UGA's Richard Samuel To Return to Tailback

ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia junior linebacker Richard Samuel of Cartersville will return to the tailback position according to an announcement Thursday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

Samuel, who played tailback as a freshman and sophomore, had been moved to linebacker a year ago but injuries led to a redshirt season in 2010.

"After discussions with Richard, his family, and our coaches I¹I'm excited that Richard wants to make the move," said Richt. "He's one of our fastest and most powerful players, is very mature, has a strong character and is a man we can count on. I¹I'm proud of him for always putting the team first and I look forward to seeing what he can do."

"I'm excited about the opportunity at tailback,² said Samuel. "I'm ready to do anything that will help the team win."

In his two seasons at tailback (2008-09), Samuel played in 22 games including six starts (all in 2009). He carried 114 times for 528 yards and three touchdowns.