Ealey: Georgia wasn't right for me

May, 10, 2011
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Washaun Ealey doesn't sound like someone who's broken up about leaving Georgia.

In an interview Tuesday with Gentry Estes of Dawgs247.com, Ealey said he knew about two weeks ago that he wouldn't be playing for the Bulldogs next season.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesWashaun Ealey gained 1,528 yards and rushed for 14 touchdowns in two seasons at Georgia.
"I just wasn't feeling the vibe, I guess," said Ealey, who was given his unconditional release from the program on Monday by Georgia coach Mark Richt, who called it a mutual parting of ways.

"I just feel like, I guess, the University of Georgia wasn't right for me. I'm just looking out for my family back home and thinking about my future and where I want to be in 10 years. ... I just felt like I want to be able to stay focused. For me to be successful, I probably need to go somewhere I can focus."

Ealey led the Bulldogs with 811 rushing yards last season and averaged 5.2 yards per carry, but he'd also been suspended twice during his career. He conceded that he would have done a better job of avoiding trouble if he had it to do over again, but added, "I feel like everything happens for a reason, so I probably wouldn't change anything."

With heralded true freshman Isaiah Crowell joining an already crowded backfield in the fall, Ealey said he wasn't interested in sharing carries with that many different backs. Senior Caleb King, junior Carlton Thomas and redshirt freshman Ken Malcome all return for the 2011 season.

"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."

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