ATHENS -- Shaun Chapas’ playing career at Georgia has ended, while Bruce Figgins could continue in a new position.
Chapas, a senior fullback and team captain, will miss the Liberty Bowl because of ankle surgery. The injury has bothered Chapas nearly all season, causing him to miss one game and be limited in others.
“He’s been trying to play through it, but it’s just progressively gotten worse and he needed to clean it up,” head coach Mark Richt said.
As a result Figgins, the third-string tight end, is getting reps at fullback. The junior from Columbus could work more there next year, depending on how he looks during the next couple weeks.
“We’ll see how this thing goes and see how he responds to it,” Richt said. “He’s had a little experience at this, this isn’t the first time. Because if you have a tight end that can do some of the fullback-type things, it’s a little tougher for the defense to know what personnel group you might be in.”
The Bulldogs have three other fullbacks: Fred Munzenmaier, also a senior, freshman Zander Ogletree and redshirt freshman Dustin Royston.
The tight end position is deeper, with sophomore Orson Charles and junior tight end Aron White ahead of Charles. Sophomore Arthur Lynch redshirted because of the depth, while the Bulldogs are also in the running for top prospect Jay Rome.
@BR Body Subhed:Secondary violations
Richt said he would favor an NCAA crackdown on secondary violations, as long as it allows for “inadvertent” ones. The NCAA has said it would start penalizing the violations, and on Friday Michigan State announced that head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo would be suspended one game for a secondary violation incurred last summer.
Richt wanted to make clear he was speaking in general, and not on Izzo’s situation.
“I think accountability is good. I’m all for accountability,” Richt said.
That said, Richt said there have been times when he or one of his coaches have answered a call from a recruit, unaware it was a recruit, and had to report a violation.
“Sometimes you’re just flat out trying to be as diligent as you can and things slip up. And I don’t know if they’re shooting for those or not,” Richt said. “But I think if there’s something severe enough you’ve gotta do something about it.”
@BR Body Subhed:Extra points
In other injury news, defensive end Brandon Wood has a right shoulder injury and hasn’t participated yet in bowl practice. Richt said he thought Wood would be available after the Christmas break.
Wood, a senior, played in 11 games this year, totaling 16 tackles and one sack.
Richt said much of the installation of the Central Florida gameplan will wait until when the team arrives in Memphis next week.
“It’s just so far away, I don’t know if anybody’s all jacked up for that yet,” Richt said. “But they will be when the time comes.”