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Run game gets Samuel back

ATHENS, Ga. -- Richard Samuel would have had the best excuse among Georgia's running backs if he added to the group's reputation for knuckleheaded behavior, yet he stands as the exception to the trend.

Samuel completed high school early and enrolled at Georgia in 2008 as a 16-year-old, yet his name has never been in the headlines for bad behavior like the six Bulldogs tailbacks who have been arrested or suspended in the last two years.

The questions about the redshirt junior have never concerned character or aptitude so much as durability. Samuel, who just earned his bachelor's degree from UGA this month, has survived two position changes -- he came back to running back this year after spending the 2010 season as a scout team linebacker while recovering from injury -- but his health issues often made him an afterthought in his coaches' plans.