Samuel: "Just Wants to Help the Team Win"
Richard Samuel
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Mar 31, 2012


ATHENS - Whether lining up at tailback, linebacker, tailback again and now at fullback, Georgia’s Richard Samuel brings the same mindset.

“He just wants to help the team win,” Richt said. “It’s the typical Richard Samuel line to me `Coach, I want to have a great senior year. I want to do anything I can to help the team win and if it means playing a little fullback, I’ll do that, too.’”

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Samuel could end up playing more than a little fullback.

He got first-team work at fullback this week.

“We’re going to let him compete,” Richt said. “Who knows he may start at fullback just depending how well he does. It’s certainly an open competition at that position.”

Samuel, who returned to tailback last season after moving to linebacker while redshirting in 2010, addressed getting practice repetitions at fullback earlier this week in an interivew on 680 The Zone.

He said the plays and protections were similar to what he learned at tailback.

“The most I can relate it to is it’s still physical like a linebacker, which I enjoy,” he said.

He said most of his work came “with some of the new packages having a different attack on the defense.”

Richt said that Samuel talked to him before spring practice about wanting to learn fullback because he knew the team didn’t have a lot of depth there. Zander Ogletree, Merritt Hall and Dustin Royston are also working at the position.

Mitchell works with receiver group missing depth

Malcolm Mitchell got his first snaps on offense this spring on Thursday. The sophomore is gearing up to help at cornerback at least for early this season, but Georgia’s receiving corps is stretched thin this spring without him there full-time.

“We’re lacking some depth,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

Junior Rantavious Wooten has been sidelined by a pulled leg muscle and sophomore Chris Conley is limited after wrist surgery.

That leaves Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Michael Bennett and Justin-Scott Wesley as the top four receivers.

“They’re a little worn down right now,” Bobo said. “But I think it’s good to them to have to push themselves and play hard. It’s a little bit of a struggle right now, but those guys are getting to go against a lot of different looks and having to recognize a lot of different things so I think it’s going to make us better in the long run.”

Mitchell got to help some Thursday.

“We tried to let Malcolm Mitchell get any time he was not losing a rep on defense to try to jump over there and get a little work on offense, which was good,” Richt said. “He enjoyed it. You can tell he was a little tired, but if he’s going to play both ways he’s got to get used to being in condition for something like that. I thought he did a good job.”

Clemson AD expects Georgia series to happen

Georgia and Clemson haven’t ironed out details on exactly when it’s scheduled home-and-home series will be held, but Tigers athletic director Terry Don Phillips said Friday that he expects the games will be played.

“Absolutely,” he said on Sports Radio 790 The Zone. “We intend to do that and we’ve had good conversations with Greg (McGarity) and Georgia, and so, …that’s one of those things we just believe very strongly that we’ve got to work out.”

Georgia is scheduled to play at Clemson to open the 2013 season and the Tigers would return the trip to open the 2014 season, but ACC teams will have nine conference games to accommodate and that might alter when the Georgia-Clemson games are played.

McGarity, Georgia’s athletic director, said there was nothing new to report from Georgia’s end.

This and that

Georgia will hold its first scimmage of the spring this morning. It practiced Friday afternoon. The session was entirely closed to the media. …Defensive end/outside linebacker Ray Drew is expected to take part in the scrimmage today and then head to Atlanta to take part in a track meet against Georgia Tech. Drew finished second in the discus last weekend for Georgia in his first collegiate track meet.


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