Mark Richt calls out Washaun Ealey at Augusta Bulldog Club meeting

I had a really good time Wednesday night down at the Augusta Bulldog Club meeting. I want to say a special thank you to club president Scott Edwards and the group’s board members for their tremendous hospitality. Good eats, good drink and the Julian Smith Casino is a very impressive space.

And, no, it’s not that kind of casino. The word “casino,” as I learned, can also mean, “a building or large room used for meetings, entertainment, dancing, etc.,” and that’s what this was. As a result, I came home with the same amount of money I left with. So thanks again.

Anyway, I found the actual program to be moderately enlightening. I say moderate because, the truth is, in the digitally-wired age we live in, there is very little imparted at such events that anyone paying attention doesn’t already know. But there were a few things we all learned.

Probably the most notable was the present status of running back Washaun Ealey. Ealey, we learned, is still fully in coach Mark Richt’s doghouse.

“Washaun has a ways to go still to show me that he deserves to start or even play right now,” said Richt, who was asked about Ealey during the question-and-answer session at the end of the program. “He has a ways to go in my book. We’ll see. I love him, though.”

Ealey was suspended indefinitely from the team in February for missing an early-morning disciplinary run. He was reinstated in time for spring practice in March but was sidelined with a hamstring injury after only four practices and did not practice again.

A rising junior from Stillmore, Ealey was a seven-game starter for the Bulldogs’ last season and led them in rushing with 811 yards and 11 touchdowns. But at this point he looks to be trailing Caleb King, Ken Malcome, Carlton Thomas and maybe even incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell in the battle for the starting tailback job.

“That position is wide open,” Richt said.

Other revelations from the meeting:

  • Richt pointed out that donations to the Hartman Fund actually exceeded the previous year even after last year’s losing season.
  • I asked Richt about senior offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who still has not decided whether he’ll try to continue his football career after undergoing a third knee reconstruction recently. “You know, I talked to Trinton the other day,” he said. “I don’t know if he’s made his final decision on whether or not if he wants to play football again. But he mentioned something to me the other day about having a long-term goal of wanting to be an athletic director in college. I thought that was pretty cool. He wants to spend some time with [football operations director] Josh Brooks and see if maybe see that’s a path he may want to follow.”
  • Of course, with the NFL draft was fresh on everyone’s mind Wednesday evening. At that time Richt was still thinking wide receiver A.J. Green had a chance to become the No. 1 pick. Most believe now that the Carolina Panthers will take quarterback Cameron Newton with the top spot. “I don’t think anybody knows,” Richt said. “I don’t know. A.J. doesn’t know. If he was going to be the first pick he’d probably know by now. Usually by now it’s done but we haven’t heard anything yet so, so anything could happen I guess.”
  • Richt thought several other players could get drafted, including defensive end Justin Houston, offensive linemen Clint Boling, linebacker Akeem Dent and wide receiver Kris Durham. “We’re excited for all our guys to get drafted,” Richt said. “If they get drafted, we want them to get drafted high. The higher they get drafted the greater chance they get to make a club. In the case of A.J., there’s a financial windfall that could probably last him his whole life if he invests it properly. So we’re really happy for those guys.”
  • Richt declined comment on Houston’s reported failed drug test other than to say he has not talked him. “I wish Justin the best; that’s what I wish,” he said.
  • If the season started today Richt said the starting offensive line would be: Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Kenarious Gates at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Chris Burnette at right guard and A.J. Harmon at right tackle. This was interesting to me as I would have thought Justin Anderson at right tackle.
  • He said UGA maintains a “tremendous relationship” with Carver High in Columbus.

158 comments Add your comment

DollarDawg43

April 28th, 2011
2:06 am

Gotta say it: First!

DollarDawg43

April 28th, 2011
2:08 am

Glad to hear Ealey has to earn his way back into CMR’s good graces. I hope that sends a message that will be heard for a LONG time: It is a priviledge to wear that uniform and should always be treated as such.

dawg gone

April 28th, 2011
2:08 am

well i’ll be is evil richt back?

Chip Towers

April 28th, 2011
2:11 am

Indeed you are DollarDawg43. And good night. Storm has passed and I can go to bed.

1st loser

April 28th, 2011
2:13 am

tater tot

April 28th, 2011
2:30 am

Man. I am out here in Dallas and figured most of ya’ll would be in bed or ducking them tornadoes we sent your way. Anyway,.I am looking forward to an exciting upcoming season. GO DAWGS !!

UGASlobberknocker

April 28th, 2011
4:43 am

Not usually the case but today Im worried about the Tide backers on this blog. How about all of you guys at least check in and let us know you are ok. Yes Im even worried about “tide roll”.

Are you guys OK?

