Washaun Ealey: ‘I want to be a premier back’ and not ‘have to share backfield’

Washaun Ealey has not returned my phone calls seeking comment but Gentry Estes over at Dawgs247.com was able to talk to him. Here’s a link to that report (registration required).

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Ealey told Estes that the decision to transfer was as much his as it was Georgia’s and that the main reason he wanted to leave was not having to share carries with Caleb King, Carlton Thomas, Ken Malcome and, of course, incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell.

“I’m a person where I want to be a premier back,” Ealey told the website. “If I was to play here, I would have had to share the backfield with Caleb and Carlton also. Then they were going to try to give the freshman Isaiah his chance. He probably was going to get some carries at the beginning of the year too. I just felt like I didn’t want to be in that mix of things anymore.”

Ealey said the decision to leave “was best for me” and that he does not have a destination yet.

“I just wasn’t feeling the vibe, I guess,” he said.

456 comments Add your comment

richie

May 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

smh good riddance

DawginLex

May 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

So being an all about me player is better than being a team guy Washaun?

Don’t let the door hit ya’ where the Good Lord split ya’

MD

May 10th, 2011
4:28 pm

Have fun being the premier back in I AA

DawginLex

May 10th, 2011
4:29 pm

I noticed Mizzou allowed Tyler Gabbart to transfer but said they would only grant his release to schools outside of the Big 12.

We should do the same at UGA-no transfers to SEC schools.

RomeDawg

May 10th, 2011
4:31 pm

What? I have to think some of this has to be taken out of context or that kid needs a psychiatrist. You can’t act like a criminal off the field and be “premier” on the field. Mrs. Ealey or someone who truly cares about this guy needs to have a “come to Jesus meeting” with this kid. What a joke!!!

BG

May 10th, 2011
4:33 pm

See ya! It sounds like Mr. Ealey is scared to compete.

richie

May 10th, 2011
4:33 pm

more carries for guys that want the team to succeed

hugedawgfan

May 10th, 2011
4:35 pm

here comes Booooooooo.

sonny

May 10th, 2011
4:35 pm

first and goodbye immature ealey

burritodawg

May 10th, 2011
4:35 pm

well those quotes won’t get the offers rolling in or leave too much doubt that this is best for the program.

DawginLex

May 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

me,

Why don’t you enlighten us?

So Richt is the only coach to ever recruit a kid like Ealey?

What happened at Arkansas today? WR dismissed. Bashing Petrino?

Come on, educate us since you are evidently so smart.

Dawg Gone It

May 10th, 2011
4:36 pm

Good luck Washaun, best to you.

gomdawg

May 10th, 2011
4:40 pm

simple to be a premier back , you had you’re chance here but choose to stay in trouble. GOOD BYE

Georgia Backfield

May 10th, 2011
4:40 pm

Cool, more for the rest of us. Hasta la vista…..

MassDawg

May 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

Did he just FUMBLE AGAIN?…

Dr. nick

May 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

But what ’bout your Basketweaving degree from UGAG?

skydawg

May 10th, 2011
4:41 pm

@ me…you are an idiot. Every team in the SEC wanted Ealey and most in the country wanted Caleb King. Now take your ignorance somewhere else.

ClinchCountyDawg

May 10th, 2011
4:44 pm

Ealey wasted an excellent opportunity. He had a great freshman season and backslid as sophomore. A better attitude and work ethic would have given him the chance to finish as one of UGA’s all time leading rushers and a high draft pick. He has the talent to be a premier back.

skydawg

May 10th, 2011
4:45 pm

Translation of Ealey…”I’m a selfish little prick who doesn’t want to compete. I don’t want to work hard in the off season. I’m continually out of shape and have butted heads with the new S&C coach because he works me too hard. Yet, I don’t want anyone else to carry the ball. I want to be the one to fumble inside the 5 yd line again and again and again.”

chc4

May 10th, 2011
4:45 pm

Premier backs play like premier backs. They don’t fumble on the goalline in key spots of multiple conference games. They don’t choose not to pass block with any effort. And they sure as hell don’t shy away from competition.

Shannon in Athens

May 10th, 2011
4:46 pm

Once more…..proof that youngsters should think before they speak. Ealey, have you ever thought that maybe the reason you would have to share time with the others is the fact that you FUMBLE????????????????????????/

skydawg

May 10th, 2011
4:46 pm

@DawgInLex….he can transfer to an SEC school because we granted his release, but he’d have to sit out 2 yrs. SEC rules.

Gutfeld

May 10th, 2011
4:50 pm

Washaun:

If you had played like a premier RB and acted right, you wouldn’t have been in this predicament. You had a chance to step up and be the premier back on this team and you blew it. Plain and simple. Not to be harsh, but it’s 100% your own fault.

That said, good luck with your future endeavors.

hornblowermg

May 10th, 2011
4:52 pm

ealey needs to wish in one hand and do something else in the other, and see which one fills up faster. being a premier back takes a lot of hard work, discipline, and focus; none of which he possesses.

Greg

May 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

Wow, don’t fumble on the goal line vs SC and Miss State and don’t be incredibly lazy in pass protection on the potential game winning drive versus Arkansas if you want to be “the man”.

If we’d actually had a “premier back”(or at least one who could hang on to the ball and make an effort not to get the qb killed in pass protection), then we might have won all three of those games instead of losing all 3.

That doesn’t even contemplate the bad attitude and off the field problems…but the kid is still a legend in his own mind. Good riddance.

bob leblah

May 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

you want to be a premier back? Well act like one and work like one. Being a premiere back is a result, it’s not decided before. If you were that good, you wouldn’t have shared carries.. genius.

