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Thomas Brown going with Quayvon Hicks as No. 1 fullback for first game

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia running backs coach Thomas Brown instructs Keith Marshall during a drill.
Georgia running backs coach Thomas Brown instructs Keith Marshall during a drill.

Georgia running backs coach Thomas Brown said Quayvon Hicks will be his No. 1 fullback for Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe.

This is an expected move with Hicks listed No. 2 at the position behind Christian Payne. As far as the depth chart is concerned, Payne is still considered the top fullback, but he cracked his fibula in Georgia’s first preseason scrimmage. Payne hasn’t been seen at practice during the media viewing period since.

Brown did say Payne has been present for practices recently but didn’t elaborate on what kind of work he’s been doing. Brown said he was unsure who would be the top fullback once Payne was cleared to return.

Brown wants Hicks, who's back to full strength after sustaining a hamstring injury during the middle of the preseason, to display more of a mean streak on the field this season.

“I’m on him as much as I am on anybody, as far as fundamentals, pad level, playing physical, and playing as big as he is,” Brown said. “He’s 265 pounds. I told him he should be beating the mess out of people.”

Brown, who played running back at Georgia from 2004-07, understands the importance of a fullback, and said it takes a different kind of athlete to want to play the position.

“People don’t understand how difficult the fullback position is,” Brown said. “You can’t just plug anybody in and say go be a fullback. You gotta be very unselfish and really be messed up in your mind to be a fullback. Those are always different kind of guys.”

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