UGASlobberknocker

April 28th, 2011
4:43 am

Same thing with my Auburn buds. Let us know your guys are OK and still feisty.

UGASlobberknocker

April 28th, 2011
4:51 am

Lester, I am concerned more about his behavior around two yourng girls than I am about his gay slurs. To be dropping F bombs around young girls is unacceptable. If that had been me , and he had done that, or threatened me with a bat be or made obscene gestures around my daughters, I would have called him over and threatened HIM. and if he even so much as looked aggressive at me, Id be on him like white on rice.

I hope they fire his butt today.

Maconbulldog

April 28th, 2011
5:01 am

Hey Chip ,
With G-day over with do you think that Ken Malcome can beat out Caleb King and Ealey for a starting spot?

Maconbulldog

April 28th, 2011
5:02 am

And how rude of me….everyone in Atlanta be safe and to our cousins to the West of us yall too.

Destin Dawg

April 28th, 2011
5:22 am

Ealey needs to MAN UP…. if he’s got it i him…. he could be great with a good attitude…. Richt with Grantham plus the new recruits… we’ll be fine this year… hit the ground running early and beat Boise and S.C….. it’s could be a Super season !!! GO Dawgs !!!!!!!

Columbus Dawg

April 28th, 2011
6:30 am

If I were Richt I would not be bragging about the Hartman Fund. It’s pretty obvious that he’s not up on the history and goings on in Athens since the Dooley era. I can remember like it was yesterday, in the Goff days the fan base in general started making noise first, just like now. Then when Goff’s Bulldogs continued to slide how it was then that the large donors followed suit. Sanford Stadium then started to show big holes in the seating all over the stadium. It was ugly, and a very disturbing time for Bulldogs everywhere.

Richt has always been the type that likes to cover up the reality in things, kind of like Obama. If he did not think that he had something to gain, he would not have harped on the Ealey thing. My hope is that Ealey will indeed man up and become the back that he was hyped to be after his great high school career. I know that Richt feels like he can lean back and wait on Crowell to come and save him, but that could come back to bite him.

Hopefully Richt does feel the heat, and I mean the real heat. I do not know whether McGarity actually told Richt that he would be fired if he lost the first two games, but I do know for a fact that there were hard and fast demands put on Richt, and this pressure was put on the powers that be in Athens by the very people who make the Hartman Fund grow larger every year. Adams knows this and McGarity knows this. Now that being said, I hope that Richt can turn this thing around, but the mediocrity won’t be tolerated for much longer I can tell you.

Richt’s friend Willie was able to muster enough D for the Dawgs to finish 2007 as the best team in the nation, even though they did not get credit for it. It will take another run like that, minus the early season shortcomings that UGA had that year with SC and Tennessee to keep that Hartman Fund where Adams wants it. In my opinion Richt needs to humble himself and quit trying come up with false positives to cover up the shortcomings.

Spike

April 28th, 2011
6:38 am

I hope Kris Durham gets a shot. He has great hands.

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April 28th, 2011
6:43 am

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Wonderful-Ohio-On-The-Gulf Dog

April 28th, 2011
6:56 am

If Washaun wants to play at the next level, he needs to be turning some heads this year.

Paddy

April 28th, 2011
7:04 am

Ealey has no concerns. He has mentioned on at least 2 occasions that he is back at UGA only to improve his NFL draft status. With that mind set, he does not need to be the starter or get alot of playing time. Just be on the team and let the money roll in!!! I believe that is how the real world works. Just show up and get rewarded. Kid, throw those HS press clippings away. They distort real events and make you sound stupid.

Beast from the East

April 28th, 2011
7:20 am

Someone from the AJC needs to take a look at “Lester Miles” post @ 3:33am. This is a sports blog, not a spot to show your insecurity, Lester.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 28th, 2011
7:33 am

Amazing, how some of you so called fans think and react to everything CMR says. What would you have the man say, when he is on a tour promoting UGA sports and his team. Fair weather fans it seems to me for a lot of you. Do you really expect a team to be nbr 1 each year and never have a down year? Do you suddenly think that the football coach and his staff have forgotten how to win? Half of you complain about all of the bloggers that come on here, and put down UGA and then you go to great lengths to do the same thing, like you think you have some right that allows you to badmouth the team, but outsiders or other fans of other schools don’t. Get real with your expectations. None of you has stock invested in UGA so it really doesn’t affrect your finacial situation, one way or another. If you don’t support UGA, don’t contribute to the Alumni fund or whatever you do. Football is a game, not life or death for crying out loud.
If the bad weather we experience3d last night doesn’t do anything else, it should teach you to at least realize that, sports aren’t the biggest thing in life. I love UGA and will go to my grave supporting them. But a couple of down years are not going to make me turn against the coach or the team. I will stick by them come feast or famine. UGA will be back on track and I believe it will start this year. Keep your expectations realistic because nobody will stay on top or near the top all of the time in college football.

