Freshman Update: Bruce Figgins

ATHENS – Competition is a natural part of sports. But then again, so is wanting a teammate to succeed. So how do you reconcile the two?

For true freshman tight end Bruce Figgins, it all comes down to the greater good.

"We all look out for the best of the team. A win is most important," he said.

And Georgia's been winning. Four out of its first five games in fact. But that hasn't stopped the critics from coming out and voicing their opinions.

Most recently, starting tight end Tripp Chandler has been the target of such criticism, even being booed at home in Sanford Stadium.

To Figgins, however, not much as changed in his view of his teammate.

"Tripp's kind of been down with catching, but you can't take away that he's a good player," Figgins said. " He's been practicing real hard, and I don't think I've seen him drop a pass in practice (this week)."

Figgins' own playing time has increased this season not just because of Chandler's struggles, but also because of his impressive blocking abilities – something that Georgia head coach Mark Richt noticed in Figgins at the prep level.

"He's got a good strong frame on him. He had some good fundamentals in high school. He was not lacking of some really good coaching," Richt said.

That ability to block earned Figgins a start in the season's first game against Oklahoma State while Chandler was suspended, where he even caught a touchdown pass, something he considers " touchdown was far off from what I thought (I'd be doing)."

On his blocking abilities Figgins said, "Coming from a Wing-T offense in high school, I did a lot of blocking. So I always knew to come off the ball and be aggressive."

So while he felt prepared entering Georgia on what he'd need to do, actually doing it was and continues to be a learning process, something that Figgins readily acknowledges.

"It's been a big adjustment," he said. "You've got bigger, stronger players. You've got the different scheme that Georgia teaches. I think I've adjusted good to it. I'm still learning, but I'm getting better each day."


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