Technically, the battle to become Georgia's starting running back gets underway Thursday when the Bulldogs hold their first day of spring drills.
However, according to Washaun Ealey, he and Caleb King have already gotten the competition underway.
Actually, that shouldn't come as a surprise.
The way Ealey puts it, competing is nothing new for he and King, who try to one-up the other from everything to lifting weights to video games.
"It's a friendly rivalry. We try to outdo each other with everything we do. Whether it's playing basketball or playing video games," Ealey said. "We always like to kid around with stuff like that - try to see who is the best."
However it turns out, when the Bulldogs kick off spring drills, Georgia will be in an enviable position as a team with two running backs capable of shouldering major offensive load.
That's especially good news in regards to the Bulldogs, who will be breaking in a new quarterback this fall.
When asked about impending competition, Ealey simply shrugged.
"We're just working hard and whoever is better when the time comes, that's who is going to start," said Ealey, who when the preseason began last August, was no better than fifth on the Bulldogs' depth chart.
But as the weeks went by, that began to change and by the time Georgia had dispatched Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl, Ealey was the Bulldogs' leading rusher, finishing with 112 carries for 639 yards and three touchdowns.
King, meanwhile, rushed 98 times for 534 and five scores; which begs the question; Could Georgia actually have two, 1,000-yard rushers in 2010?
Ealey admits the two have mentioned the possibility, but ultimately that's not the sort of goal they usually discuss.
"I feel more comfortable, more confident in the offense just because I know it a lot better," Ealey said. "But when we talk, we talk about all the yards we left on the field last year. If we get over 1,000 yards that would be great; but we want to win a national championship."
Either way, Ealey knows that coaches will be relying heavily on he and King to carry the Bulldogs' running game while whoever wins the quarterback role gets comfortable with the starting role.
"Your great teams are always able to run the ball; teams that win national championship are able to run the ball," Ealey said. "We know we're going to have to be a major part of the team."
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