May 26, 2006

Dawgs still seeking balance at tailback

Last year, Georgia had a problem that a number of college football teams wouldn't mind having when they were forced divide up the carries between their three running backs, Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware. During a recent Bulldog Club meeting, Georgia head coach Mark Richt defended the three-player rotation and said that it will continue this fall.


"If you just run one guy and keep pounding that guy, over the course of the season he's probably going to get hurt and he may not be as effective," Richt said. "So we try to get guys in as much of a rotation as we can."


Last year, Lumpkin, Brown and Ware split 314 carries between themselves with Brown getting the most in carrying the ball 147 times to the 101 of Ware and 66 Lumpkin. All three averaged similar yard per carry numbers near the five-yard per attempt mark. Brown, who was the No. 1 tailback for much of year, benefited from carrying the ball more, averaging 61.3 yards a game to the 37.8 of Ware and 25.8 of Lumpkin.

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