dawgs, I for one am intensely excited!

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
9:58 pm

What Dawg running back was the Last NEXT HERSCHEL WALKER? NoShow, Queen, Easily Not, and now Crowsmell.

RabidDawgFan

April 14th, 2011
9:59 pm

Jenkins and Geathers will rotate in and out and keep each other fresh. There’s no way those guys can last the entire game by themselves. Being double, sometime triple teamed is no fun and will wear you out. We need both of those guys to rotate and to wear the opposing center out. A center does not want to block two defensive linemen 350 plus pounds. He just doesn’t want to. And especially Boise State’s. He’s 5′11, 281. I feel bad for him.

John

April 14th, 2011
10:12 pm

Good for Ealey. Keep his health perfect, finish up the semester, and transfer. Leave Richt with a 0-6 starter at QB against winning teams, and an inexperienced back at RB.

Richt bluffed, looks like Ealey is gonna call the bluff.

UCF

April 14th, 2011
10:13 pm

Three Letters – UCF !

John

April 14th, 2011
10:14 pm

Ok, let’s do a little math experiment here.

2008, Bobo finished 6th in rush in SEC.
2009, Bobo finished 8th in rush in SEC
2010, Bobo finished 11th in rush in SEC

2011? aNYBODY SEE A TREND?

dan

April 14th, 2011
10:17 pm

Shawn, blow me up…………..You are the man

dan

April 14th, 2011
10:18 pm

Goooooooooooooo Dawgs

John

April 14th, 2011
10:18 pm

Let’s hope Grantham actually does more than TALK about playing his best players this season.

Nick Williams had an unreal G-Day, just bashed everybody all over the field led the game in tackles, hits were pounders. Gratham moved him to LB, and Williams transferred.

I think Dowtin was a heck of a LB. 10 tackles against Florida. 4th in tackles on the team. Grantham benched him for the Bowl game, Dowtin transfered too.

Gotta do more than jabberjaw about playing the best players, gotta stop the favoritism junk, it’s Georgia’s achilles Hill, and it got Grantham a 6-7 season.

John

April 14th, 2011
10:22 pm

Richt’s lost more games than the year before 7 out of last 8 seasons.

Ok, let’s see here, went 6-7 last season, so that means:

88% chance Richt goes 5-7 or worse.

.Buckhead Bulldog

April 14th, 2011
10:34 pm

I look forward to the G-Day game Saturday…great excuse to get over to the Classic City. Nothing finer than A-town in the the Spring…most particular Milledge Avenue.

Does anyone know if Sanford will be open all the way or just the lower level?

I WILL be donating to the JT fund. Great idea!

John

April 14th, 2011
10:40 pm

Over the last 4 years, Richt’s win totals:

2007– 11 wins
2008– 10 wins
2009– 8 wins
2010– 6 wins

2011?–4 or 5 wins????

Interest in program at all time low. Expect G-Day to have less than 20,000.

Qiggle Butt

April 14th, 2011
10:44 pm

Well I say that Cheese Straws McBritches will make for a great RB!

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
10:45 pm

I ain’t gonna cheer for the Dawgs til we get an Uga that can breath and have a heart beat for more than 1/2 a season.

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
10:47 pm

Since Murray is playing against a team with a losing record do you think he can win the game?

Frank the Tank

April 14th, 2011
10:57 pm

John,

Are you wishing bad for UGA on a UGA beat blog? Funny!

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
11:08 pm

Frank WISHING? Hell no!!!! We a Laughing and Betting on it.

Andrew

April 14th, 2011
11:16 pm

Yeah,John! WTF,get off!!you don’t belong! it is obvious to everyone but you! Wait,I hear youre Mama calling. it’s time fore beddy- by little soldier! “oh mom please another 5 minutes.NO!

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
11:27 pm

John do you think Richt and Bobo will have more win than Richt has kids or than Bobo has kids?

Dumb Jean shorts

April 14th, 2011
11:28 pm

Hey cry babies, go post elsewhere, and get out of your parents basement and grow up!
Leave this for real dawg fans, not wantabe’s that never went to school there, nor donate to the program. Gets old hearing your crap! We all want them to do well, win, and trust me these kids bust their a$$. So shut up, please!

relocated dawg

April 14th, 2011
11:28 pm

Yall must be watching different uga games if any of you think Ealy will ever sniff the NFL, I can outrun Ealy and i am 55. He is to slow, cant hold on to the ball, and dont run hard enough. I dont see how he has got on the field the last two years.

CoastalDawg

April 14th, 2011
11:32 pm

NOBODY knows what the DAWGS can bring this season – not yet. Remember when they were on the cover of Sports Illustrated and were #1 – did they end UP #1? I think not – so now is not the time to determine that the team won’t play well. As for interest being at an all time low, methings John is delusional. I find the fans I know are excited and looking forward to this season. In addition, there will be some real competition for spots from some of the new guys – so let’s get it on. Saturday will be a preview but not a real clue as to how the season will go…

51WTGW50

April 14th, 2011
11:33 pm

relocated dawg
Isn’t that what they have been calling the Ugas lately. Uga VII and VIII were quickly relocated to the Dead Dawgs End Zones.

CoastalDawg

April 14th, 2011
11:33 pm

methings = methinks.

STEINER

April 15th, 2011
12:07 am

51WTGW50:
You still don’t have a clue….You never will….

STEINER

April 15th, 2011
12:10 am

51WTGW50:
Yea, stupid comment on the bulldog also…You think you are funny, the reality is you are dumb….

STEINER

April 15th, 2011
12:16 am

51WTGW50:
You don’t have to worry about having as many kids as Bobo or Richt, you don’t have the essentials to have children….What’s that got to do with anything, anyhow…I got you pictured as a cook in the Varsity in downtown Atlanta who is on a smoking break..You are a Tech troll trying to be cute…and it ain’t working….get back in that Varsity kitchen and cook up some more onion rings…When we kick your A$$ again this year in Atlanta, that will make 10 out of 11….

RED DOG 77

April 15th, 2011
12:17 am

@51WTGW50………Making jokes about dying animals, someones pet that I’m sure they loved is pretty childish……..in fact, I’ll take a wild guess and say you are probubly no older than say 19 no make that 17……..But alls good, as your generation says, you will grow-up one day and understand the meaning of compassion……..I hope. In the meantime, if your macot is a bee, or an alagator, or say a tiger or mabe an elephant…….or whatever…….if it were to die, it would make this BULLDOG sad……..Regards, RED

fair weather fans

April 15th, 2011
12:18 am

To all the haters…………PLEASE, just STFU!!!!!!!!! It takes more energy to complain like little girls about the Dawgs than to just simply move the heck on. Real fans like myself don’t need you and the team damn sure don’t! So do us all a favor and move on!

Shawn

April 15th, 2011
12:33 am

@John, put an over/under on UGA win total at 5 and I’ll bet you every cent you have on the over. Of course I probably would not win much if your prognosticating resembles your funds(poor). UGA will win at least 10 this year. That’s a lock!

Shawn

April 15th, 2011
12:35 am

@51WTGW50, Make sure Mommy does not see how rude You are. She may spank You. If she doesn’t, shame on her!