Originally written on College Football Zealots  |  Last updated 11/15/14

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes the ball to running back Richard Samuel #22 during the second quarter of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Fresh off of it's victory over the rival Florida Gators this weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs got some bad news this week. Second leading rusher, Richard Samuel (240 yds and 1 TD), underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair ligament damage in his left ankle. Samuel's story has been well documented on this site and it's a shame that coming off of his biggest moment as a Bulldog that he has sustained a season-ending injury (depending on rehab Samuel might be able to play in any games the Dawgs play after the regular season).

To add to the RB depth chart woes came the news that three (yes, three) Georgia Running Backs were suspended for "violation of team rules" and will all serve a one-game suspension this week against New Mexico State. Speculation has been rampant that it was a failed drug test that is behind the suspension for these players. ESPN has gone as far as to quote a source that the suspensions are indeed drug related. Obviously, this is yet another black eye on what has been a tough couple of years for the University of Georgia in regards to the discipline of their football team. But in all honesty, we are dealing with 18-20 year old kids here and 18-20 years old do a lot of stupid things (think back to when you were this age and how many things you can't believe you did or took part in). How many 18-20 year old kids do you think have tried or use drugs "socially" or "recreationally". I think the percentage is probably a lot higher than you think. I'm not condoning the actions of these players as they should have thought about the repercussions before acting. What the Georgia football players need to realize is that they are under a microscope when they play for a University as large as Georgia and that they are held to a much higher standard than other people their age. Maybe the most surprising aspect of this is that LSU just got done suspending a few players for the same thing so you would have thought that this would have been a pretty large discussion point and that the players would have made a better decision. Much like the LSU issue (which has largely gone away) will be forgotten with time if these players keep their heads on straight from here on out.

One interesting thing that you can also look at is the inconsistencies of drug policies around college football. While a first failed test gets you suspended for 10% of games at Georgia, the only other SEC school you would get a mandatory suspension is Kentucky. Something does need to be done about this. This is something that should be be uniform across the NCAA whatever the penalty may be.

In terms of short term impact, Georgia is now without Isaiah Crowell (689 yds rushing, 4 TDs), Carlton Thomas (200 yds, 2 TD) and Ken Malcome (1 carry on the year). The biggest disappointment besides Crowell (who is a budding star) has to be Ken Malcome. He was touted as a pretty good recruit when he came to campus but has struggled to get on the field and has been stuck behind Crowell, Samuel, Thomas and Brandon Harten on the depth chart. This would have been a great shot for him to show what he could do in game action. Instead of turning to Ken "Boo" Malcome, the Dawgs will turn to 5'7" Brandon Harten as their starting RB this weekend against New Mexico State. Harten has 11 carries for 33 yards on the year. Mike Bobo says the back-up will be Kyle Karempelis, a walk-on I had not heard of before this happened. One interesting fact is that Karempelis rolled up over 5,700 yards and 93 TDs in his High School career. In addition to those two I expect FB Zander Ogletree to slide down and take some carries with big Bruce Figgins leading the way. If those three are unsuccessful then expect to see some defensive players like Branden Smith and Nick Marshall take some snaps at RB (Smith will probably get some P/T at RB regardless of the success of the other players).

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

Furniture store will refund purchases if OSU wins title

What each NFC team in the hunt should ask for from Santa

Is SI ashamed to mention Jameis Winston on its cover?

Kobe Bryant disappointed Lakers didn't get Rajon Rondo

WATCH: Kenny Smith pushes Shaq into a Christmas tree

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Peyton Manning plans to be back with Broncos next year

WATCH: Blazers announcer botches Damian Lillard call

WATCH: P.K. Subban disguises himself, surprises kids for Xmas

Baseball cards: a fan's love for the ultimate stocking stuffer

Packers game is a career defining moment for Stafford

A look inside Jason Grilli's contract with the Braves

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

10 Week 17 NFL matchups that will impact the playoffs

Bahamas Bowl ends on crazy Hail Mary

49ers OT Davis takes shot at coordinator

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Nick Mangold and dealing with feelings as a sports fan

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.