Samuel Redshirts, Waits for 2011

Samuel Redshirts, Waits for 2011

ATHENS – Last week, as Georgia was searching for running backs, there was a player on its bench who ran for 104 yards in one game last year, and was a top-rated tailback coming out of high school.

But Richard Samuel wasn't called upon for a variety of reasons. He's a linebacker now. He's hardly practiced because of a preseason injury. And he may end up redshirting anyway.

Samuel, a junior, suited up for the first time against Vanderbilt but did not play. At this point, with five games left in the regular season, he would be willing to save himself for another year of eligibility.

"I think it'd be beneficial if I got (the redshirt), if it happened," Samuel said.

Samuel spent his first two years at Georgia as a tailback, gaining 133 yards as a freshman and 395 as a sophomore. In fact last year he started six times, and had an 80-yard touchdown run against Arkansas.

But he was moved to linebacker last spring, and feels comfortable at the position.

He played linebacker in high school, and had the option before he came to Georgia. He chose running back, but says now linebacker would be his preference.

"At first it was hard (to switch positions.) I would always sit back and watch our running backs and think the things I would've done if I was there," Samuel said. "It was difficult. But I just feel like linebacker is for me."

Murray and Jones honored

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was named SEC freshman of the week for the second straight week. Murray had 287 passing yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 36 yards, in Georgia's 43-0 rout of Vanderbilt.

Junior center Ben Jones was also named SEC offensive lineman of the week. Murray's honor last week had been the only SEC one by a Georgia player this season.

Lott plays a little, does a lot

Defensive tackle Derrick Lott only played 10 snaps against Vanderbilt, all in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided. But the redshirt freshman made good use of his time.

Lott recorded four tackles, three of them solo.

When head coach Mark Richt was asked if any of the reserves impressed him, Lott was the first player he mentioned. Lott said he also got a lot of "good games" from assistant coaches.

"I'm pretty sure what I did Saturday will be helping me the rest of the season. Probably traveling, maybe playing more," Lott said.

Lott has mostly been on scout team this season. The Vanderbilt game was his second action of the season, but the first since the opener against the Louisiana-Lafayette.

Lott said he remembers defensive line coach Rodney Garner said, "Lott, you're up."

"The first thing I did was look up at the scoreboard and see how much time I had to play. I remember it was about six or seven minutes," Lott said. "They called the first play, I was like Oh I know this. Let's do it. Came out there and made the first play, I was excited about it. I was amped up, I was ready to make more plays."

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