The redshirt freshman running back was injured the second half of his senior season in high school, then spent last year redshirted on Georgia’s sideline.
So when he was given the ball on Central Michigan’s 3-yard line in the second quarter of Georgia’s 56-17 win Saturday, King knew what he had to do.
Only, his first crack at the end zone came up short as King was stood up at the 1-yard line. King was terrified that might be his last shot.
“I thought Knowshon was going to run it in and get me out, but he didn’t,” King said.
On the next play, King drove a wall of defenders backward into the end zone for Georgia’s second score of the game and the first of his college career.
“I hadn’t scored in a long time,” King said. “It felt good.”
King took a backseat to teammate Knowshon Moreno for much of the game, but still managed to tally 28 yards on seven carries.
Freshman running back Richard Samuel, who has been battling King for playing time throughout the first two games, came on in the fourth quarter and scored on a 1-yard run for his first career touchdown, too. On the sideline, King was one of the first to offer a hug.
“I congratulated him,” King said, “then I said, ‘Let’s get another one.’ ”