Williams hurt: What's next for the fullbacks?

ATHENS – Georgia's difficult off-season continued today with news that starting fullback Des Williams will be out for at least some time this season after injuring his bicep tendon during weight room activities.

Williams was the number one fullback on Georgia's depth chart, but now Brannan Southerland – who has never played a down in his career at Georgia – will be faced with the burden of taking over much of the responsibilities at fullback; for at least some time.

Southerland is a powerful, athletic fullback that was pushing Williams for playing time last spring. Williams was expected to hold onto the starting job for 2005, but Southerland has been making strides. The question that remains is: what, if any, other players will be sent to the fullback spot to provide depth?

Danny Ware, the starter at tailback for most of 2004, has significant experience at fullback. However, Ware might be the number one tailback after fall camp if he can beat out Thomas Brown. Either way, Ware will probably get many carries from his tailback spot this fall. Ware began last fall camp at fullback, but was moved to tailback after Kregg Lumpkin, another talented Georgia tailback, tore his ACL at the start of last year's fall camp. Ware could lineup at fullback in certain sets this fall, but a permanent switch does not seem likely.

Jamario Smith, who currently plays linebacker for the Dawgs but is not listed in the two-deep depth chart, has played on and off at fullback during his time with the Dawgs. Smith could be a candidate to move to fullback if the coaching staff is satisfied with their lineup and the depth at linebacker.

Another, tailback, Tony Milton, possesses excellent pass-protection skills. However, Milton has not played fullback in the past at Georgia – he's always been a tailback. He's 5-11, 200, so he's a little smaller than your typical SEC-level tailback. A move might get Milton more playing time, but that too seems unlikely.

Walk-ons Chase Green, who played linebacker last season, and Brett Thompson are also listed at fullbacks.

Georgia officals indicated word on Williams' injury could come as soon as noon on Thursday.

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