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UGA's running game picking up steam.


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After struggling all year to find a consistent running attack, it appears that Georgia is making considerable gains.

Since cracking the century mark in rushing just twice in their first six games, the Bulldogs have posed four straight of at least 125, capped off by last week's 169-yard effort against Auburn.

Head coach Mark Richt credits two factors for that transformation.

First, is the installation of Josh Davis into the starting lineup at right tackle, which allowed Clint Boling to move to left tackle and Cordy Glenn back to his normal position at left guard.

"I think when we made the change in the line up front it really helped," Richt said during Tuesday's press conference at Stegeman Coliseum. "We wanted Cordy at guard all year long. Cordy is a tremendous power guard, but we had to move him outside because Josh was still not healthy. Therefore, once Josh came through we just decided to get him out there and see what he can do. Everything just clicked better. That group as a whole has just played better, they've come together and missed very few assignments."

The maturation of Washaun Ealey and Caleb King has also been a significant reason why.

Ealey exploded for 98 yards on 18 carries against Auburn, while King started the second game of his career, scored twice, and picked up 68 yards on the ground.

"They look like the Georgia of old to me," Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. "They're running the ball extremely well."

Ealey has actually led the Bulldogs in rushing for four straight weeks, causing many to wonder why the freshman had still not cracked the starting lineup.

According to Richt, it was strictly a matter of pass protection.

"(Washaun) is improving. I'm not trying to beat him down in any way, but when I'm asked how things are going, I want to be honest, but I can say he has progressed in that area," Richt said. "A lot of guys think they're running specialists and pass pro is not quite as important, but here it is and he has gotten better."

So has King.

King, who was benched five games after missing a key block in the 2008 game against Florida, has picked up that aspect of his game. In fact, if not for his block during Joe Cox's 50-yard touchdown pass to Israel Troupe, Richt said the score would not have taken place.

"Caleb gave a beautiful block that set up the opportunity for Joe to have that pump fake and time to throw the ball," Richt said. "If Caleb doesn't get that block, we don't score and we don't win the game. That's how crucial it is."

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I will never understand why coaches move OL players around when another starter is not there. I feel like it just weakens the OL more b/c of the fact that you move a player that is strong at one position to one he is not at. Now you have a backup starting and a starter playing out of position. Why not leave everyone where they are strongest at and try others to fill the gap until the starter is back. You could also use a TE or RB to help block through out the game.

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I will never understand why coaches move OL players around when another starter is not there. I feel like it just weakens the OL more b/c of the fact that you move a player that is strong at one position to one he is not at. Now you have a backup starting and a starter playing out of position. Why not leave everyone where they are strongest at and try others to fill the gap until the starter is back. You could also use a TE or RB to help block through out the game.

If you feel the backup OG is stronger at his position than the backup OT is, and if the starting OG is felt to be better at OT than the backup OT, then I guess you make the move, but otherwise, I'm not sure either, especially if it isn't working week after week.

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Big reason why Joe looked better in the passing attack, even with AJ out of the lineup.

that's true for any qb.. people forget this is his first year starting and it's very hard for a new starting qb even a 5th year senior to be able to be effective without a start running game.. the running game has been huge for us and will be for the rest of the year.. we need it especially with aj out.

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