2005 Up and Comer: Brannan Southerland

ATHENS – A redshirt freshman running back has been thrust into the starting lineup.

Up and comer might not be the best way to describe Brannan Southerland – he's more of a here-and-now guy. Ever since starting tailback Des Williams suffered a season-ending injury this summer during a strength and conditioning workout, Southerland knew he would be the number one fullback going into fall camp.

There is some debate surrounding how much a true fullback will be used this season in Mark Richt's offense. Southerland is inexperienced, but talented – he may have snatched the starting spot from Williams by the end of the season. However, that does not mean Richt will be satisfied with using Southerland.

Georgia is blessed with more depth at tailback than perhaps any other team in the SEC. Two-back sets could be the norm this season. Still, when the fullback is used in Georgia's offense, Southerland has all of the skills needed to make that position a weapon for the Bulldogs.

If Southerland doesn't, for some reason, make a splash on offense, look for him to wreak havoc on special teams all season long.

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