Georgia‚Äôs updated depth chart has a surprise on it.
Walk-on Merritt Hall is 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 Georgia coach Mark 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.‚Äù
Richt called the 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 it. 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
Ken Malcome and Isaiah Crowell are listed co-No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback.
Richt said that the NCAA issue that kept Kolton 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 Houston is listed as the starting right tackle.