2009 Spring Preview: Running Backs

ATHENS - Dean Legge breaks down the running backs at Georgia this spring.

Running Back:
2008 Starter: Knowshon Moreno

Georgia fans will need to get used to the new era of running back at Georgia, which starts this spring in a dramatic way. Gone is the best running back of the Mark Richt Era. There is a new position coach for the spot. And there seems no certain replacement for Knowshon Moreno.

Caleb King will have little to no competition this spring for carries, which is a bad thing. Georgia running backs have blossomed after surviving grueling position battles. The Bulldogs will need more than one running back to get the job done in 2009, and there still remains question to if King is prepare to do all it takes to be one of those two backs this fall. Many are waiting to see if King will explode at Georgia the way he did his junior season at Parkview – the jury is still very much out.

Still, King should, if nothing else, know more now, entering his third season at Georgia, what is expected of him. It is too bad both Richard Samuel, who was expected to compete, or even beat out King, for the starting spot and Dontavious Jackson are out this spring.

That leaves redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas, who does not appear to be an every-down SEC back, as the backup this spring. Stellar spring performer Kalvin Daniels will get his fair share of the limelight and carries this next few weeks, too.

Class of 2009 (1 Signed) – Washaun Ealy broke a slew of high schools records on the way to one of the most successful runs in Single A high school football in Georgia of late. He will be on campus in the fall, but is expected to redshirt.

Keep and eye on for 2010 – MLK's Mack Brown and Byrnes' Marcus Lattamore are Georgia's big two targets for the backfield. They need to sign one of those two, and maybe another, in order to fill future backfields with an elite tailback.

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