April 12, 2006

Dawgs ground game deep with talent

To some, the play of walk-on running back Jason Johnson during G-Day to wrap up spring practice came as a shock when he led all rushers with 97 yards on the ground. Not surprising was the distribution of carries between Georgia's three tailbacks, Kregg Lumpkin, Thomas Brown and Danny Ware that greatly resembled the Dawgs' ground attack from a year ago.

With new running backs coach Tony Ball at the helm, Georgia raced into spring practice with the residue of getting good mileage a year ago out of its tailback by committee system that used Brown, Lumpkin and Ware. Judging by the splitting of carries during G-Day and the play of the tailbacks during spring practice, that rotation will continue this fall.

How much that rotation is balanced, however, is still up in the air. Brown's still the No. 1 tailback, but Lumpkin got 8 of the combined 15 carries between the three tailbacks on G-Day against the No. 1 defense as each of them were a part of the Red team. Lumpkin had more yards than any of the three, gaining 44 with Brown and Ware virtually splitting the rest of the work, getting 4 and 3 carries respectively. The key difference between the two was the amount of yards gained. While Brown rushed for 25, Ware mounted just 6.

Ware actually finished with 26 more yards, but those came with six carries against the No. 2 defense as Ware played for both the Red and Black teams.

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