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Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:29 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Running back Washaun Ealey will transfer from Georgia, the school announced today. Georgia has granted Ealey, a junior-to-be from Stillmore, GA, an unconditional release, so he's free to join the school of his choice for the 2011 academic year.

"Washaun and I have had several conversations in recent weeks," said head coach Mark Richt in a statement released today. "We both have come to the conclusion that a transfer to another institution would be in his best interest."

Ealey had been the Bulldogs' leading rusher in 2010, tallying 811 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground in 12 games while splitting time with junior tailback Caleb King. Neither back was particularly effective, and Georgia went 6-7 in a season that had started with much, much higher hopes. 

Unfortunately for Ealey, he fell out of the good graces of Richt and the program in February, and he was suspended from the team for what ended up being 18 days. His return was scarcely better, as injuries kept him out of all but four spring practices. That led to this surprising statement from Richt at a booster meeting two weeks ago:

“Washaun has a ways to go still to show me that he deserves to start or even play right now,” Richt told the room. “He has a ways to go in my book. We’ll see. I love him, though.”

At the point of a coach making public statements like that, a transfer seems almost inevitable, and that's what we got here. There's no telling as yet where Ealey's headed; often, players transfer closer to home, but seeing as how Ealey's from Stillmore, he can't really get much closer than Georgia. Also, there's no indication if he's going the FBS or FCS route. Being that he was a starting tailback, it seems like there's no shortage of FBS teams that'd like to get him in their backfield, but the real issue is whether he'd rather play one year of FBS ball or two of FCS -- especially if there's no guarantee that he'd start at an FBS school.

Ealey's transfer paves the way for King to take over the starting RB role, but highly touted freshman Isaiah Crowell could make a major push. If Crowell's good enough to overtake King in Week 1, look out: Crowell could make a Marcus Lattimore-style impact on the SEC this year.


Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:06 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

King has either been dinged up or held out. But when he has played he has been good. He averages over 5 ypc and can break some great runs. He just doesn't have the drive that the best do.

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:42 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Coming out of high school with huge numbers I predicted he would light up the SEC his soph. year..but it was not to be..Had respectable season but should have easily pushed King aside.Seems to be on the same path as Bryce Brown.Brown was #1RB recruit as a freshman but couldn't block;couldn't find the seams and didn't have SEC speed..Got major playing time over Poole as #2 RB but never broke any big runs..If King is the starter than the Dogs will be doing a lot of passing because in the SEC world  King is average at best!!

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:29 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Per Ealey's mouth.

“I’m a person where I want to be a premier back,” Ealey said. “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.”

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

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:54 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

I am not too broken hearted about this move.  Even with out the addition of Crowell, I think it will be best for both UGA and according to an intervew Ealey did today, for Washaun Ealey.  Ealey wanted to be the primary rock hauler for the team, but when it came down to accepting the responsibility and being able to be relied upon he was a failure. Too much dancing in the huddles, too much talking, too many crucial fumbles, unable to pass block, multiple suspensions, the list goes on and on.  Yes he did, have some outstanding single game performances, even a decent year, but when you look at the package as a whole, not a lot inside.  I say "best of luck in finding a place where you can shine Ealey", but remember a dim bulb looks bright in a dark room. And judging by your performance, on and off the field...

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:05 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Come to Notre Dame, we run your type of offense, and you can drink all you want!  Sealed

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:00 pm

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Georgia Southern seems like the logical choice, its only about 30 minutes from Stillmore and he would still have two years of eligability. 

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:06 am

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Troy does use a run and gun primarily but we also have some west coast offense sets. And Troy actually did attempt to run the ball quite a bit despite being in the top ten in passing offense. There was just no standout back so they split carries getting as high as 600 yards.

If this guy is any good playing the the spread and not racking up yards is an excuse. Look at LaMichael James at Oregon. Playing in a spread would help his stock if anything because he would become a better catching back getting way more underneath passes and pitches.

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:04 am

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Doesn't GA Southern run a Troy like Run-n-Gun? I doubt Ealey wants much to do with either of those.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:59 am

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

Isaiah Crowell may well be the future RB, but Ken Malcome is probably the here and now to split time with Caleb king. I'm pretty sure that he will end up D-1 somewhere. Central Florida, USF or maybe even back in the SEC. 

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:35 am

Washaun Ealey granted transfer from Georgia

No way come to tOSU and get free cars and Tatoos!

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