Samuel Catching King at RB

ATHENS – Just when it seemed like Caleb King had locked down the No. 2 spot on Georgia's depth chart at running back, freshman Richard Samuel is once again pushing him for playing time.

King badly missed a block on pass protection in the red zone against Florida last week leading to a sack of quarterback Matthew Stafford. The once-promising drive ended two plays later with a missed field goal.

"Pass pro was an issue, no doubt," head coach Mark Richt said. "The other part is we've seen a lot of energy out of Richard on kickoff return. He has not been redshirted, and he hasn't played a lot, so we want to see what he can do."

Richt said Samuel hasn't been perfect on pass protection either and is still learning the offense, but coaches feel he deserves a shot in game action to show how far along he is.

"Which guy will play first or play the most, I couldn't tell you, where before I could have predicted it would have been Caleb. It's a much tighter race, I'll tell you that," Richt said. "Don't be surprised to see Richard get a snap before Caleb, but I don't think it's etched in stone right now."


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