Another hit for Georgia's backfield

July, 18, 2011
7/18/11
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Caleb King is gone and so is Washaun Ealey.

Now it appears that the latest casualty in the Georgia backfield is junior Carlton Thomas, who according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be suspended for at least the first game of the season against Boise State.

Thomas violated team rules back in the spring, according to the Journal-Constitution's report, and is required to sit out 10 percent of the Bulldogs' scheduled games per Georgia athletic association student-athlete policy. Georgia opens the season on Sept. 3 against Boise State in the Georgia Dome.

With Thomas out of the lineup, that means Georgia heads into the opener without a single player who took a snap at tailback last season. Other than Thomas, the only tailback on the team who's ever played in a college game is junior Richard Samuel, and he spent last season at linebacker after starting his career at tailback. Samuel redshirted last season after injuring his knee. He was moved back to tailback last week.

So by the week, the opportunity just keeps getting bigger for prized Georgia freshman running back Isaiah Crowell. The Bulldogs will also lean heavily on redshirt freshman Ken Malcome, who's more of a pounder than he is a breakaway threat.

And then there's Samuel, who got up over 240 pounds after moving to linebacker last season. Two years ago, before Samuel's move from tailback to linebacker, he was weighing around 225.

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