Richt Still Confident in Samuel

ATHENS – A big preseason earned Richard Samuel the starting tailback job to open the season, but beyond an 80-yard run against Arkansas, his numbers have been declining each week since.

The sophomore tailback tallied 87 yards in his first career start against Oklahoma State and chipped in with several impressive runs against South Carolina a week later. But outside of his 80-yarder, Samuel has averaged just two yards per carry in his last two games, and head coach Mark Richt thinks the solution may be patience.

"I guess he's similar to a quarterback who can throw it extremely hard," Richt said. "They've got to understand sometimes how to use the touch. He's a back who has to learn at times to gear it down a little bit until he really sees it, and then hit it."

Richt said he remains confident that Samuel can develop into a star running back, and he isn't asking him to change his style – just his approach.

"I think he's getting a better feel of the vision of the running schemes and where it should go, but it's hard to slow him down," Richt said. "He really runs hard, and there's a lot of value to that if you start knocking people back and breaking tackles. It's just a different style of running."


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