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Still waiting on Georgia's King to blossom

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Nobody has ever doubted Caleb King's talent.

But given how it's gone for him at Georgia to this point, fans can't help but doubt if he has the durability, toughness and heart to be a big-time tailback in this league.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound speedster still has a lot to prove.

As somebody told me Thursday after Georgia coach Mark Richt announced that King was out for a week to 10 days with a strained hamstring, the growing fear among the Bulldog Nation is that King could be the next coming of Patrick Pass.

A prep All-American when he signed with Bulldogs in the 1990s, Pass was hurt his entire career at Georgia and never fulfilled his potential in college.

King still has time to shake that label. He's only a sophomore. But his biggest obstacle now might be Richard Samuel, who's closing in on locking down the starting tailback job. Carlton Thomas is also making a bid for extensive playing time in the backfield.

As the old saying goes, it's hard to make the club when you're sitting in the tub.