Richt wants more from fullbacks

ATHENS – The most recent return for the Georgia football team was senior fullback Jeremy Thomas who rejoined the Bulldogs, after a two game suspension for unspecified team violations, when the team played host to Marshall. In Thomas' absence, sophomore Des Williams got the nod for starting fullback.

Before the Marshall game, Bulldog Head Coach Mark Richt looked forward to the anticipated impact Jeremy Thomas' return would make for the Bulldog offense. "We're excited that he's coming back," said Richt of Thomas' return. "He has always provided some very physical play for us; he's caught the ball well and run well in short yardage situations. He's an outstanding fullback."

Although the Bulldogs bested the Thundering Herd 13-3, Thomas didn't have quite the game for which his head coach hoped. He rushed for only seven yards on two carries and missed some key blocks.

Des Williams started in Thomas' place against Georgia Southern and South Carolina. Williams has only four yards on three rushing attempts. Thomas and Williams each have one catch for 14 and 11 yards respectively. Williams has logged 11 "decleater blocks" in three games while Thomas had nine "decleater blocks" against Marshall. Still, Richt wants more production from both.

"I saw our fullbacks getting knocked around against Marshall, and I didn't like that," said Richt. "I thought there were some opportunities for our fullbacks to make some blocks that would have sprung our backs. It may have only been two or three plays, but the ones I happened to notice were not what we are hoping for."

Thomas, a transfer walk-on from the United States Air Force Academy, earned a scholarship and eventually a start in 2002. The senior from Loganville was the recipient of the team's Most Improved Running Back Award in the spring of 2003 and later that year started all games for the Bulldogs as the number one fullback. Williams started his career at linebacker but moved to fullback last season. He is a Dacula native.

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