MACON–Georgia put out a preseason depth chart today during its appearance at the Pigskin Preview gathering of state college football programs.
The biggest surprise is walk-on Merritt Hall listed as the first-team fullback. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound redshirt freshman from the Wesleyan School is listed ahead of Richard Samuel and Zander Ogletree.
‚ÄúMerritt had a great spring,‚Äù coach Marl Richt said. ‚ÄúHe learned what to do and he was striking people with a lot of enthusiasm. He would have earned the right to be the starter at the end of spring so we put it on the board that way.
Richt called fullback ‚Äúa very high-contact position. Guys got to be very tough to do that. Richard Samuel certainly has gotten some reps at fullback and a guy that could do. Of course we‚Äôve got Zander who has been playing the fullback position.‚Äù
Freshman Quayvon Hicks could make an immediate impact at fullback.
‚ÄúQuayvon, just the looks test, I don‚Äôt know if y‚Äôall have seen him play,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHe looks like a fullback. About a 255, 260-pounder. He‚Äôs really put togther. You can see it in his eyes he can‚Äôt wait to get after it. He‚Äôs got to learn what to do, but I‚Äôd love to see him learn what to do and get his hat in the ring.‚Äù
Georgia could choose to use different personnel groupings without a fullback, but Richt didn‚Äôt seem to favor that.
‚ÄúIf any given year those guys aren‚Äôt ready to really play the position the way it should be played then we‚Äôll try to find a way to line up without a fullback,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think that will be the case. I hope it‚Äôs not.‚Äù
Ken Malcome and Isaiah Crowell are listed co-No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback, butGeorgiacould potentially go four deep at the position with freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley.
Kolton Houston is listed as the starting right tackle.
Richt said that the NCAA issue that kept Houston out last season has ‚Äúnot been decided yet, but I‚Äôd still say I‚Äôm optimistic that he‚Äôll be able to play.‚Äù
Georgia football preseason depth chart
Incoming freshmen are not included. Offense SE Marlon Brown
LT Kenarious Gates
LG Dallas Lee
C David Andrews
RG Chris Burnette
RT Kolton Houston
QB Aaron Murray
FB Merritt Hall
TB Ken Malcolme Or Isaiah Crowell
FLK Tavarres King
TE Arthur Lynch
DE Abry Jones
N John Jenkins
DE Cornelius Washington
OLB Chase Vasser
OLB Jarvis Jones
ILB Mike Gilliard
ILB Alec Ogletree
CB Sanders Commings
CB Branden Smith
SS Shawn Williams
FS Bacarri Rambo
P Adam Erickson
PK Jamie Lindley
¬†SN Ty Frix
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