ATHENS - Quayvon Hicks showed up to interviews after Wednesday's practice wearing a shirt that said: "Too Much Awesome." The sophomore fullback was asked if he was issued the shirt after his performance last Saturday.
"No, it's just a shirt he always had," Hicks said, grinning.
Georgia's season opener didn't go well for the Bulldogs overall, but it was the coming-out party for Hicks:
- He sprung the main block on Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run.
- He had his own long run, of 37 yards, to get Georgia out when it was pinned near its end zone.
- He had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
- He also had a 38-yard reception on a screen pass.
Those were just the moments that stood out. Throughout the game, on a night when Georgia's offensive line struggled, Hicks was arguably the team's best blocker. On an offense with so many weapons, Hicks made a case for being one of them.
"That's the plan. That's the reason I'm in the backfield, not only for this game but for any other game," Hicks said.
Despite his T-shirt, Hicks didn't come off as too much of a braggart. In fact he said he found "a lot of flaws" in his own performance, mainly in pass blocking and not playing fast enough. He also brought up his one bad moment: The fumble at the end of his long catch, which luckily for him was alertly recovered by teammate Chris Conley.
"My biggest thing was my ball security on that pass I got," Hicks said. "I was trying to fix that this week, because once you're in the game third and fourth quarter, you get worn down."
Then there was third-and-goal fullback handoff in which Hicks was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. There was no hole there and it was a few yards from the goal-line, yet Hicks thinks he could have punched it in if he went straight ahead, rather than trying to jump over the line.
"I should've been in there," Hicks said. "That was another thing, making sure I'm finishing runs on the ground instead of jumping up or whatever. So we'll see this week."
Georgia will be happy if Hicks gets another goal-line chance. But a bigger role may await: South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney can't be blocked by one man, so Hicks may be called upon to help in certain situations. Or a lot of situations.
Offensive coaches weren't going to give away their plan on Clowney. Hicks, meanwhile, wasn't going to limit his blocking plan to just one player.
"I feel like their whole defense is good," he said. "Coaches are gonna gameplan on film, but we've gotta focus on the whole defense."
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