(Note: The UGA blog will be on hiatus while I take a week’s vacation before heading to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl.)
Georgia will be without its starting fullback in the Liberty Bowl.
Shaun Chapas, a senior who recently was named permanent captain of the 2010 team, won’t play against Central Florida on Dec. 31 because of ankle surgery, coach Mark Richt announced Saturday.
That means Chapas’ UGA career ended with the Nov. 27 victory over Georgia Tech.
After battling problems with his left ankle for most of the season, Chapas underwent surgery Friday.
Georgia has three other fullbacks who are getting work in practice as bowl preparations continue: senior Fred Munzenmaier, freshman Zander Ogletree and redshirt freshman Dustin Royston. In addition, backup tight end Bruce Figgins, a junior, is getting some practice time at fullback.
Figgins’ move is “not necessarily a full-time change,” Richt said in a news release, “but we are getting him some work there because of depth issues.”
Chapas received numerous honors at the Bulldogs’ recent awards gala. In addition to being named the team’s overall permanent captain, he received the David Jacobs Award, which goes to the player who best portrays “courage, spirit, character and determination,” and shared the Leon Farmer Award, which recognizes dedication to the strength and conditioning program. He also was one of four recipients of the Coaches’ Leadership Award.
– Tim Tucker