Posted by Tom Fornelli
Back in February, Georgia running back Washaun Ealey was suspended indefinitely by the team after he missed an early morning disciplinary run. The kind of disciplinary run your coach makes you do after you've broken a few team rules and gotten arrested for a hit-and-run accident along with driving on a suspended license. Well, coach Mark Richt reinstated Ealey to the team in time for spring practice, giving him the chance to work his way back into his coach's good graces, but Ealey hurt his hamstring after only four practices and sat out the rest of the spring.
Which allowed every other running back on the Georgia roster to loosen Ealey's grip on the starting job, and judging by the words of Richt at the Augusta Bulldog Club meeting on Wednesday night, I don't think Ealey's going to get it back.
“Washaun has a ways to go still to show me that he deserves to start or even play right now,” Richt told the room, including Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He has a ways to go in my book. We’ll see. I love him, though.”
Well, I suppose it's better to be loved on the bench than hated on it, but it doesn't sound like Georgia's leading rusher in 2010 is going to get much playing time in 2011. Richt also went on to say that the position is wide open, as Ealey competes with guys like Caleb King, Ken Malcome, Carlton Thomas and incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell.
Maybe if Washaun brings some adorable bulldog puppies to practice like Crowell had on signing day, Richt will begin to forgive him.