July 23, 2006

Southerland back in the swing of things

Last year, most of the work at fullback for the Bulldogs fell on the shoulders of Brannan Southerland, even when he was hampered by injuries. Southerland though, will get some help this fall as Georgia plans to go from a one-fullback offensive philosophy to a fullback by committee system similar to the sharing of carries among the Bulldogs' tailbacks.

"The depth is going to add to our backfield that we've got. The added depth is just going to add to us," Southerland said.

Georgia's able to split the work up at fullback thanks to the return of a healthy Des Williams and the emergence of Jason Johnson as a fullback. Both Williams and Johnson, who are juniors, will play behind the sophomore Southerland, who heads into preseason camp as the No. 1 fullback despite missing spring practice with a shoulder injury.

"J.J. and Des have an edge on me because they we here in the spring," Southerland said. "It was my job last year. Nothing against J.J. and Des, but I want to do the job that I did last year."

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