Georgia tailback Carlton Thomas decides to transfer

ATHENS – Georgia’s tailback competition thinned out before it ever got started.

Carlton Thomas, a rising senior from Frostproof, Fla., has decided to transfer. He would have been one of seven tailbacks on scholarship for the Bulldogs this coming fall.

“This decision was based solely on the fact that this is my last year to play and my parents and I felt it was the right move to make,” said Thomas, who was suspended for three games for team rules violations last season. “I want to make more of an impact on the field. I didn’t want to disrupt Georgia’s team and preparation for next season, so I made the final decision to leave earlier rather than later in the year.”

Thomas played in 27 games with two starts. He leaves Georgia with 725 yards on 159 carries and four touchdowns.

No word yet on where Thomas might transfer.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Thomas informed running backs coach Bryan McClendon of his intentions Monday night, then met with Richt in his office at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall on Tuesday morning. The Bulldogs opened spring practice Tuesday afternoon.

“Carlton has decided to move on,” Richt said. “He came to me and said he has had discussions with his family and had been thinking it through and praying it through and he summed it up pretty nicely what his intentions are. He wants to move on and try to find a place where he’ll get more playing time. We wish him well.”

111 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

March 20th, 2012
4:21 pm

Ga southern is my guess.

Instant playing time and does not have to sit out a year

Taco Meat

March 20th, 2012
4:23 pm

No surprise. Best of luck to the guy.

StingerSplash

March 20th, 2012
4:30 pm

DawginLex,
Don’t be so hasty to assume Mr. Thomas is headed to Statesboro. The Eagles still have the guy who busted an 83-yard TD run against Alabama last year – as a freshman. And yes, that was the bulk of Alabama’s No. 1 D, not its backups, who could still start for nearly everybody else.

UGA Insider

March 20th, 2012
4:31 pm

I like the young man very much. I wish he would stay because who knows what will happen with injuries/suspensions and such. Thomas would have started a few more games last year if he had not been in trouble. I really think he should study this a bit more…maybe make a decision after GDay. Please Carlton don’t make a hasty decision.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

March 20th, 2012
4:34 pm

Best of luck Carlton. Go Dawgs!!!! He obviously realized where he was on the depth chart with the stable of backs chomping at the bit.

Bryan G.

March 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

But who will Bobo run up the middle on 3rd and 12 now?

BamaGuy

March 20th, 2012
4:41 pm

Sounds like roster mangement….Welcome to the family

Mountain Dawg

March 20th, 2012
4:42 pm

Carlton has been a DGD. Best of luck!

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
4:44 pm

No way. I was just told in another blog that all of UGA’s football players are serious “student” athletes. It doesn’t make sense to transfer just to get some playing time.

DawginLex

March 20th, 2012
4:46 pm

Maybe he already will have his degree by the fall of 2012?

BamaGuy

March 20th, 2012
4:49 pm

Yeah, he decided to transfer right after Richt told him that he wasn’t going to sniff the field…Sounds like what Saban would do and EVERYONE here would be crying about it….Good to see you guys are coming around on the whole roster management thing…I guess it makes you feel better when they say they have decided to transfer rather than say Coach Richt advised me to because I wasn’t going to see any playing time…What about the Dawg for Life thing?

Verne Lundquist

March 20th, 2012
4:52 pm

Good riddance. He didn’t wanna compete. He wouldn’t have gotten on the field much anyway with Crowell, Marshall, Gurley, Samuel, Malcome, etc anyways. He’s simply not an SEC RB. Period. Let him go to Tech and maybe he can make an impact [except when he plays the Dawgs of course].

Verne Lundquist

March 20th, 2012
4:54 pm

You don’t need 7 damn RBs anyway to be good in the SEC. You need a good 3-4 RB rotation to be good. We have that. LSU had Ware, Hilliard, Blue, and Ford. Alabama had Richardson, Lacy, and Fowler. We have Crowell, Marshall, Gurley, and Samuel, Malcome as well.

Dawg4Life

March 20th, 2012
4:55 pm

Carlton best of luck. You were never utilized right for your size. I don’t think the terms slot and screen pass are in Bobo’s vocabulary.

Verne Lundquist

March 20th, 2012
4:56 pm

The good thing about having a stable of backs is none of them get tired if used correctly and if you have an injury, just plug the next guy in. When Crowell went down last season who did we turn to? Brandon Harton. Are you serious? 5′5 and 160 pound dripping wet. Now we have the proper depth at RB to compete and possibly win the SEC.

