ATHENS - Richard Samuel moved back to tailback over the summer because in large part of the chance to play. Ironically, however, if he had stayed at inside linebacker he feels he would be starting there right now - and he has lost his starting spot at tailback to Isaiah Crowell.
The redshirt junior was the first-team tailback in Georgia's first two games, gaining 55 yards on 18 carries. But he was slowed by injuries, first to his left quad and then to his left heel.
Crowell, meantime, grabbed the first-team job and has flourished, gaining 264 rushing yards over the first three games.
So how does Samuel feel after watching all of this?
"I don't know how to explain that. It hasn't been bad or anything," he said. "I've put in some work to help the team. He's helped the team produce, so they want someone who's going to help produce."
While Samuel has gone from first to second team at tailback, the Bulldogs have had to resort to moving safety Shawn Williams to inside linebacker, after injuries to Christian Robinson and Alec Ogletree.
Samuel answered with a short "yes" when asked if he thought he would now be a starter on defense if he had stayed there. But he said he hasn't discussed moving back with the coaches.
"It has crossed my mind," he said. "But it's only been a thought of mine."
In the meantime Samuel just has to get back on the field, after missing the Coastal Carolina game with the heel injury. He said he probably could have played had it been an SEC game, and he was able to practice Monday.
"I feel I still have to show I can somehow contribute," Samuel said. "Either in pass (protection), or going out in the routes, or something that they say, 'We have to get this, we have to get Richard in (there) because we know he's gonna get the job done."