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Post First things first for Figgins the fullback

Wednesday March 30, 2011

The move of Bruce Figgins to fullback has been one of the few early spring stories worth talking about. The idea of an experienced tight end coming out of the backfield gives both fans and coaches a lot to think about. Seth Emerson reminds us that there are some more fundamental concerns to take care of first.

Bruce Figgins has said that his biggest adjustment to fullback is the different blocking schemes from tight end. Not, as one would expect, carrying the ball.

“Well I haven’t given him the ball yet, so that’s probably the reason why,” Bobo said, laughing.

Before Figgins starts giving defenses things to worry about in the passing game, job #1 is – as Richt put it – becoming “a fullback that can play that position legitimately.” In Georgia’s offense, that’s a lot of blocking. I’m a lot more interested in how well Figgins can lead Crowell and keep Murray upright than in the few occasions we’d flex him out as an H-back. The gold standard for me is Brannan Southerland – if you can lead the tailback down the field with not one but two key blocks, you’ve mastered the job.

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