Georgia freshman Detric Bing-Dukes is sticking at fullback.
At least for this season, he said Tuesday evening.
He said coaches in recent days asked if the inside linebacker would move to fullback and he talked it over with his parents before deciding to make the move.
‚ÄúIf I can help the team, I‚Äôll do it,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúIt will probably be just for this year and then I‚Äôll move back to linebacker.‚Äù
The 6-foot, 230-pound Bing-Dukes moved from defense and practiced at fullback on Monday.
He said Georgia coaches needed him there because they were ‚Äúlow at that position.‚Äù He said he‚Äôs a ‚Äúquick learner,‚Äù and expects to grasp the offensive playbook fast.
The move came after starting fullback Merritt Hall was sidelined with an injury. Georgia hasn‚Äôt said the nature of
Hall‚Äôs injury, but the fact that Bing-Dukes is staying at fullback could be a sign that Hall may be out for a while.
‚ÄúI miss it a lot,‚Äù he said of linebacker. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs my position, but if I can help out the team then that‚Äôs all that matters.‚Äù
He said he may be able to see the faster at fullback than at inside linebacker, where Georgia has Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera. He said he‚Äôs already gotten first and second team work.
‚ÄúI feel like it‚Äôs a win-win situation,‚Äù he said.
Bing-Dukes said he played ‚Äúa couple of snaps a couple times‚Äù at fullback his senior year at Tucker High School.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called Bing-Dukes a ‚Äúthumper guy,‚Äù on national signing day.
Now he‚Äôll be doing his thumping at fullback.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve never been scared to hit,‚Äù Bing-Dukes said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm ready. I like it.‚Äù