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Monday, July 18, 2011

And yet another hit to the backfield: Thomas suspended

Remember how the departures of Washaun Ealey and Caleb King left Carlton Thomas as the only veteran in the Georgia backfield? Well ...

As it turns out, Thomas is suspended for at least the opener against Boise State, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The report cites three anonymous sources, saying Thomas violated team rules in the spring.

Head coach Mark Richt and the team have yet to confirm the suspension. Team spokesman Claude Felton said he didn't anticipate any announcements Monday about player disciplinary actions, adding: "Discipline announcements in any sport will be made by
the head coach at the appropriate time."

If true, it's another signal as to the team's thinking in moving Richard Samuel back to tailback. The 5-foot-7 Thomas may not have been seen as a legitimate threat to start over Isaiah Crowell or Ken Malcome, but he at least provided a veteran presence.

We'll update this space when there's confirmation and/or further news.


Vic Webb said...

Holy Gator Nuts!!

jtpruett said...

I don't think that this really hurts the Dawgs. I don't think that Thomas was not going to be on the field much anyway. Of course, I say this using common sense, which the Dawgs have lacked over the past few years, so this COULD end up being a blessing in disguise. Why? Because it might prevent Bobo or Richt from putting Thomas on the field in front of superior talent (which has happened a lot during the Richt years, to the detriment of the team).