Chapas ready for a new challenge

ATHENS – Take a trip back to the 2007 Georgia Tech game, and it's easy to see why Shaun Chapas doesn't mind learning the fullback slot from senior Brannan Southerland.

With Georgia leading the Yellow Jackets by just seven with eleven minutes remaining in the game, Thomas Brown took a pitch to the right and scampered 32 yards untouched into the endzone, giving the Dogs enough breathing room for the victory.

The comfort level of that run was in large part thanks to a crushing block made by Southerland on Tech safety Djay Jones, in a clip that has become a YouTube favorite for many Georgia fans.

"That was nasty," Chapas said. "I think that was the best block I've ever seen at fullback That's why I think he's the best in the country, because he does stuff like that on a regular basis."

Chapas said that much of his development over the course of the 2007 season can be attributed to Southerland's guidance.

"He helped me a lot. Especially as the year went on. Getting more and more time back there with him. He was real awesome. Coaching me on and off the field. In the meeting room he was always the first guy to point something out to me. He helped me more than anyone. And obviously coach Ball. But I really thank Brannan and coach Ball both for kind of taking me under their wing and helping me out a lot," he said.

And with Southerland out at least the first couple of games because of surgery, and fellow scholarship fullback Fred Munzenmaier suspended until week three, Georgia will need Chapas to showcase all that he's learned and continue the Bulldog tradition over the course of Mark Richt's tenure of having a highly productive fullback.

And to do that, Chapas knows exactly what it takes, as he's learned from one of the best.

"You've got to be ready to stick your nose in there and do like Brannan does: lay people out. I know Brannan has fun doing it. I know I have fun doing it. There's nothing more satisfying than getting a perfect block," he said.

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