Georgia Bulldogs Football: What's 2011 Going To Look Like after Ealey's Exit?

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIMay 14, 2011

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Washaun Ealey #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes upfield against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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We love going to the University of Georgia for a few reasons:

1) The co-eds
2) The town
3) The beautiful campus
4) Sanford Stadium and the hedges

And while the first three have nicely kept up with tradition, the action in the fourth was pretty awful last year, and not even the most Bulldog-loving, red-and-black-tinted-glasses wearing fan could say that Georgia was great last year.

"Hey, we made a Bowl this year," he could say. "Yeah, but you sucked in the bowl", would be the VFA's reply.

Georgia fans were so angry that they thought Mark Richt would lose his job at the end of the 2010 after the debacle at Colorado. The rumors were rife that Kirby Smart was going to take over the reigns in the 2012, and Richt would be looking for another job. Hot seat? Hot?! It's was bloody boiling! Apparently, Smart was offered the job but refused because he's too busy having a fun with the Devil known as Nick Saban.

Anyway, in the offseason, Richt saw his best defensive players, led by Justin Houston go to the NFL. It's funny, because Georgia's defensive woes were a 20-minute YouTube clip unto itself. But that doesn't mean things don't still need rebuilding.

This week, Richt obviously decided that Isaiah Crowell will be the answer at running back, because he came to a mutual decision to let troubled young RB Washaun Ealey (who is a tremendous young talent in the backfield) walk. In fact, the decision to let Ealey walk was by "mutual decision," and when you've been fired as much as the VFA has, the words "mutual decision" usually mean that you've been kicked out.

Which is hard, because over 1,500 yards in the last two years (including around 800 in 2010), is going to be difficult for a Georgia offense who's going to be missing AJ Green. What we can expect is Georgia to be using their tight ends more and more, so expect a lot of short passes from Aaron Murray to Orson Charles and Aron White. And a lot of field goals after three downs in the red zone!

I'm sure that there will be other schools (truth be told, I'd love to see him play with Silas Redd at Penn State!) who will be very, very interested in the kid.