You want to know what’s missing from Georgia’s football program right now? It’s all in two comments, the first from Washaun Ealey…
“I feel like I got a lot more to prove,” Ealey said Wednesday. “I’ve got to earn the trust of my teammates, along with my coaches. I know that my team, they really need me this game, because I’m probably the only running back, besides Ken Malcome. Carlton Thomas is coming back this week. But I’ll probably be getting the majority of the reps.”
Ealey was asked if by earning the trust of his teammates and coaches, he meant his fumbling issues.
“Definitely,” Ealey said. “The fumbles, I’m pretty sure I lost the trust of most guys on the team. Hopefully I can go out there and gain their trust back this week.”
… and the second from Trey Thompkins:
… Thompkins, who was sharing the interview room with Georgia football players Tuesday, provided another hint of what is about to unfold.
He gestured toward the football Dogs and said, “They’re going to be coming to our games now” as if to say basketball was going to be the spectacle on campus for a few months, not football.
I love that “They’re going to be coming to our games now” statement – it’s not cocky, but hungry. It’s Thompkins saying that he thinks his team is going to excel and he can’t wait to get out there and prove it. And you know what? You can’t help but buy into his attitude.
We used to hear stuff like that from Richt early on. When he spoke of “lifting the lid” off of the program back in 2002, you knew his team could do it. Now we get key players talking about having to earn back trust.