Another concern for Georgia in 2003 will be replacing fullback JT Wall. Wall started from the end of the 2001 season until his final game in the Sugar Bowl.
With Wall gone, Georgia has two players that are candidates to replace him in the starting lineup. Last season Jeremy Thomas gained valuable experience serving as Wall's backup. This spring, Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt has been pleased with his play.
"Going into spring I was confident that Jeremy Thomas would do well at fullback," said Richt. "But he has really exceeded my expectations."
Richt said that Thomas is developing a plethora of skills that will help his play in the future.
Said Richt: "He's really blocked well and ran well. He catches it; he does not make mistakes. He is an intelligent guy."
Chris Hickman, the other candidate to fill Wall's shoes, sat out last season but has been performing well this spring. "He's doing some nice things," said Richt.
Richt describes him as a physical runner that can deliver a blow to would be tacklers. Last week in Georgia's first scrimmage of the spring, Hickman, the only scholarship fullback this spring, used his physical style to punish defenders.
"Chris Hickman had a nice run and a nice catch. He did a great job of knocking people back as a runner. He ran a couple of guys over," said Richt.
Replacing Wall won't be easy, but Richt likes what he sees out of this year's fullbacks so far.
"I am pretty pleased with what the fullbacks are doing," he said.