Just like that (corrected link), Boo Malcome ascends the depth chart at running back for the Georgia Bulldogs. This is the same guy who had a good GDay game then ended up at the bottom on the post-Spring depth chart. But Ealey and King are gone, Crowell is learning and Thomas is in the Dawg House.
I've lost count, but I think that should put us at around 75 scholarship players in the Dome...plus whichever walkons earn the honor in the next month. The good news is we didn't need half that many players to kick the crap out of the Broncos six years ago. The bad news is that today's bronco is a different breed.
The rising junior from Frostproof, Fla., violated team rules back in the spring, three persons familiar with the situation confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As per Georgia Athletic Association student-athlete policy, Thomas has to sit out 10 percent of scheduled games this season.
The Bulldogs play 12 games this season, including the season opener against Top-10-ranked Boise State in the Georgia Dome. Most recently that has resulted in one-game suspensions, though Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity declined to specify.
“If we have any announcements regarding suspensions, they’ll be made at the appropriate time,” said McGarity, declining further comment.
I mean just last week Thomas told Weiszer...
“(My) mindset hasn’t changed,” said Thomas, a redshirt junior. “Since day one it’s been to win and to do what I can do for the team. Because a couple of my teammates have left, it’s just a bigger role for me stepping into a leadership position and pushing the position, so when it’s time to play Boise State everyone’s going to be on board and get the job done and get that win.”Ok. Well I guess that excludes whatever day it was back in April where he stuck his head up his ass. The bigger picture: now many are gonna say "See, CMR knows what he's doing with Samuel. We definitely need him at RB now. So quit your bitching Bernie and let him do his job." You're right, we do need Samuel at RB. But you can't really argue the fact that we've mismanaged a few players over the years.
Kiante Tripp may have never established himself as a DE and Samuel may eventually work out at running back. But at this point it feels a lot more like a street side vendor's shell game than actual player development.
I like the three RBs we have for the first game, don't get me wrong. Malcome evidently didn't have a very crisp Spring, but looked good in the actual game. Crowell is going to be fine as far as developing into a complete SEC back. It's just a matter of how long that takes. Samuel ironically is the one that we are the most familiar with. We know what we're getting, he's just much bigger now and we hope that his hands are more "confident" and his feet are more "RB like".