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Ealey came into the 2010 season with expectations of 1,000-yard season. However, a suspension, two tough early fumbles, and some lasting effects from them held Ealey from getting off to the start we all expected. After a few games to get back into the rhythm of not focusing more on holding onto ball instead of running hard and hitting the holes, Ealey showed flashes of why he could be a great tailback in Athens.
Ealey’s sophomore season ended with him leading the team for the second straight year with 811 rushing yards and eleven touchdowns, five of which came in a record-breaking performance on the road against the Kentucky Wildcats. Not exactly mind-blowing numbers, but when you look closer into them, there is still a very good chance that Ealey can live up to everyone’s expectations.
In his career, Ealey has been given at least thirteen carries eleven times, and in those games, he’s at least been able to pick up 70 yards in ten of them, the only time he didn’t was the Liberty Bowl game against Central Florida. In his two career games with at least twenty carries, he has picked up 340 yards on 48 carries with six touchdowns.
When you look farther into it on a game by game basis, you look at games that he missed, or didn’t receive a great amount of carries in: zero against Louisiana-Lafayette(suspension), one against Colorado, six against Idaho State, and six against Auburn. You are looking at a guy that could have picked up 1,000 yards this past season, which most would consider a disappointment.
Also, despite what most people would think because of the fumbles, Washaun is very good with the game is close and he gets the ball. When both teams are within seven points of each other in 2010, Ealey averaged 5.6 yards per carry, and 5.5 on carries while games that were tied. Ealey has also showed that he gets better deeper in the season, when Georgia is playing their toughest competition. Ealey has a career 4.7 yards per carry average in October, and an outstanding 7.1 average in November. A faster start to his season would greatly help him, as he has been greatly successful later in the year in his first two seasons.
2011 Stats Prediction
175 carries, 945 yards, 10 touchdowns