On the 25th of November, I read an article in my local newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle. The small article was about the mess of the tailback situation. At the end, I saw a paragraph that kind of confused me, and guess who was interviewed saying it? Coach Mike Bobo, on the injury of Crowell in the Kentucky game:
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo didn't question Crowell's toughness with his latest injury.
"You go look at the tape, the guy got rolled up pretty good on his ankle," said Bobo, who on Tuesday thought Crowell would be able to got against Georgia Tech.
The article earlier talks about the disciplinary issues and the missteps of Crowell, Thomas, and Ken Malcome. Personally, Chris Burnette did fall pretty hard on Crowell's ankle, but that doesn't excuse his lack of work ethic, his arrogance, and his lack of toughness and stamina. From my observations, Crowell goes down with the lightest hit, and even when he's injured or out, he's just sitting on the bench talking. He should be talking to the coach, reviewing strategies or plays.
This whole situation disgusts me. Crowell, Thomas, and Malcome have subjected themselves to multiple suspensions, which will hopefully teach them a lesson. Brandon Harton and Richard Samuel have not had any missteps, but are each in a hardship of their own. Harton's hardship is going away slowly, despite the fact that he was low on the depth chart and had only 11 carries for 34 yards before this season. Harton is coming into his own, rusing for 247 yards in 53 carries this season. Richard Samuel IV was a reliable back, rushing for 240 yards in 73 carries, before his ankle injury on the last play of the game at Florida, and he will not play against Tech tomorrow.
However, we do not have to look far for someone to step up for the team. We've already prepared that. Brandon Harton, Kyle Karempelis, Brandon Boykin, and Branden Smith have had carries before, and have succeeded. Below are the stats for all players who have had a carry for the Dawgs this season:
1. Isaiah Crowell 10 games, 172 attempts, 832 yards, 4.84 avg. yards per carry, 5 touchdowns.
2. Carlton Thomas 7 games, 59 attempts, 327 yards, 5.54 avg. yards per carry, 2 touchdowns.
3. Richard Samuel 7 games, 73 attempts, 240 yards, 3.29 avg. yards per carry, 1 touchdown.
4. Brandon Harton 4 games, 53 attempts, 247 yards, 4.66 avg. yards per carry, 1 touchdown.
5. Ken Malcome 3 games, 13 attempts, 47 yards, 3.62 avg. yards per carry, 0 touchdowns.
6. Kyle Karempelis 2 games, 13 attempts, 63 yards, 4.85 avg. yards per carry, 1 touchdown.
7. Wes Van Dyk 2 games, 3 attempts, 12 yards, 4.00 avg. yards per carry, 0 touchdowns.
Now, here are the rushing stats for the defensive backs:
8. Brandon Boykin 11 games, 5 attempts, 95 yards, 19.00 avg. yards per carry, 1 touchdowns.
9. Branden Smith 11 games, 6 attempts, 77 yards, 12.83 avg. yards per carry, 1 touchdowns.
Now, here are the rushing stats for wide receivers:
10. Malcolm Mitchell 8 games, 2 attempts, 19 yards, 9.50 avg. yards per carry, 0 touchdowns.
11. Tavarres King 11 games, 2 attempts, 5 yards, 2.50 avg. yards per carry, 0 touchdowns.
Lastly, here are the rushing stats for the quarterbacks:
12. Aaron Murray 11 games, 67 attempts, 107 yards, 1.60 avg. yards per carry, 2 touchdowns.
13. Hutson Mason 3 games, 3 attempts, -1 yards, -0.33 avg. yards per carry, 1 rouchdowns.
That's the stats for individual players. Here they are as a team and combined opponents:
1. Team: 11 games, 481 attempts, 2039 yards, 4.24 avg. yards per carry, 15 touchdowns, 185.36 yards per game.
2. Opponents Combined: 11 games, 323 attempts, 894 yards, 2.77 avg. yards per carry, 9 touchdowns, 81.27 yards per game.
Georgia is 4th in the conference in rushing yards per game, with 185.36, 6th in average yards per carry with 4.24, and 4th in total yards, with 2039.
So, Georgia really is among the Top 5 in the conference in rushing, just with many different backs. We do have a great variety of players ready to step up and run, including Harton and Karempelis, not to mention the defensive backs, who've done extremely well.
So who do we have to run against Tech tomorrow? This is my depth chart for the Tech game:
1. Brandon Harton
2. Branden Smith
3. Ken Malcome
4. Brandon Boykin
5. Kyle Karempelis.