Williams is the starter going into the fall, but Southerland has been applying pressure. He's likely going to get a tremendous about of playing time this fall – on offense and special teams – no matter if he is the starter or not.
"I would love to get on the field as much as possible whether it is at running back or special teams," he said. Southerland spent all of last season sitting out. He might have gotten a chance at playing last year, but he moved from linebacker to fullback before the season even started. It proved too overwhelming and Georgia's coaches decided to redshirt him. Now, he says, he's just trying to get prepared for the fall.
"Coming off the scout team last year, trying to get everything ready mentally, filling in the number two fullback spot behind Des has been a challenge," said Southerland. "He and I are trying to fill the shoes of Jeremy Thomas."
Thomas was recently signed to a free agent contract to play football with Cincinnati, joining Odell Thurman and David Pollack. As for Southerland, he will try to make and impact on the field wherever he can.
"I am going to give it all I've got and try to get as much playing time as I can, no matter if it is on special teams or at fullback," he said.