GT Man

March 20th, 2012
4:58 pm

Come to Tech so PJ can play you in his ” last century ” offense.

Cdpridg

March 20th, 2012
4:59 pm

I have a good feeling that Carlton is a good kid, but when we needed him most down the stretch he wasnt there to balance the offensive attack. He spent alot of time in Richts dog house. Good luck to him in future endeavors….

7576DAWG

March 20th, 2012
5:01 pm

He will transfer to South Florida or Central Florida or follow Ealey to Jacksonville since he is from Florida. If he had stayed at Georgia he would average 3 or 5 carry’s a game in mop up duty or been put on punt returns or kickoffs. This is a smart move to give him one last chance to see if he fit into Pro ball anywhere. Georgia wants their best players on the field and you being a senior want get you there anymore like it use to.
It is hard to accept the fact that for 95% of all college football players they are there to get a free education and their degree not to play football at the next level especially when you are only 5′6″ tall.
Good luck to you Carton and thanks for the time that you were at Georgia.

MM

March 20th, 2012
5:04 pm

Ga. Southern would be a good move – as DawginLex says, play right away, no sitting out and they can use him. …Furman Bisher R.I.P.

#14

March 20th, 2012
5:04 pm

What a shame that he transferred before Georgia could move him to Corner.

GT99

March 20th, 2012
5:05 pm

I hope CPJ looks at picking him up. He is much more talented than any back we have currently!!!

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:10 pm

I hope CPJ looks at picking him up. He is much more talented than any back we have currently!!!

He would get less playing time at GT then he would if he stayed at UGA.

Verne Lundquist

March 20th, 2012
5:13 pm

“He would get less playing time at GT then he would if he stayed at UGA.”

Are you serious? Name your RBs and I’ll name ours

Mrs.CollegeFootballl

March 20th, 2012
5:19 pm

He has been in contact with Valdosta State.

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:22 pm

Are you serious? Name your RBs and I’ll name ours

It doesn’t matter. GT has a ton of RB’s that are experienced in our system. There is no way he would be able to catch up to any of them as far as knowing the offense and being able to block. Where exactly would he play? A-Back?

GT99

March 20th, 2012
5:22 pm

Bob…our backs in comparison talentwise do not compare. We have to recruit better talent if were to ever have a shot again

DC

March 20th, 2012
5:24 pm

why does it matter. now I guess the helment staying on the head penality just went down

Lance

March 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

He is just too small to make an impact in the SEC. His speed was over-rated.

BLACK DAWG

March 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

ClarK College

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:30 pm

Bob…our backs in comparison talentwise do not compare. We have to recruit better talent if were to ever have a shot again

I agree for the most part, but this guy would have no idea what he is doing coming in. Blocking is more important for a RB at GT then actually running the ball. He would have to learn all of the plays and all of the different blocking schemes for each play, he would have to spend incredible amounts of time on timing, and he would be rotating at A-Back with at least 6 other guys. Tell me how you think he would get a lot of playing time.

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

And the Bugs actually think they have a shot vs. UGA this season.

No, we are going to get killed. We all pretty much know that.

LCDawg

March 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

he was a 3rd down back…should have been used in slot or as screen type guy…or like Bobo used him 3rd and long power dive–moron.

JB in Blakely

March 20th, 2012
5:32 pm

May be a good kid, but he stayed in trouble. Well…….bye.

Go dawgs

March 20th, 2012
5:36 pm

GT Bob,

I actually know a RB on the GT roster. He is second on the depth chart right now at one of the B-Back positions. He said the offense really isnt that difficult to pick up and learn. Just for what its worth..

SEC Fans for Richt

March 20th, 2012
5:37 pm

You still don’t have a back that can run between the tackles like a Lattimore or Lacy.

P_The_Ricker

March 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

7576DAWG

March 20th, 2012
5:01 pm

I hope your age is 75-76 yrs old, b/c your comments always lack insight and show just how out of touch you are with the present day.

Ealy transferred to Jacksonville St…..it’s in Alabama….not Jacksonville, FL.

since he’s from Fl, why not also say he’ll likely go to FIU or FAU or Fl A&M.

Say WHAT, GT99?

March 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

“I hope CPJ looks at picking him up. He is much more talented than any back we have currently!!!” Like he’s gonna go to GT(or anywhere else in D1) and sit out a year just to play one more year – that is, unless he has already graduated and can pick and choose for that one year, or does the new rule that was passed to stop this (the Russell Wilson from NC Stateto WI rule) kick in this year?