GO DAWGS

Joey

April 28th, 2011
7:49 am

If scoring 11 td’s like Ealey did, versus 2 like Caleb did, didn’t show Richt enough, and averaging more yards per carry than Herschel Walker over his 2 year career ain’t good enough for Richt, then Richt is blind, and Ealey can’t do more than that. Richt has never lost a game when Ealey gets 20 carries.

Bud

April 28th, 2011
7:52 am

It’s strange how Richt gives Murray a pass for 4 to’s against Florida, and benches Ealey for 1 fumble. The favoritism is blatant. This is Richt’s way of trying to make more room on scholarships, he does it every year with guys who beat out his favorite (Mettenberger, Gray, Ealey). Richt doesn’t like competition, he prefers entitlement.

Bud

April 28th, 2011
7:54 am

JAMES 2:9

“If you show favortism, you sin”

Bud

April 28th, 2011
8:01 am

Richt continues to blame problems on players, now throwing Ealey under the bus. Last year it was Mettenberger, then Gray, now Ealey’s the problem.

When Mettenberger left the team, the team got worse, went 6-7. Mettenberger wasn’t the problem.

Ealey will call out Richt soon enough, and send Richt into retirement if Ealey transfers.

Richt has no proven RB scorers besides Ealey.

Favoritism has a way of coming back to bite the hand.

MCDAVIDASTRO

April 28th, 2011
8:05 am

RICHT KEEPS MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT PLAYERS, i HAVEN’T HEARD ANY COMMENT THAT HE’S GOING TO GET IT GOING. THE BIG PROBLEM IS STILL A LAZY RICHT. WE’LL SEE IF HE CAN BOTHER TO HAVE GAME PLANS THIS YEAR, IF NOT LOOK FOR A VERY BAD YEAR.

Matthews Dawg

April 28th, 2011
8:07 am

Rocket Science….Outstanding comments! I agree 100%!!! Now, let’s be called “HOMERS”! Don’t care, because you know what? I AM! Go Dawgs!!

Buckeye

April 28th, 2011
8:14 am

I guess today is a drama day in dawgville.

Matthews Dawg

April 28th, 2011
8:14 am

Also, CMR’s job is to develop football players, but more importantly is to develop men! That is something this country is lacking in today’s world. We need more men/women with integrity, character and honor! Now if we can win football games on top of that, fantastic!! I want us to win just like everyone else, but it’s not win at all cost! Also, any coach worth his anything, won’t play a player if he isn’t doing the right things. That’s on and off the field. Why should CMR reward a player if they can’t do the right thing? We are on campus and we aren’t with these kids like they are with them. I trust CMR to do the right thing! Go Dawgs!!

The rest of us

April 28th, 2011
8:16 am

Yeah, you tell em Beast. This is a blog for Gator fans to comment under articles about UGA football stories. Clown…..

Buckeye

April 28th, 2011
8:17 am

In all seriousness, let’s say a prayer for all those impacted by the storms. Looks like T-Town was devastated. When one’s home is here today and gone tomorrow, it puts football and tattoos and the NCAA and all the rest we spar about on this blog in perspective.

thom

April 28th, 2011
8:20 am

Go Coach Richt – always got your back! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

roly poly fat faced dawg girl

April 28th, 2011
8:31 am

was washaun caught smokin a big fat spiff?

Jborodawg

April 28th, 2011
8:36 am

ColumbusDawg; I hope you read what It Aint Rocket Science said, “…What would you have the man say…?” He’s at a Bulldog meeting; talking about the Bulldogs. He wasn’t “bragging”. When he’s at Bulldog meetings he brings up all manner of Bulldog news. That’s what the meetings are for.

Yeah, interesting that Ealey is still in the doghouse, as it were. Most of us were hopeful that he’d have already turned his attitude around. I guess not. Good for CMR for maintaining his standards and accountability. We still hope for the best for Mr Ealey. He could be a very good RB if he gets his mind right.

“Bud”, sorry bud, but you’re just ignorant; especially bringing up Mettenberger.

Red

April 28th, 2011
8:37 am

AJC – please look at Lester’s 3:33am post. There should be no room on this board for such bigoted garbage.

Jborodawg

April 28th, 2011
8:39 am

Matthews Dawg and It Aint Rocket Science….amen! And ditto!

