Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Carlton Thomas OUT at UGA
At the start of UGA's first spring practice of 2012, Mark Richt announced to media that Carlton Thomas has opted to transfer. In a statement by Thomas, he made it known that his decision was because "I know this is going to be my final year. I want to be somewhere where I can make impact".
Carlton Thomas was suspended for "violation of team rules" prior to the season opener in the Georgia Dome against Boise State last season, and once again later in the year when a slew of UGA running backs failed a random drug test, resulting in the suspension of all of them for the New Mexico State game.
You are entitled to your opinion on the departure of Carlton, but I strongly feel he was given the "Washaun Ealey treatment" and escorted to, and pushed out of the door. However, Mark Richt being Mark Richt, I am sure he will have the help and support of UGA in finding a new place to call "dorm sweet dorm".
As far as the impact at the running back position in Athens, I feel this helps it. There were simply too many heads on the roster to get an adequate amount of reps for each. With the arrival of Keith Marshall already on campus, Todd Gurley coming in a few months, and Derick Henry (the potential #1 overall running back in the nation in the class of 2013) already committed to UGA, added to experienced Isaiah Crowell, Richard Samuel, Ken Malcolm, and Brandon Harton, there is NO hurt in the backfield due to this move.
Best of luck Carlton. I sincerely hope you find your place, and get that degree!!