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Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 12:37 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Georgia's depth chart at running back is quickly becoming the Bermuda Triangle of college football. It feels like name after name is disappearing. First it was Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, both of whom are no longer a part of Georgia's football team, and now Carlton Thomas will be taking at least a game off.

A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Thomas has been suspended for at least one game this season.

The rising junior from Frostproof, Fla., violated team rules back in the spring, three persons familiar with the situation confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As per Georgia Athletic Association student-athlete policy, Thomas has to sit out 10 percent of scheduled games this season.

“If we have any announcements regarding suspensions, they’ll be made at the appropriate time,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said, declining further comment.

This all means that for Georgia's season opener, the Bulldogs now have three running backs available to play. Two of them -- Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome -- have never played a down of college football. Then there's Richard Samuel, who does have playing experience, but unfortunately it's all been at linebacker as the Bulldogs just moved him to running back last week.

For a lot of football teams, being so short at running back in the first game of the season wouldn't be that big of a deal because most teams start their seasons against FCS schools or maybe a Sun Belt foe. That's not the case at Georgia, because the Bulldogs will open the season against Boise State at the Georgia Dome.

Of course, that game is still more than a month away, and who knows how many more running backs Georgia will lose by then? 


Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:01 am

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Like all good Southerners know, never trust someone whose name ends with a vowel.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:51 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Boise still ain't going to beat the dawgs. Murray>Moore

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:08 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Boy, bad article....I some highlights of Samuel playing, er, linebacker:


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Chock up another BCS win for Boise.
Yep - that's what they said in 2005 when 10th ranked Boise came to Athens to play UGA.  They flew back home with a 48 13 loss.  (it was 48 -7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  38-0 before BSU scored for the first time).


Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:09 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Chock up another BCS win for Boise.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:05 pm

Do some research...

Richard Samuel was a running back his first 2 years at UGA and was the starter for 6 games in 2009.  He averaged 4.5 yards a carry in 2009. He has a total of 114 carries at RB for 529 yards. 

The article is completely incorrect about Richard Samuel.  He redshirted in 2010 (the year he switched to LB) and has yet to play a snap at UGA as a linebacker.  Every bit of his 22 games of experience has been at RB.

I don't mind when writers state opinions that are controversial or inflammatory.  But I can't stand it when a writer is too dang lazy to do the most basic fact check on statistics.  It took me 22 seconds to look up the above stats for Samuel.

Just sayin... 

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:26 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Richard Samuel may help us out with BSU. In recent history, BSU has had trouble with big RBs and RS could come in and dominate that game as a backup. Here's hoping for the best and for no more RB issues.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:42 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

Samuel has experience at running back during his freshman year.  Just saying.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:41 pm

Georgia suspends Carlton Thomas

I agree UGA is very thin at running back but your facts are not right. Richard Samuel played running back his freshman and sophmore year and then was moved in the spring practice going into his junior year to linebacker. He redshirted last year due to injuries. He has bulked up to play LB so we will have to see what happens as he starts practicing this summer. UGA needs Crowell to come in and grasp the system quickly.

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