"He's just sorry that it had to go down that way," Thomas said. "I mean, I feel him, because it could've been anybody at that point in time. Things happen, and you just hope that it works for the best in his favor."
Caleb King had already moved slightly ahead of Ealey on the depth chart, although the pair still figured to share carries. Thomas was going to be the third option, but now he moves up to a solid No. 2, followed by senior Fred Munzenmaier.
True freshman Ken Malcolm would be fourth, but the team would still like to redshirt him.
"I told Caleb, you'll probably gonna get more carries than you would've got," head coach Mark Richt said. "And Carlton Thomas, you're gonna get your opportunity, you'll get more of an opportunity than you would've got. I said wrap up the ball and pass protect, that's been a little bit of your nemesis."
Richt also told Munzenmaier to "get greased up."
Dent, O-Line starters back
For the first time in weeks, Georgia had its entire projected first-string line at Friday's practice. Ben Jones (who had minor knee surgery 13 days ago) and Cordy Glenn (who was out with mononucleosis) were both back in red practice jerseys.
Inside linebacker Akeem Dent (toe surgery in July) was out of a non-contact jersey and was full-go at practice for the first time this preseason. Richt said he was sure Dent would be ready for the opener as long as he didn't have a setback.
Mike Gilliard (hamstring) was also going through practice.
The only bad news was Demarcus Dobbs (sprained ankle) did not return to practice as expected, instead spending Friday on the exercise bike. But Richt said he was "hopeful" that Dobbs would practice Monday and were pretty certain he would play against Louisiana-Lafayette.
He said it
"I didn't plan on talking to him, because I really wasn't in the right frame of mind to speak to him, I didn't know what I might say. But after I decided that I was gonna suspend him at least one game, I thought it'd be at least proper to tell him before I talked to you guys. I didn't really feel like talking to him, quite frankly."
- Richt, on talking to Ealey.