Tailback isn’t the only position in the Georgia backfield worth watching this week.
While Todd Gurley’s status for Saturday’s game at Tennessee due to a sprained ankle will be a big storyline all week, fullback also has some intrigue.
Georgia coach Mark Richt calls it “a good healthy competition,” between Quayvon Hicks and Merritt Hall at fullback.
Hicks emerged early in the season as another weapon in the Georgia offense with 38 rushing yards and a touchdown and a 38-yard catch against Clemson and had a 23-yard catch against South Carolina. His role was reduced for the LSU game after what coaches viewed as a poor showing against North Texas.
“The game didn’t come out at all how I liked it,” Hicks said of North Texas. “Fundamentals fell off. That was all on me. I’m going to keep practicing hard and keep doing what I’ve got to do and just whenever opportunities call for me to be in there and make a play, I’m going to be there.”
Merritt Hall, a former walk-on, has earned more playing time the past two games.
“The game plan goes as coach (Mike) Bobo calls it,” Hicks said of the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator. “It may seem that I didn’t play but I feel like I played my part and that was special teams and I got a couple of snaps on offense. They’re going to win or lose without you. Week-by-week you’re going to have your role and that was my role this week.”
Hall was a starter last season but was bothered by a turf toe injury this spring.
“I think it’s very good for our fullback position to be splitting time,” Richt said. “It’s a very physical spot, a lot of heavy contact at the fullback position. I think it’s good to have more than one. We think the world of both of them. …It’s not like we’re putting a rookie in behind him. We’re putting in a veteran player (Hall) and he’s a guy we’ve been able to count on in the past.”
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