King & Samuel fighting for backup RB spot

ATHENS – He may be the youngest player on the team, but freshman running back Richard Samuel is having no trouble impressing his older teammates so far this summer.

Samuel, who didn't turn 17 until after he enrolled at Georgia last spring, has shown enough in camp that he could overtake redshirt freshman Caleb King for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, running backs coach Tony Ball said.

"Right now, that No. 2, that No. 3 spot, we need to know who that is, but they'll both get equal amounts of reps, and then we'll assess what changes need to be made," Ball said.

Samuel has drawn rave reviews from teammates thus far, with fullback Shaun Chapis saying he often needs to remind himself that Samuel is still only 17.

In Monday's scrimmage, both King and Samuel looked sharp, head coach Mark Richt said. King rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for another 22 yards, according to Richt's unofficial statistics, while Samuel ran 11 times for 45 yards and caught three passes for another 26 yards.

"I was pleased with both of them," Richt said. "They both seemed to have a good feel for what they were doing. I think both of them missed the crease or missed the hole, but really pretty good overall."

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