There weren't many surprises on Georgia's depth chart at the end of spring drills in April 2012.
In fact, there was only one name and status that caught anybody off guard – fullback Merritt Hall listed as a starter. For a walk-on who came to Georgia without the luxury of a scholarship, Hall's ascension from scout team practice dummy to one of 11 starters on offense is the best-case model for his peers to follow.
"The coaches have given me an opportunity, and I'm trying to take advantage of it," Hall, a redshirt freshman from Alpharetta, said.
Hall has earned respect and trust from coaches and players alike, which for a walk-on is the first step in earning the "opportunity" Hall continuously gushes about when speaking to the media.
"The opportunities don't come easy," Hall said. "Whether you're a walk-on or on scholarship, you've got to work hard for opportunities."