Southerland has gotten praise from Head Coach Mark Richt on his early-season performances.
"He had six knock downs against South Carolina, and was really blocking well," Richt said.
Southerland has only two carriers this season (one a game), but that's not what he's there for. Protection in the form of run blocking and pass blocking is where he will be judged. Considering the success of Georgia's running attack – the Dawgs are averaging 209 rushing yards per game – Southerland is doing well.
"For me getting the rock is not my main concern," said the fullback. "If I get the touches – I love that. My main concern is blocking so that the backs can go. I'd say I'm a decent runner, but I'm not the caliber of ball carrier of Danny Ware, Thomas Brown or Kregg Lumpkin, or even D.J. Shockley."