2005 Starter: Brannan Southerland (7 games started, 18 rushes for 26 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns; 8 receptions for 57 yards and 1 touchdown)
After Junior Des Williams's injury just before the start of last season, Southerland had little competition at fullback. The main concern at the position was experience and depth as soon as the staff knew Williams would be out for the season.
But Southerland got going in early in the year with good blocking to go with the few carries the team ask of him. By the end of the season, however, Southerland was a dependable force in the red zone. He scored touchdowns against Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.
Now the question is if Southerland can hold Williams (2 games started, 16 rushes for 40 yards; 5 receptions for 43 yards) off. Both are rather athletic fullbacks, but Southerland has better ball skills. Both will play plenty of special teams this fall as well.
The smart money is on Southerland retaining his starting position, but he sat out all of this spring recovering from an injury while Williams played for the first time in nearly a year. The main question about this position could be durability. In the rough and tumble SEC fullbacks are needed for quarterback protection. In 2006, there is no school that will need the fullbacks' help more than Georgia in protecting a new starting signal caller.
If Southerland and Williams can't stay healthy the Dawgs will have trouble with protection, and that will mean poor offensive production.
All-American Candidates: None
All-SEC Candidates: Brannon Southerland (2nd Team)
Burning Questions: Can Southerland hold Williams in their first head-to-head battle for the starting job this August? Can both stay healthy?