Alphare

May 10th, 2011
4:53 pm

Ah my God, this UGA football player has a diamond earring! Isn’t that for girl only?

Dave

May 10th, 2011
4:55 pm

Good job Ealey.

UGA won every game where Ealey got 20+ carries, and he averaged 5.5 ypc, and td every 20 carries, matching Herschel Walker.

He should not have been rotating when he scored 11 td’s, and Caleb King scored 2.

Newton transferred, worked out pretty good.

bob leblah

May 10th, 2011
4:59 pm

hey dave, you’re a genius. Did you ever think he didn’t get 20 carries in some games because he wasn’t running worth a $hit. By the way, the only game he carried the ball 20 times last year was against Kentucky. He is talented but he’s lazy. If you can’t read into his statement above as to a primary reason he’s gone, you have issues.

Dave

May 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Ealey 5.5 ypc career
Herschel Walker 5.27 ypc

Richt would have rotated Herschel Walker with 5 other runners.

trupert

May 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

This is the best thing for UGA and I hope it’s the best thing for Ealey. Washoun had his chances to be the lead back but you don’t earn that with bad discipline problems and deciding not to block and protect your QB.

Dave

May 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

Let’s see here, Ealey scored 11 td’s, Caleb King 2, hmmm, if you were Richt, would you play Ealey or rotate them?

Richt chose to rotate, believe it or not.

Troll Power Ratings

May 10th, 2011
5:02 pm

Doc nick, come on, that’s weak. Really, if you are going to compete with the world class trolls on Georgia blogs you need to come with something better than that. I’m embarrassed for you. Step it up.

Luke

May 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

I kind of agree with Dave.

His personality issues aside, there hasn’t been a true one back system since Musa Smith. Even when Knowshon was playing, he still split carries. Richt just doesn’t play with a one-back system.

bob leblah

May 10th, 2011
5:03 pm

wow dave you’re really bright.
ealey career 182 carries
walker career 994 carries

if ealey had run 1000 times in 3 years and avg 5.5 yds he would have been great…

Einsteindawg

May 10th, 2011
5:04 pm

Good for your Mr. Ealey. Now you’re free to join your “home-bro” Moody, at a second tier school and be that featured back. Let us know in a couple of years how that worked out for you.

Dbalcer

May 10th, 2011
5:05 pm

Glad he decided to leave since that was his attitude you get to be a premier back by beating the competition and if you don’t want to compete you don’t grow. Good Luck at your next school Washaun but I doubt you get the premier back spot on your new team handed to you.

Einsteindawg

May 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

Oh, and by the way Mr. Ealey, what happened in the state championship game against Wesleyan? Did those bad boys put a whippin’ on you?

CountryBlumpkin

May 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

Dave, Newton didn’t transfer. He was kicked out of Florida for good reason, did a year in JUCO then went to Auburn (with much controversy there too). Your stats on Ealey being better than Herschel do not take into account longevity OR personality. Let’s put an end to your repetitive comments. They are pointless now that he is gone. Or do you want to harp on Mettenburger more now?

What???

May 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

The reason Ealey didn’t get the carries, as has been stated, was that he never passed blocked worth a $hit. Anyone who shies away from competition doesn’t have what it takes.

Fred

May 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

Sounds like Washaun is all about HIMSELF! We have enough talent anyway and I hope he grows up and matures one day! I think his departure is a blessing in diguise!

trupert

May 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

Dave sounds like an Auburn fan. Ealey would be a great fit at Auburn, where Chizik could put him on the $cam Newton protection plan and every time he got pulled over he could just say I’m Washoun Ealey the new RB at Auburn, the cop could make the appropriate call where he could get a $100.00 hand shake or season tickets and all of Ealeys troubles would be covered up , just like Newtons. And he would not have to share carries.

bob leblah

May 10th, 2011
5:09 pm

you know whats funny.. ealey was the ole yellow jacket killer though.. haha…

Dave

May 10th, 2011
5:10 pm

When Walker averaged 5.27 ypc, Dooley had the brains to keep feeding him 1000x. Richt got 5.5 out of Ealey, and only fed him 180 carries. Dooley won a Championship feeding a 5.27 ypc rb. Richt ain’t won one

Congrats to Crowell, the new designated 1 of 5 rotating passblocking corp at Georgia, oops, I mean running back.

Ealey had enough of the passblocking platoon style passing offensive scheme that resulted in 0 wins against winning teams last year.

Dawg Dude

May 10th, 2011
5:11 pm

Not sure what kind of “premier back” can’t beat out Caleb King, Carlton Thomas etc., not to mention is intimidated by an incoming freshman who has never carried a football in college. Maybe a premier D-2 back but give me a break Washaun.

Rick Flair

May 10th, 2011
5:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Dave

May 10th, 2011
5:12 pm

Blah, blah, all the loser mentality came out against Cam Newton when he transfered to. How’d that work out? Heisman + Natl Champ + #1 NFL Draftpick + $40 mill.

Rick Flair

May 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

To be the man, you have to beat the man. I guess Ealey couldnt beat any of the other tailbacks out for supremacy.
This may actually be a good sign…..either the other backs have gotten better, or Ealey is not getting better.
W.E. says it was about sharing the ball….but really only he and King have shared the carries. This may acutally mean that Bo Malcolm may be pushing for a lot of playing time.

CountryBlumpkin

May 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

He didn’t transfer idiot!

Dawg Dude

May 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

@ Dave…..you missed a step 180K + Heisman + Natl Champ + #1 NFL Draftpick + $40 mill.