ATHENS — Washaun Ealey scored a record-setting amount of rushing touchdowns in high school — 133 to be exact.
Nine games into his collegiate career, the freshman tailback ran for his first score with the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in a 38-0 win over Tennessee Tech.
Ealey scored on Georgia’s first drive and again in the second quarter on a 44-yard breakout run.
“A few touchdowns, and I was looking for some more,” Ealey said. “It took me back to how I did in high school.”
Finishing with 90 yards on seven carries, Ealey averaged more than 12 yards per carry.
“It’s always fun being in the huddle with guys when you call the play that was their first collegiate touchdown,” quarterback Joe Cox said. “That first time memory is cool to be a part of.”
Ealey, who started the previous two games, came off the bench behind starter Caleb King on Saturday. Pass blocking was the reason Ealey was demoted, but he waited patiently to get his turn. On the sixth play of the game, the Emanuel County Institute product was back in. Two plays later, he was in the end zone.
“I’m a team player, so I’m going to do whatever I can do to help my team,” Ealey said. “I think Caleb starting really helped us, and he sparked us. The coaches put me in there, and the offensive line is blocking hard. I’ve been working hard, and I’ve got a lot of teammates around me giving me confidence and encouragement.”
As for pass blocking, Ealey says his technique is still a work in progress. He pointed out one block he completely missed but said he is improving.
“I’m not too happy with that,” he said. “They’ve had me blocking more at practice, and I’m trying to get better.”
Ealey is disappointed with his protection but smiled when informed of the team’s rushing statistics. Georgia ran for 304 yards, gaining almost 8 yards per rush. Head coach Mark Richt said he didn’t anticipate that level of success and figured the offense would be balanced.
“Coach came in and told us to run hard (Saturday) and put points on the board,” Ealey said. “We did that.”
With his first two touchdowns behind him, Ealey is ready to add to the list.
“It gives me a lot of confidence going into the Auburn game,” he said.