Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK; RBs Samuel, King 'Still Tied' in Race to Back Up Moreno

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK; RBs Samuel, King 'Still Tied' in Race to Back Up Moreno

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Byline: ROGER CLARKSON

ATHENS, Ga. - Preseason training camp has reached the halfway point and the race between Caleb King and Richard Samuel to be Knowshon Moreno's first backup looks like it's headed for a photo finish.

Although Samuel and King bring different strides to the track, neither has been able to create separation.

"They're still tied," running backs coach Tony Ball said. "They both bring something to the table. They have a little different dimension as athletes, but they're both still neck-and-neck."

King was held out of Friday's scrimmage with a tweaked hamstring. Mark Richt cut short the entire scrimmage because at least twenty players had been removed from contact drills.

"I would have enjoyed watching Caleb yesterday just to see what improvements he would have made from the first scrimmage," Ball said. "I was pleasantly surprised with how he protected [the ball] in the first scrimmage. The day before he tweaked a hamstring so it was a surprise to us all that he wasn't going to play in the scrimmage."

Samuel, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound first-year freshman has a powerful build and very good straightaway speed. King, a 5-11, 212-pound redshirt freshman, has quick feet and can dodge tacklers.

The backup halfback question is just one of Ball's ongoing projects. Georgia also needs to find solid depth behind fullback Shaun Chapas, a former Bolles School standout, at least until three-year starter Brannan Southerland returns from injury. Benjamin Boyd and Justin Fields switched to fullback from linebacker at the beginning of preseason workouts to provide relief.

"It's a work in progress," Ball said. "We've got some guys there - Justin Fields, Benjamin Boyd and Fred Munzenmaier. But it's a concern. We've got two guys in Benjamin and Fields who have never been there. They've got to grow up in a hurry. They've got to be on the fast track. They understand the importance of the fullback in our offense because we're one of the few teams in the country that uses a true fullback."

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