DawginLex

April 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Oh my Goodness!!

i’m not going to spend another day arguing with this idiot/clown/TROLL “Bud” who is going to do the following:

1.)go on and on about how Murray was so bad
2.)post idiotic comments like Gray and Mett should have started

IGNORE BUD

I’m praying for the folks over in Alabama. They may be tide and Barners but they are people first and we need to pray for them as they recover from the storms.

Later

Ealey thinks that he is a ............. but he is ...

April 28th, 2011
8:50 am

Waushuan, it takes a man to recognize his flaws, improve on them and always look ahead and do the right thing. You will not do this, so you are not a man. You are a 13 year old boy in man’s league. Man up or get out Washed Up.

This is your last shot …………. if your grades are decent.

Go Dogs.

DawginLex2

April 28th, 2011
8:55 am

Ealey and King are cancers to this team. Run these clowns out of Athens now, before they screw up the team any more.

Buckeye

April 28th, 2011
8:58 am

Beast,

Wholeheartely agree about Lester Miles. This is not the place. Agree or disagree with the issue but use some common sense.

DawginLexisSmart

April 28th, 2011
8:58 am

Hey DIL #2, you are the same bud idiot that the real dawginlex was talking about so you need to go somewhere else and just shutup you idiot

Columbus Dawg

April 28th, 2011
8:58 am

It’s not about calling people homers, I was simply stating that the program is bigger than it’s head coach, or one or two players. UGA has put more into it’s football program in the last ten years than it has in the previous twenty five, in facilities, and yes the coach’s salary is much larger than ever in UGA’s history. I am behind Coach Richt as much as anyone, and I do believe that he will turn things around this year. What I am saying is that the majority of the universities who put as much into their football programs as UGA does have a national title to their credit in the last ten or fifteen years, and the Bulldog Nation has the right to expect the same from their program.

Let’s face it, Dooley’s hires have had mixed reviews at best. Many Georgia people believe for example that Ray Goff got more “benefit of the doubt”, so to speak than he should have, compared to lets say Donnan, who had better success than Goff in a shorter tenure, although it has been said that there were other circumstances in the firing of Donnan, which is probably true. I don’t want to even mention Dooley’s Atheletic Director hire, which left many scratching their heads when that hire was made, but that’s another story.

The bottom line is, the Bulldog Nation as a whole has a right to hold the people in charge in Athens accountable, and with that being said, I don’t for a minute believe that the majority of that nation has turned on it’s coach at all, I just know that most want to see the recent problems that have plague their football program resolved.

DawginLex

April 28th, 2011
9:00 am

Lots of TROLL activity this morning.

tony

April 28th, 2011
9:06 am

I think this is Mr.Richt way of saying “Isaiah Crowell is my #1 back, end of story”

Biggest DAWG on the Block

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

It doesn’t matter who the RB is – we’re loaded there and everywhere else. The OL will be great this year – mark my words. The DAWGS will surprise everyone and bring home our 6th National Championship. Why? look at the talent we have including the new dream team. We have the best of the HS talent in GA whitch is the best state in the country for HS football talent. I know becasue I played in Cobb and would have been a Dawg until I blew out my knee my softmore season. GO DAWGS!

Saben

April 28th, 2011
9:15 am

So sad Ealy doesn`t feel the love.

Boise State 50 Dawgs 8. Boise State and Central Florida, etc., feel the love.

Einsteindawg

April 28th, 2011
9:23 am

Not too long ago, it was considered an honor and a privilege to play football at UGA…what happened?

Half Century Dawg Fan

April 28th, 2011
9:27 am

Bud, get a grip on life young man, you are out of touch with reality.

Rooster

April 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Richt is a two faced politician. You don’t throw your players under the bus like he did especially your leading rusher who he benched for far less than what Murray did. Richt is the cancer on the team by putting blame on individual players. Richt is the reason for our lack luster seasons. He’ll pull this same crap this year and we will be 6-7 again.

Rooster

April 28th, 2011
9:34 am

An honor to play at Georgia? Look at the athlete’s facebook pages that our idiot coaches recruit and where they recruit from. ( Carver-Columbus, Crowell, etc.) Oh yeah thats a real honor.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

April 28th, 2011
9:36 am

Is AJ Harmon smart enough to be on the O-Line? You can’t be a dummy with our pro style offense and I couldn’t make out one word he said when he accepted his committment to Georgia. It is on youtube somewhere. Truly embarrassing.

Perhaps terrible/questionable English does not translate to intelligence but my God, I wonder! Hopefully his speech has improved or else he should not be allowed to give interviews.

Carolina Dawg

April 28th, 2011
9:39 am

I will be a Dawg fan if they win a NC or if they go 0-12. Have been for the last 36 years and will be until I die. CMR has been a great thing at UGA and has the support of those in carolina.

Thoughts and prayers for all the Bama people hurting right now.