You see Georgia fans have grown accustomed to offseason disappointments (not that they are unique to the Bulldogs). Georgia fans are not stupid - they know from experience that the offseason is the bad season.
From players transferring, to arrests, to selling rings or jerseys – it wouldn't be an offseason at Georgia, or any other college program (see Ohio State or Southern Cal these days), without breaking news. If it is breaking during the offseason its never a good thing, and today was no different.
Caleb King is out at Georgia. The five-star prospect's career has ended in the summer of his senior campaign.
Still, in the face of seemingly predictable bad offseason news, Georgia fans have to be scratching their heads wondering two things – 1. How did this happen? How did a fifth-year senior at one of the most critical spots on the team not maintain eligibility to play in his final season. 2. Can Isaiah Crowell block?
I'm not sure which question forces more lost sleep for the red and black faithful, but Crowell's blocking prowess is more pressing. If Crowell can't block Georgia could be in for a more difficult season than its at-times optimistic fan base thinks. Fans may not want to hear it, but in Georgia's offense running backs have to block – at least some. Why? Aaron Murray's chin and/or back can answer that question.
Last year the Tampa native was nearly sawed in half after the now-transferred Washuan Ealey missed a block. That can't happen this fall. The ability to block also leads to masking the direction of the offense. If defenses know that Crowell can't block, but that he's in the game they can load up to stop the run. If they don't know that they can't cheat, and that should help Georgia.
The first question is one that matters little now that King is gone, but is an interesting one nonetheless. If 2011 is truly that important of a season for Mark Richt (and it certainly appears to be) then how in the world did King not get the job done in the classroom?
Was it not spelled out for King exactly what to do? Some would ask how he was allowed to fail.
Is Crowell that advanced right now that King doesn't matter? That seems nearly impossible to imagine (see the ranting about running back blocking above – King, for all his faults, figured out how to block while in the backfield). Even if Crowell is the star at Georgia what happens if he gets hurt? Someone has to run the ball at Georgia… right?
There are a slew of ways by which Mark Richt runs his program at Georgia in the right way – and to some degree King not being ushered through into the fall without merit underscores that. But at the same time one has to wonder how King got to that point to begin with… and if Crowell can block.