Washaun Ealey: The Mystique of No. 24

Brennen SCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2009

The University of Georgia’s freshman running back Washaun Ealey recently decided to wear the No. 24. It is the number left behind by Georgia’s star running back Knowshon Moreno.

While a number is only number, I believe that (just like Herschel Walker did with the No. 34) Knowshon Moreno created an aura of respect surrounding the No. 24.

So the question is: Can Washaun Ealey live up to the number on his jersey? ESPN.com seems to think so.

Moreno and Ealey were both highly touted four-star recruits. ESPN gave Knowshon a grade of 81, while they gave Washaun a grade of 82.

ESPN described Moreno as a quick, finesse back, and that is definitely the type of play he brought to the field as a collegiate athlete.

Washaun, on the other hand, is described as, “an explosive downhill runner with excellent in-line body tilt and balance,” and a back who, “has excellent upper and lower-body strength." In other words, a power back.

Despite many similarities (including the fact that their names sound the same), Moreno and Ealey are two different backs with two different styles. This of course is nothing to worry about because Ealey has the potential to have as much impact as Moreno did.

It will be exciting to see what Washaun can do as a running back for Georgia. He has all the tools to be a great player, but will he be able to live up to the mystique of No. 24?

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