So, Will Today Be The Day?

According to others, today is the day that grades become official and we learn the academic status of Caleb King, A.J. Harmon, and the rest of the football players.   Of course, due to the 24 hour internet world we live in, the only names that have surfaced that could be in danger of not making the grade are King and Harmon. 

Nobody around the blogosphere seems too uptight about Harmon.  Why that is, I don’t know.  He may not have done much in his career, but he is a body on the offensive line, and that is something Georgia needs.

No, no.  The talk is about Caleb King.  The rumor mill was buzzing last week shortly after the announcement of Ealey’s departure.

Bernie gives a different view than what I have; I am am at the point I don’t care.

I want Caleb King to be academically eligible.  I want him to provide good depth at tailback.  I want him to be a good mentor to Isiah Crowell.  I want King to make nifty moves, catch passes coming out of the backfield, and do some great pass protecting.

But if he is not eligible, it means one thing:  he’s lazy.  I have to agree with Macondawg.  And if you are going to be lazy and not put forth the effort to be eligible, what makes you think  you are going to put forth the effor to help your team be elite in the SEC again?

The bottom line is this:  does having Caleb King on the roster take us from being 6-7 to winning a SEC Champioinship…or at least having a winning record?  I don’t think so.  Likewise, is he that important that not being on the roster means Georgia is going to have a repeat 6-7 season?  I don’t think so.   Like Coach Richt said in Macon…the tailbacks have been here for several years.  They have not done anything to step up and secure the playing time Washaun feels they (well, Washaun, at least) are entitled too.

I am sure that Coach Richt also has an idea about King’s status. Do you think he would gush over King so much in the Bulldog Club meeting in Greenville last week if he thought King would be ineligible?  I don’t think so.  Coach Richt is smart.  I don’t think he would say those things unless he knew that Caleb was in alright shape.  I think Caleb will lining up in the backfield come this fall (at least not on the opening drive vs. Boise State). 

But Caleb King is not going to be a difference maker on this team, and his presence or lack there of is not going to either send UGA to the top or keep us medicore.

To paraprhase a Lewis Grizzard book title, when our tailback returns to the backfield, will I care?


10 Responses to “So, Will Today Be The Day?”

  1. 1 jadams May 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Lazy is not bothering to use spell check. Personally, I hope King is E-L-I-G-I-B-L-E. We need him.

  2. 2 Corbindawg May 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Touche. I wasn’t entitled to free tutoring in my time at UGA, and unfurtunately Wurdpress dosn’t have spellcheck like Macrosoft Wurd does. Just trying to hammer out a kwik post. Thanks for catching my misteak. I will try and do better next time.

  3. 3 ScoutDawg May 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Summed up very nicely Sir.

  4. 5 Holmes Dawg May 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    There’s also this – what makes you think you are going to put forth the “effor” to help your team be elite in the SEC again?

  5. 6 Corbindawg May 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm


  6. 8 Ben Dukes May 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    “But Caleb King is not going to be a difference maker on this team, and his presence or lack there of is not going to either send UGA to the top or keep us medicore.”

    How exactly do you define “Difference Maker”?

    This is a very tough assessment, and I’d advise against these kinds of statements. It’s no secret that King has had his issues with injuries, but has been a pretty good back in his service. He’s rushed for 1200+ yards in an up-and-down career. In 2009, he showed himself to be very good as a receiver out of the backfield, snagging 10 passes for 108 yards and a score. If you care to roll your memory file back to another kid who’s made good at UGA, Musa Smith had an up-and-down injury filled career, but as a Junior in 2002, he was able to stay healthy, get the carries, and roll for 1324 yards(the third-highest Richt era total behind Moreno in ’07 and ’08).

    I’m not saying I EXPECT it out of King, but I won’t rule it out either. I think Crowell will get his chances, but I have a feeling that if King stays healthy, he’ll get at the very least a 50-50 share, if not the majority. ‘

    Who was the bigger difference maker in 2005 – Thomas Brown or Brannan Sutherland?

    • 9 Corbindawg May 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      We won’t look at 2008, becuase he was a back up to Knowshon.

      In 2009, he did have 10 receptions for 108 yards. But in 2010, he had 2 receptions for 8 yards. A pretty big drop off. In 2010 he only had 2 TDs all season…none in SEC play. The TDs were against Louisiana Lafayette and Idaho State.

      In the past two seasons, again taking 2008 out, King has missed 8 total games. 8/24 games. So he has missed 1/3 of the games the last two season either due to injury or suspension. Some is beyond his control, yes. But that doesn’t erase that he is an undependable player. Can he turn it around? Sure. Will he, I doubt it.

      If King gets anywhere near 1000 yards next season, it would nearly have to combine his whole career yards to achieve that. If he does that, I will eat my hat.

      You can’t define “difference maker” with stats alone…you know it when you see it. And there have been more examples than not in King’s career that show we won’t see it.

      Like I said, I think he makes it. I think UGA would be better with him than with without him. But if he isn’t here, it won’t be the end of the world.

  7. 10 ScoutDawg May 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    You have to think if CK clears “waivers” today, he is highly motivated. He knows he is going to get an NFL “audition”, despite however many carries IC”e” gets. Let me be the first to add this to the lexicon.

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