Cast your vote below for the best Bulldogs fullback of the past decade.
Verron Haynes (2001): Haynes only big season at Georgia came in Mark Richt’s first year when he worked primarily at fullback but saw plenty of action as a runner. Always a strong blocker, Haynes showed his athleticism by leading the team with 121 carries and 691 yards rushing. He scored nine times that season and finished the year by racking up 521 yards in his last three games. His 207 yards rushing against Georgia Tech to cap the regular season helped the Bulldogs to their first win over their in-state rivals in three seasons and remain the high-water mark for a single game since Richt became coach. He was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft and currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
Brannan Southerland (2005-2007): A four-year contributor, Southerland was the prototypical fullback and earned his stripes as a freshman on Georgia’s 2005 SEC championship team, scoring three touchdowns. A year later, he was thrust into the role of Georgia’s primary short-yardage runner as the Bulldogs struggled to find consistency on offense. Southerland was the first fullback to lead the Bulldogs in scoring in 49 years, tallying 10 touchdowns on the year. As a junior, his role as a runner decreased but he still scored six touchdowns and helped lead the way for Knowshon Moreno to total 1,334 yards – the most at Georgia in 15 years. An offseason foot injury cost him much of his senior season, but Southerland wrapped up his career with 460 total yards and 22 touchdowns.
Shaun Chapas (2008-present): Chapas got a taste of action as a freshman in 2007 totaling 63 yards as an understudy for Southerland. As a sophomore in 2008, however, Chapas role increased dramatically and he proved he was up to the challenge. He started all 13 games for the Bulldogs and paved the way for Knowshon Moreno to rack up 1,400 yards on the ground despite a patchwork offensive line in front of him. But it wasn’t just as a blocker that Chapas excelled. He showed he was a versatile player, handling rushing duties in several short-yardage situations and catching nine passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. As a junior in 2009, he again was the Bulldogs’ primary fullback and added eight more receptions and another touchdown to his career tally.