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Updated: Georgia running backs suspended for reportedly failing drug test

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As if Georgia needed any more issues at the running back spot, there’s a new development that will severely deplete the Bulldogs’ depth at that very position.

According to an official school release, running backs Carlton Thomas, freshman Isaiah Crowell (pictured), and Ken Malcome have all been suspended for this Saturday’s game against New Mexico State for violation of team rules.

“We have certain standards in all that we do and their actions do not reflect the Georgia way,” said coach Mark Richt. “They will serve their suspensions, learn a lesson and I’m sure be better men for it.”

But a source has told Radi Nabulsi of Dawgnation that the suspensions were a result of a failed drug test.

“The three players were disciplined for failing a drug test that was administered last week before Georgia’s 24-20 victory over Southeastern Conference archrival Florida in Jacksonville.

“The source had no knowledge of when the test results were known.”

The suspensions absolutely crush Georgia’s backfield depth, even if it is against the Aggies of NMSU. Richard Samuel has already been ruled out for the game after hurting his ankle in the win against Florida last weekend. Samuel was moved back to running back from linebacker earlier this year because of depth issues at the position.

Thomas was previously suspended for UGA’s season-opener against Boise State for violation of team rules.

Running back depth for UGA has been an issue ever since the team lost Washaun Ealey and Caleb King before the start of the season. Ealey transferred and King was ruled academically ineligible.

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15 Responses to “Updated: Georgia running backs suspended for reportedly failing drug test”
  1. bayeres says: Nov 1, 2011 3:29 PM

    Luckily that one game is vs New Mexico St.

    Missing from the reporting is the infractions probably occurred before the Florida game but suspending them for that game would be crazy.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:31 PM

    Takes a lot of guts for a “hot seat” coach to step up and do the right thing.

  3. gamustangdude says: Nov 1, 2011 3:37 PM

    Neither of the above running backs had that big of an impact in the outcome of the game. Richt has no problem holding his players accountable and has suspended players in big time games. He took our number 1 Saftey out of the Boise State game. Not saying it would’ve matter much if he was playing, just saying the Richt doesn’t have a problem with sidelining players who don’t follow the rulles, that’s all.

  4. dee6634 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:02 PM

    It doesn’t take any guts to suspend them for New Mexico State.

    It would have been honorable to suspend them for the Florida game – the week the drug tests were administered.

    On top of that, the press release was distributed 30 minutes after the weekly press conference

    Mark Richt has sold out. That’s too bad.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    It’s just NMS, they shouldn’t need them for that game.

  6. dg0122 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:36 PM

    doing the right thing at the ‘right’ time

  7. buckeye044 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:37 PM

    I wonder when they actually violated the team rules.

  8. mikey1977 says: Nov 1, 2011 5:01 PM

    Exactly….UGA could put their backup center in at running back and beat New Mexico…no guts required there

  9. gatorguy1 says: Nov 1, 2011 6:07 PM

    So they failed a drug test before the Florida game and he kept it quiet until after it was over and suspended them for the game vs New Mexico State…. real gutsy there Richt.

  10. cowartsh says: Nov 1, 2011 6:53 PM

    The article says that the test was administered before the game and it doesn’t say when the results were available. Do any of you commenting have info as to when richt was aware of the results. No u dont so STFU

  11. honeybadger17 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:35 PM

    cowartsh is right. In my work we do constant drug testing on clientele and it takes about a week to have tests sent out and have results returned

  12. westgadawg says: Nov 1, 2011 8:12 PM

    Not saying he is right or wrong because I by no means have any information to make a fair decision, but, sometimes as a coach you have to make decisions based on the effects it will have on the entire team. It doesn’t seem fair to all the players who have worked hard and done the right thing to drastically reduce their chances of beating Florida and winning the East by going into the game with only 1 scholarship tailback (Samuel).

  13. drummerhoff says: Nov 1, 2011 9:40 PM

    pot or steroids? or was it something really bad?

  14. lucky5934 says: Nov 2, 2011 4:46 AM

    Definitely pot…. Steroids would cause them to miss a second game against another meaningless “little sisters of the poor” opponent at the convenience of the UGA schedule.

  15. mitchrog says: Nov 2, 2011 9:18 AM

    Amongst all the insults or praise for Richt, I don’t see the answer to the one question I have: Who is going to run the durn ball? I mean, obviously we will be throwing the ball alot, but who is going to take the handoff and run it three times in a row right up the middle for Bozo? uhhh… I meant Bobo? and yes the irony of insulting Bobo is not lost on me

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