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Dawgs down another RB for at least one game

Carlton Thomas, Nate Campbell AP

Since landing one of the top running backs in the country on signing day this past February, Georgia has seen two of their leading rushers the past two years leave the program due to academics and an outright transfer.

In fact, depth is such an issue that the Bulldogs decided to move Richard Samuel back to running back after moving him to linebacker last year.  Unfortunately for the UGA coaching staff, however, the attrition at the position has reportedly continued Monday.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and citing three sources familiar with the situation, UGA has suspended RB Carlton Thomas for at least the season opener against Boise State.  The paper reports that the suspension stems from a violation of unspecified team rules back in the spring.

The reason for the “at least” description on the suspension is because, per school policy, Thomas has to sit out 10 percent of UGA’s 12 games.  That means the suspension could be for two games if the school decides to round the number up, although the Journal-Constitution notes that similar situations recently have resulted in just a one-game suspension.

The school has yet to comment on the report, with UGA athletic director Greg McGarity telling the paper that “[i]f we have any announcements regarding suspensions, they’ll be made at the appropriate time.”

Thanks to the attrition at the position, Thomas is UGA’s leading returning rusher with 272 yards and two touchdowns last season.  Thomas, a three-star member of UGA’s 2008 recruiting class,  played in 15 games the past two seasons, and will be a redshirt junior in 2011.

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18 Responses to “Dawgs down another RB for at least one game”
  1. travisfkingstephens says: Jul 18, 2011 1:00 PM

    Better hope that line can give the young qb a couple seconds to get the ball out…could be a long season for the dogs.

  2. lakesidegator says: Jul 18, 2011 1:47 PM

    “…a long season for the dogs.”
    Sounds great.

  3. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    Boise State will beat the Bulldogs by two scores easily…Georgia will be just another notch in the belt the broncos wear and be the latest ‘big boy’ to fall to the most rapidly successful team in college football over the past decade.

  4. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 3:54 PM

    Yeah, Boise, we hear you. This Tide fan will be barking for the Bulldogs on opening day. Do they have to play on that hideous blue field?

  5. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 4:08 PM

    No Deb, they play in the Georgia Dome where Matty Melt and the Falcants play…should be a great game but I give the edge to the Broncos and if history is any indication…BSU always rises to these occasions. Referencing their previous meeting is pointless as this BSU team has come a long, long way since 2005.

  6. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 4:25 PM

    Wasn’t going to reference their previous meeting. That would be silly. I’ll give Boise all the respect in the world … when they earn it :) They’re one reason I advocate for playoffs. Any team that can run the table deserves to be at the top.

    Wouldn’t underestimate those Falcons, btw. Good team, improved in the draft. And Ryan’s better than most. Who’s your pro team?

  7. cowartsh says: Jul 18, 2011 4:37 PM

    please come back to the board after your team gets beat. Georgia is more talented at almost every position

  8. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 4:47 PM

    Cowartsh, you don’t really believe that do you? Deb, my pro team plays in New Orleans…WHO DAT!!

  9. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 5:09 PM

    Here’s a little preview for ya Cowartsh…now tell me BSU won’t show up!

  10. secgreatness says: Jul 18, 2011 5:14 PM


    Anyone can win one game that they have plenty of weeks sometimes months to plan for. What has always been Boise states problem is not that they can’t beat top tier teams, it’s that they can’t do it on a consistent basis (in the same season, back to back games, you get the point). Why can’t they do it? Because they have never proven that they can.

    Boise State is playing a different animal. They are playing an underrated SEC team at home. (In this case we’ll call Georgia Dome home) Boise State is the Favorite, though I don’t see why, however regardless they are. UGA has a better overall Defense, Special Teams, and O-line. The current Boise State players have NEVER faced any SEC team or anything close. Yes UGA did struggle last year, throw in all the Colorado and UCF jokes you want. (I’ll save the Nevada Card for a later date)

    Boise will get exposed for who they are, which is nothing more than Analytic Hype. Trust me I can’t wait for the post match comments on this game. (Almost as much as after the USC game.)

  11. secgreatness says: Jul 18, 2011 5:16 PM

    Oh and BTW…
    Atlanta, Arizona, Clevelans, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and Seattle DAT!!!

  12. secgreatness says: Jul 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    One More thing,

    I know Different Teams, Players, and Coaches However, remember 2005?

  13. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 5:27 PM

    Not anyone can get up, play and win a game they have plenty of weaks to prepare for…didn’t VT have plenty of weaks as well? Your argument is weak…BSU thrives on this kind of game, just wait and see. I’ll be back here win or lose…but my guess is, BSU will add to their resume.

  14. secgreatness says: Jul 18, 2011 5:30 PM

    Speaking for most College Football Fans…What resume?

  15. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 7:17 PM

    @boisestatewhodat …

    Well, the “whodat” part of your name should have given me the Saints, but being a Steelers fan, I’m hearing “who dey” all the time from Bengals, so it all blends :) Yeah, Ryan is better than most teams’ QBs … but he’s not better than yours. Still, they’re stiff competition. You guys take good care of Mark Ingram. Love love love our #22. Heartwise, he’s worth 10 of Bush.

  16. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 7:18 PM

    @boisestatewhodat …

    You know we SEC fans stick together, right? It’s nothing personal … though I do hate the blue field 😉

  17. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 18, 2011 8:56 PM

    The Steelers are great and I love the organization…was pulling for them last year in the SB although I don’t dislike the Packers…I’m so psyched we got Ingram and trust me…he’s in good hands with Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis…we won’t have to surprise anyone anymore on 3rd and 2. Totally agree…he is worth 1000 of Bush although I hope we keep him.

    Although I’m from Louisiana, I don’t have any ties to LSU, even though I pull for em. Wasn’t much of an NCAA fan until I got stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho in early 2001. It was then that I heard about this scrappy team from Boise so I checked em out…so much fun to watch. This was long before the hype…but over the years I’ve become a real fan of them and there’s no denying their success and the way they play the game…there’s so much hate out there for them but in the end…they’re captivating! I’ve rambled enough…I’m out!


  18. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 10:08 PM

    boisestatewhodat, it’s nice to see someone who’s been on board since before they were hyped. Sorry, guess I’m one of the haters. It’s a strength-of-schedule thing. But they can win me over in time if they’re scrappy enough against enough teams.

    Thanks for rooting for my Steelers. I’m a Southern girl, but they’ve had my heart since I was a kid. I rooted for the Saints against the Colts and was thrilled when Payton took Ingram–knew he’d be in good hands. Yes … guess we should end this love-fest :)

    Go Steelers!
    Roll Tide!

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