Saturday, July 9, 2011

Guess Who Just Became More Valuable?

In the wake of the news about Caleb King's eligibility (or lack thereof), the first reaction is to think that Isaiah Crowell has now become the most important member of the RB rotation.  And there is no denying how much of the burden he and Malcome will have to carry now if we're going to have any success.  However, the more I thought about it, the most important guy may slightly resemble this:

That's right, I'm referring to Carlton Thomas, who PWD over at Georgia Sports Blog dubbed a Keebler Elf after the SC game last year.  Speaking of PWD, he was quite clairvoyant regarding Caleb King 2 months ago when Ealey departed:

"Where to now?  Mark Richt is all in with Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome because there's no guarantee that Caleb King won't do something galactically stupid before Game 13."
Well played, PWD.  That's why you are the Godfather of UGA bloggers.

Anyway, back to my original point, which was the importance of Carlton Thomas now that King is gone.  CT's lack of size and ability are well chronicled, but so too are his work ethic and understanding of the offense.  You ever hear the expression "Those who can't do, teach"?  The biggest complaint I've heard about losing King is how everyone was hoping that King could take Crowell under his wing and teach him the blocking, schemes, etc to speed up IC's learning curve.  If that was going to be King's biggest contribution this year, there is no reason that Thomas should not be able to step into that role.  This is CT's 4th year in the program, and he works as hard as anyone, so I have a hard time believing that he doesn't know everything as well or better than King did.   He has also seemed to always have a team-first mentality, so he should be eager to impart that knowledge to the young guys.

Granted, if injuries become an issue, the loss of King is a huge hit from a depth standpoint.  I'm not trying to say that losing King is a non-issue, just that hopefully it won't be as big of an issue as it first seems.  While CT is not a guy who will help the team by carrying the ball 25 times a game, he can sure help the team by assisting in developing the guys who can.  And that would be just as important.


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