Friday, August 14, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 22 Days (#22 Richard Samuel)

#22 Richard Samuel, RB
6-2, 218, Cartersville GA (Cass HS), Soph.

Samuel was one of the more heralded recruits of the 2008 signing class, even though he committed to the Dawgs prior to his senior season at Cass, choosing the Dawgs over Tennessee, Clemson and Florida. Rivals ranked him as the #2 athlete in America (5 stars.) There was some question of which side of the ball he'd play (he was an outstanding linebacker in high school), but he was too good for the offensive coaches to pass up. He had his moments at running back as a freshman, although his numbers ended up being fairly unimpressive. He also was the primary kickoff returner in the 2nd half of the season. He tore ligaments in his wrist in the Capital One Bowl, and had surgery in January. That kept him out of spring drills, but he's full speed for the fall (and then some.)

Depth Chart Analysis: Samuel has been mighty impressive in fall camp, taking advantage of Caleb King's injury issues to establish himself as the #1 tailback at this point in August. He looks like he has become more of a home run back during scrimmages, running for long touchdowns on multiple occasions. Of course, with his size, he can also be a workhorse between the package. In short, he's got all the tools that you'd want in your tailback. He's probably going to relinquish kickoff return duties, at least to start the year, but he might have worked himself into taking the load as the feature tailback for the Dawgs in Stillwater. Based on what I've heard so far, I have a feeling that this young man is going to have a large season for UGA. The Dawgs will need him to perform at that level in order to make this a special season. A 25 carry per game running back could be the difference for this offense.

Other famous #22s in UGA history: DB Dick Conn

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