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Blog: With Chapas out for Liberty Bowl, Figgins gets fullback work

Starting fullback Shaun Chapas has played his last game for Georgia.

The senior is out for the Liberty Bowl after undergoing ankle surgery on Friday.

“He’s been a great leader for us,” coach Mark Richt said of the St. Augustine, Fla., product who was elected as the team’s overall captain. He started nine games this season and had two rushing and two receiving touchdowns.

Tight end Bruce Figgins is now getting work at fullback, a position that includes senior Fred Munzenmaier, freshman Zander Ogletree and walk-on Dustin Royston.

Richt said Figgins at fullback “isn’t a full-time change,” but it’s possible he would get a look at the position in 2011.

“We’ll see how this thing goes and see how he responds to it,” Richt said. “That’s a possibility.”

Richt said that there are no plans to move tailback Ken Malcome, who redshirted this season, to fullback.

Georgia will have Orson Charles, Aron White and Arthur Lynch, who is redshirting this season, at tight end next season.

Richt said Chapas has played through the ankle injury since hurting it against South Carolina in the second game of the season.

“It got to the point where he needed to get it done,” Richt said. “He’s been trying to play through it, but it’s just progressively gotten worse.”

Chapas rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries this season and had 29 receiving yards on five catches.

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