July 14, 2011

Samuel makes the move

Whatever it takes to help the team - those were the words of Richard Samuel who Georgia announced would move back to running back from linebacker where he had been practicing for over a year.

"I'm excited about the opportunity at tailback," Samuel said in a statement. "I'm ready to do anything that will help the team win."

Samuel's move to tailback was deemed necessary after Caleb King was ruled academically ineligible. King will make himself available for the NFL's Supplemental Draft.

Samuel is expected to meet with beat reporters Friday morning.

In two seasons at tailback, Samuel made six starts (all in 2009) with 114 rushes for 528 yards and three touchdowns.

Injuries forced a redshirt last fall after moving to linebacker shortly after the conclusion of the 2009 campaign.

"After discussions with Richard, his family, and our coaches I'm excited that Richard wants to make the move," said Richt in a statement.. "He's one of our fastest and most powerful players, is very mature, has a strong character and is a man we can count on. I'm proud of him for always putting the team first and I look forward to seeing what he can do."

Samuel was listed as the top backup to Alec Ogletree at the conclusion of spring practice.

With Samuel no longer in the picture, it possibly opens the door for one of Georgia's incoming freshmen - Amarlo Herrera, Ramik Wilson or Kent Turene - to earn early playing time.

Turene is not currently on campus but told UGASports late last week that he is qualified and will be in Athens "soon."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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