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July 8, 2011

Uh, Crowell Better Be Good. Like Now.

Do you remember how badly you wanted Caleb King to sign with Georgia?  I remember waking up in a cold sweat one night after I dreamed that King signed with Auburn.  "Brad Lester and Caleb King IN THE SAME BACKFIELD!  MY LORD, HELP!"  That's why I don't take recruiting seriously anymore.

King is now ineligible for his senior year because he couldn't get it together in the classroom.  You'll recall he missed that epic Liberty Bowl showdown because of books too.  King finishes his career at UGA with 10 TDs and 1,271 yards.  He has to go down as another wildly heralded recruit who wildly disappointed in Athens.  The obvious comparison is Jasper Sanks, who had 12 career TDs and 1,651 yards.  Good luck to you, Caleb, in whatever you end up doing, but this certainly leaves UGA in the lurch for 2011.

We have Carlton Thomas, Ken Malcome, and Isaiah Crowell.  That's 86 career carries between all of Georgia's tailbacks.  Holy crap.  Crowell better be a damn horse. Not a centaur, but an actual horse.  I know Ken hasn't gotten live snaps yet, but Carlton Thomas as my starter makes me burst into tears.  He's a third down back that we squint at to convince ourselves he's an every down back.  I'm sure he's tough and fast and a good guy, but he just isn't big enough for first and second down.  Malcome certainly has size, but he doesn't get me excited or even confident.  Maybe he's the answer to bridge the gap while Crowell figures it out, but no body knows what he can do when the band is playing and the lights are lit.  Crowell's in the same boat, except he's hyped and everybody knows who he is.  Basically, we are all in on Crowell and Malcome this season. 

Also, given our reluctance to play any back who doesn't have a masters degree in pass protection, will we have any pass plays with a tailback in the formation? 


I know it's been a while, but the wife and I had twins in January.  I've had both hands full.


Dubbayoo said...

Washout Ealey should have toughed it out. He'd be the lead dog now for sure.

Reverend Whitewall said...

Also disconcerting that our two areas whose depth is on life support right now (OL & RB) are overseen by the staff's least experienced coaches. Not saying McClendon & Friend won't be able to step up to the task, I just wish they had been through the rodeo a couple of more times already.

Anonymous said...

Recruiting should be taken seriously because football, collegiate and professional, is really a numbers game. Coach Richt has hamstrung UGA oin this regard as we are now entering this season with a significantly depleted roster. Bama, naturally, has figured this out. Stocking up on players and ensuring that your roster is as close to the maximum as possible gives your team the best chance to succeed.

Tyler Dawgden said...

Congrats on that, by the way.

King had a pretty big hole to climb out of. Of course, digging faster than you are putting dirt in doesn't fix that problem.

Anonymous said...

I'm not worried at all. Bobo still has his 170 lb tailback for critical 3rd and 25 situations.

all school said...

Caleb must not have learned the First Rule of Holes (among other things), which is brilliantly simple, and simply brilliant. The rule: When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Caleb apparently opted to try to get out of the hole via China. I'm sorry it didnt work out for him, but this is an opportunity for someone else to step up. Maybe it's Crowell, maybe it's Malcome, maybe it's Richard Samuel. I just hope it's someone.

Anonymous said...

One position that gets overlooked is the fullback. We lost both fullbacks and are now going to start a converted TE at FB with nobody with any playing experience behind him. Throw in a thin and underachieving OL, a questionable WR corps, and now the RB situation featuring two midgets, a true freshman, and a redshirt freshman that couldn't beat out those 2 midgets in spring ball, and you get a high potential for disaster.

Hobnail_Boot said...

It's all part of the plan to utilize the first ever 4-TE formation. Just watch.

Dubbayoo said...

It's so bad they might have to bring Richard Samuel back to offense.

Paul Westerdawg said...

Welcome back. Been reading your bride's blog. Cute kids.

You had me at Centaur.

RoyOrbisonDawg said...

Great post Quinton. If you start posing again, you and Tyler could turn this into the The Golden Age of the Georgia Sports Blog.

Kanu said...


Congratulations on the twins! As the dad of a 3 week old myself, all I can do is bow down to you & your wife for caring for 2. Respect.

Take care man, hope to see you again somewhere down the road; it was great meeting you in Boulder. Take care & good luck with the twins...

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