Paging Caleb King

ATHENS – Paging Caleb King… Caleb King… please report to the huddle.

Four games into the season it is pretty obvious to me that Caleb King brings something a little different to Georgia's running game – namely his vision. He brings other things, too, but there is something about the way King is running right now which should make Georgia fans excited.

There is nothing wrong with Richard Samuel's slam-it-up-in-there running style – you need that at times. But his vision is not what King's is and that's becoming obvious. I love the speed of Samuel in the open field, but he's not in the open field too often. Carlton Thomas sort of disappeared last game, but I like his change of pace, too.

King didn't play in the first two games of the season, but has averaged 5 yards a carry since.

Still, it seems to me that King is the back Georgia has been missing for much of the start of the 2009 season. Then again, he was the back Georgia was missing for the start of the 2009 season. King ran has run hard this year. He's not been spectacular (not yet, at least), but you can see that King has been doing the work necessary to have a big year – and that's what I expect from him from this point forward. I expect King to have a breakout game at some point this year, and no time is better than this week against LSU.

Paging Caleb King.

The fourth-ranked Tigers' run defense is not what it has been in the past – they are allowing 129.3 yards a game on the ground, which leaves them ranked them a spot behind Georgia at 9th best in the SEC. That means Georgia can execute on the ground – or they should be able to. Every team the Tigers have played – including Louisiana-Lafayette – have rushed for over 100 yards (Washington – 157; Vandy – 122; Louisiana-Lafayette – 109; Mississippi State – 151).

Paging Caleb King.

In two games King has gotten exactly 11 carries a game. I have to think his hamstring injury is under control. That's why I'd expect a big game from Caleb King. I suspect King will get about 16-18 carries this week. Sure, he had the fumble, which turned into seven points for Arizona State, but he is not known as a fumbler (it would be great Caleb, however, if you could go ahead an make a habit of keeping that ball high and tight). He was the back in the game for those hard yards at the end of the game. I still can't believe what should have been a 15-yard facemask penalty went unnoticed by the officials as well as the crack announcing crew on the Ocho.

Now is the time for King to step up for himself, the Dawgs and his future. The hype was there a long time ago, but the pause button was punched because of Knowshon. Press the play button, Caleb, and get your career rolling the way we all think it can.

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