"When I first got here he taught me everything I know, basically," Hicks said. "Coming in he was a walk-on, so watching film on him teaches me to use my size. When you're not so big, like Merritt, you have to go hard."
Going hard is what Hicks does. When he arrived at Georgia Hicks took a few different approaches to earning playing time, but now he says he's getting back to his old ways.
"Last year I was a freshman trying to prove things to the coaches instead of playing my game," Hicks said. "I came out this spring and I told the coaches I was just going to hit. That's what I did in high school."
Hicks has been tough from high school to his early years as a fullback in the SEC, and though he's changed his style of preparation he says the tough part's going to stay the same.
"I think I have the tough part down," Hicks said. "Now it's more about playing fast because Clemson has a fast-paced defense. We have to get on the field just like they do and try to put the ball in the end zone. I know what to do, now I just have to do it."
Teammate and fellow member of Georgia's backfield Keith Marshall said he knows there's a lot of upside in running behind Hicks.
"Quayvon is one of my close friends up here," Marshall said. "He's come a long way and worked extremely hard to get to the point where he's at. He's really a beast out there on the field and I'm excited to run behind him."
Along with his tenacity, Marshall said Hicks has the size and speed to make a lot of room for he and Todd Gurley. Marshall hasn't forgotten about Hall either.
"Just look at him [Hicks]," Marshall said. "He plays like he looks, so he'll be a good guy. We've got Merritt too. He played well last year and he's still playing well."
Hicks is tough, but he's not perfect. No one is. However, that hasn't stopped him from trying to learn everything he can about the complicated position he plays. Striving for perfection is all he can do, and it seems to be working out for him.
"Over the summer Merritt and I worked on the fundamentals," Hicks said. "Being a fullback is very technical. I stopped trying to be perfect and started trying to perfect the fullback position."
How close is he to perfecting it? Some would say very, and he's just a sophomore. However, Hicks would prefer those people keep their comments to themselves no matter how uplifting they are.
"I'm never complacent. I love compliments, but I never let it get to me," Hicks said. "I feel like there's always room to get better. I appreciate everybody, but I know where I want to be and I'm not there yet."
Hicks has vastly improved from his freshman year until now, and he acknowledges that. He said he knows he's improved, but it's all just part of getting older and being around the program an extra year.
"I was looking at last year's film from around this time and I think it's been a tremendous jump from where I was to where I am now," Hicks said.
"I'm telling you, these kids are just workhorses," Hicks said. "I've never seen young kids come in and want it so much. Everybody's trying to get each other better. It's amazing to have so much talent in one room."
Mark Richt recently said Green would be the running back first in line behind Gurley and Marshall. Even with that knowledge, Hicks said there will be a competition for that three spot all season.
"Right now, pretty much all of us are trying to compete," Hicks said. "Trying to make sure we get each other ready fundamentally, so I think it's going to be good."
Fundamentals are one thing, but face masks are another. Hicks wants every detail of his game to describe him, from his attitude to his accessories.
Hicks recently started wearing a new face mask this fall; a face mask similar to the one worn by NFL defender Justin Tuck and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Hicks is just glad the helmet fits his personality, and his head.
"The equipment managers told me we were getting new helmets, and I have a big head so I'm about an extra large," Hicks said.
Outside the helmet size, Hicks said the face mask describes who he is as a player.
"It says I've got to be the toughest player on offense," Hicks said. "When in doubt, I've just got to suck it up and go. I'm trying to be that energy or that strike that gets the offense going."
Clemson will be the first opponent to see Hicks' new face mask, but he doesn't care if it intimidates them or not. He just wants the Tigers to know he's coming for them.
"I just want them to feel me," Hicks said. "With or without the face mask I'm still going to bring it."