And then, he could only go to Tech if they had a grad program that UGA does not have (no problem there), but then that would blos the Techies wad that Tech academics are so superior to UGA academics that there is no way he could transfer to Tech and compete academically…

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:39 pm

I actually know a RB on the GT roster. He is second on the depth chart right now at one of the B-Back positions.

There is only one B-Back position. And ask Marcus Wright how easy it is to learn the offense and block effectively.

And GTBob...

March 20th, 2012
5:41 pm

…it would be difficult for him to transfer and be able to pick up the plays – WHAT? – Tech only has about 6 plays, so how hard can it be? Now the blocking part is true, but the number of plays would not be difficult…

And GTBob...

March 20th, 2012
5:41 pm

…he ain’t gonna be a B-back…

Go dawgs

March 20th, 2012
5:42 pm

GT Bob,

Well whatever you guys call your Wing backs (A maybe?) Not sure. It’s not that difficult really. Dont touch the D end on options. Block the OLB or Safety thats rolled down. And when I say “block”, I mean dive at some one’s feet.

jonkdawg

March 20th, 2012
5:43 pm

I sure do feel bad forcarlton but its business…i guess hey he can go to Georgia st in downtown.
Go Gawgs!

[...] When they initially broke out into teamwork, the tailback rotation went as follows: sophomore Isaiah Crowell first, then senior Richard Samuel, then sophomore Ken Malcome, then true freshman Keith Marshall. Not sure if it means anything or not but that’s the way they went in and out as they worked fast through two-minute drill. . . . In case you missed it earlier, rising senior Carlton Thomas has decided to leave the team while seeking a transfer. [...]

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:45 pm

Tech only has about 6 plays, so how hard can it be? Now the blocking part is true, but the number of plays would not be difficult…

Tech has a lot more then 6 plays and there are different blocking schemes for each play. If he is out of position at all it ruins the entire play. If he misses a block it ruins the play. If he mistimes an option then it ruins the play. There is a lot more going on for an A-Back then he is used to. He would probably have the length of fall practice to become an expert. He might get 10 carries on the season total.

TampaGator

March 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

Hey Dawg fans….

Remember the basketball chant this year…..

“Just like in football.”

Those chants turned out to be truely profetic. Yet another Florida athletic team doing something other than losing after the regular season is over….

…..and…if you have not noticed…..Florida has the #1 ranked baseball team in the country as well.

Yep….”Just like football…..Georgia wins once in a while…in the regular season…..But you never know……2081 isn’t that far away……I can read the future headline now (of course, I will be talking to Jesus by then….or will it be Budda…..Mohammad…..most of you think it will be Saban (I mean Satan)…..

Yep….the headline reads, in big RED AND BLACK letters:

“Oh, what a century….well worth the wait!”

Before you get upset….Dawg fans…..Just having some fun….

Go dawgs

March 20th, 2012
5:50 pm

GT Bob,

Missing blocks, and not knowing the assignments is a problem in every offense… not just GT.

GTBob

March 20th, 2012
5:57 pm

Well whatever you guys call your Wing backs (A maybe?) Not sure. It’s not that difficult really.

I’m sure that CPJ will call you for advice after you learn what an A-Back and a B-Back is.

Charlie Hayes

March 20th, 2012
5:58 pm

I wish these kids would keep their noses clean (no pun intended) and taken advantage of the opportunity they were blessed with from God. Thomas could have been a very good back at UGA. Instead he chose to make poor decisions and was suspended from multiple games. Why? Can’t he understand that the education he is getting for FREE will propel him in life farther than any of those poor decisions. It just amazes me that Ealey could have been the premier back at UGA last year and instead he chose to give it all up because he couldn’t follow orders.

New proposed rule. No prospective NCAA football players can be signed until they complete two (2) years in the Marines, Army, Navy or Air Force. This new rule would ensure that they have been potty trained and are not a waste of a scholarship. Like the idea? Let the military weed out the bad ones.

Ghost

March 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

If Carlton plans on playing this year , he will have to move down to 1AA, I imagine North Alabama, Jax State. I am sure if he could transfer to tech Pj would welcome the influx of talent.Good luck to him wherever he lands.

T

March 20th, 2012
6:14 pm

Well, Richt has run off another one. He ran off 11 last year and he’s starting again. What a low-life, lying, scumbag.