August 4, 2009

King says he feels no pressure to replace Moreno

Caleb King says he's not feeling any pressure to replace Knowshon Moreno in the Georgia backfield.

"There's no pressure," King shrugged during his first interview with reporters since April's G-Day game. "I've been going out playing football since I was five. I'm just out there having fun."

King certainly did appear to be a picture of relaxation.

As one of five scholarship running backs vying for playing time this fall, King toed the company line when asked about the impending battle to determine the pecking order in the Bulldog backfield.

Determined not to make waves, he simply wants to fit in.

"Everybody wants to play, but Coach (Mark) Richt is going to put every running back in the right position," he said. "It's all about the W at the end. Whatever we have to do to get the win is all I'm worried about."

Still, the battle for playing time in the Bulldog backfield will certainly be one of the preseason's more intriguing storylines.

Along with Richard Samuel, Carlton Thomas, Dontavius Jackson and Washaun Ealey, the five scholarship backs will each get their chances to impress offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who along with running backs coach Bryan McClendon, will determine what route the Bulldogs will go.

"The bottom line is we're going to go with the guys we feel more comfortable with running the offense, who will give us the best chance to win," Bobo said. "Can I answer that question now? Yeah, I'd like to have Knowshon and Herschel Walker but we've got to make the best of our situation. I feel we can be successful with the players we have."
Bobo pointed to LSU, which won its most recent National Championships playing multiple running backs throughout the course of the year.

Tuesday, King, Thomas and Samuel were seen taking reps with the first team with Jackson and Ealey reps with the second.

"Right now we're repping four guys because we're still installing things and we want guys to get an equal share of the reps but after the first scrimmage we'll probably whittle it down some," Bobo said. "Four is a lot, three is manageable. Over four it's tough to give them quality reps, so you've got to make a decision who you think are going to be playmakers. You've got to ask yourself 'Can you afford to rep four and what kind of stuff will you be doing.' Four is tough, but if they're that good you've got to find different ways to get them on the field."

Head coach Richt echoed Bobo's statement.

"We are right at the point where we are going to find out who is the best back if there is such a thing. We might have a situation where two or three are the best back. I doubt one man will get every carry. More than likely it will be by committee," he said. "Sometimes it takes a game to really separate a guy from the others. Sometimes it's hard to tell because we don't scrimmage every day. Even when we do scrimmage it's not a game. Some guys get lathered up by the second and third quarter. It's going to be hard to tell."

Whichever route the Bulldogs go, King believes Georgia's running game will be in good hands.

A redshirt sophomore, King finished as the Bulldogs' second-leading rusher with 278 yards on 61 carries followed by Samuel with 137 yards on 26 attempts.

Thomas, meanwhile, impressed coaches with during bowl practice and carried that effort over to the spring.

"We all bring something different to the table," King said. "I don't think anything's being given to me. We're all scholarship backs. Nothing's going to be given to any one of us."


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