Ealey Readies for His Chance
Washaun Ealey

Posted Oct 13, 2010

ATHENS – Last year, a while male English Bulldog was given the name Big Bad Bruce.

In two days, Georgia fans get to meet him by his new name: Uga.

Or Uga VIII, the latest in the line of Georgia’s famous Bulldog mascots. The school will introduce the new Uga to fans during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, before the team faces Vanderbilt.

There will be what the school called a “passing of the collar” from the interim mascot, Russ, who had served since late last year. Uga VII died of heart failure last November after a short tenure as the official mascot.

Head coach Mark Richt said he got to view a picture of the new Uga on Wednesday.

“What a wonderful choice,” Richt said. “He was 13 months, 55 pounds and undefeated. I like that. I hope he stays that way.”

Ealey readies for his chance

Washaun Ealey figured to be a big part of Georgia’s offensive plan after a strong finish to last year: 183 yards against Georgia Tech, 98 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn.

But the first half of his season was derailed first by an arrest, leading to being suspended for the opener, then two key fumbles lost inside the 5-yard line, against South Carolina and Mississippi State.

But Caleb King’s two-game suspension after an arrest, and a hamstring injury to Carlton Thomas, has put Ealey back in a starting role.

The sophomore said Wednesday he wanted to earn back the trust of the team after the fumbles.

“I’m pretty sure I lost the trust of most guys on the team,” he said. “Hopefully I can go out there and gain their trust back this week.”

Other tailback options

Thomas got snaps in Wednesday’s practice and has a chance to play against Vanderbilt. But Thomas is still uncertain and Ken Malcome a possible redshirt, so the team is working another candidate into the mix.

Freshman Zander Ogletree, who has been playing fullback and special teams, has been getting tailback reps.

“(They’re) just trying to put me there, in case they need me anytime somebody gets hurt,” Ogletree said. “Because we’re kind of short on depth at running back.”

Another fullback, senior Fred Munzenmaier, got snaps at tailback this week. Malcome’s status, and whether the redhsirt comes off, remains the most intriguing subplot.

“A lot of what might happen with Ken might have to do with what Carlton does,” Richt said.

He said it

“I admire coach Richt for disciplining these young men. I tell you what, I know he loves them and that’s why he does that. Because if he didn’t care, he wouldn’t.”

- Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell, on Richt’s discipline of King and other arrested players.

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