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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ealey falls behind in RB pecking order, and other notes

Washaun Ealey is set to lose playing time because of his fumbling. He’ll still play this week, according to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, but the starter will either be Caleb King or Carlton Thomas.

Ealey has fumbled twice inside the 5 this season, including at the 1, after a long catch-and-run, at Mississippi State.

“Normally the way you address is it is with playing time,” Bobo said. “You give guys opportunity, put them in position to make plays, and see if they can hold onto the football.”

So that means Georgia will still be playing as many as three tailbacks, waiting for someone to emerge.

“We’re looking for somebody to give us a spark,” Bobo said. “All three had opportunities to make some runs in the open field, and we’re looking for that guy to give us that spark to give us explosive play in the running game.”

There hasn’t been much burst among the tailbacks. No one has a run of 20 or more yards.

“I believe the talent’s there," Bobo said. "All three are talented. They’ve done it before, in this league, against some quality opponents. We just need something good to happen, and get that confidence going for these guys. Because their confidence is down a little bit.”

One nugget about the dimunitive Thomas: He has never been hurt at Georgia, and never had to even wear a non-contact jersey at practice.

- The return of A.J. Green will help the Bulldogs’ issues in the red zone – and everywhere, according to Bobo.

“He’s a guy who when he touches the ball has a chance to go to the house every time,” Bobo said. “He’s gonna open up things not only in the passing game, but in the running game. If you’ve got a guy out there that defenses are concerned about, (there) tend to be less people in the box. But we’ve still gotta execute when there’s less people in the box.”

- Bobo was asked about the holding call against Marlon Brown, which negated a touchdown by Kris Durham.

“They called holding. That’s about all I can (say)," Bobo said. "He grabbed his jersey. That’s a holding call, they threw it, and we couldn’t overcome the penalty. We still had a chance to score and we couldn’t put it in the end zone.”

- Georgia’s defense has given up a touchdown on the opening drive in all three SEC games. All three losses in which Georgia never had a lead.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham thinks it’s a combination of two things: players being a bit too amped up, and not sticking to the defensive gameplan when they see plays they didn’t practice against.

“Everybody’s gonna have a gameplan. They’re gonna have plays they’re gonna run on you,” Grantham said. “Sometimes if it’s a new play, or something different, and it’s not exactly the way you practiced it, you’ve still gotta apply your concepts to get through the down. If you do that, you’re fine. But if you don’t, then you can give up an explosive play, which has been happening.”

- Grantham had an interesting response when asked what to expect of Colorado.

“They’re multiple. They’ve got a little bit of Arkansas in them, with some of the things they’re doing. They’ve got a little bit of South Carolina too. So I guess we get to work one everything, don’t we? … They’ve even got a little bit of Mississippi State. So we’ve got a whole melting pot there.

“We get to work on everything they’ve seen the last three games.”

Hmm. Is that a good or a bad thing?

- The altitude in Colorado has garnered some interest this week. But Grantham, who has coached several times in Denver while in the NFL, shrugged it off as a factor.

“I’ve been there. You just play,” he said.


Anonymous said...

It would be nice if he gave a RB a chance to get into a spark. They get pulled and rotated on whims, it seems. King had 12 yards, then 6 yards, then the defense figured it out and he lost a yard on the next play and was pulled. Not long ago Carlton had a game with just one carry, one yard. How is that enough time to see if he's going to get into any sort of rhythm?

The amount of talent being wasted at Georgia is extraordinary.

let's hope not said...

Seth any truth to Richt telling Grantham to calm down on the sidelines and quit blowing up, cussing and getting in players faces? I have noticed after the first game that he looked a lot less fired up.
If that is true he probably told Searles that too which could explain some of our problems on the O line too.
I also heard today that Searles had some things to say about Van Halager and his training methods.
I know how rumors are, but if there is any truth at all to any of this it would explain a lot!!

Laughing Gator said...

Bobo translated:

We're gonna run it until our fans eyes bleed, then when we tally up how many times we've run it, we're going to pass exactly that many times out of play-action. Balance is the goal, whether we win or lose. Have to be a balanced team.

Scott said...

Why does there have to be a running back by committee. Georgia once had this guy who carried the ball 30-45 times a game and even won a Heisman Trophy for it. When that guy was asked about carrying the ball so much, he said that the ball wasn't heavy.

Considering the way Bobo is handling this offense, would Herschel Walker be Herschel Walker if he was playing today?

dcdawg333 said...

new post:

Anonymous said...

I know it's a bit trivial, but Caleb King had a 20 yard TD run in the opening game against La-Lafayett. I know you have to consider the competition, but he does have one to his credit. Here's hoping he gets at least 15 carries on Saturday.

Ginny said...

Scott- I don't think Bobo is opposed to having one back get all the carries. In fact, I think he would prefer it. Bobo was our coordinator when Moreno started and he got the vast majority of the carries. Ealey and King are no Knowshons - believe that. I highly doubt either of them could handle getting 30-45 touches a game.

Bizzaroneck said...

I absolutely agree with Anon. We don't allow our rb's to get in a rhythm. Let's let one guy play the first half and see what happens. I don't care who it is as long as Ealey does not get carries in the redzone. And I don't know if Bozo has heard of this, but sometimes you can run a toss sweep. You know just throw a little wrinkle in there.

Anonymous said...

Someone tell Bobo the bozo that he has to call plays that will put the backs in a position to be successful...What a joke....