On vacation until Memphis …

(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

232 comments Add your comment

Good Dawg

December 18th, 2010
6:41 pm

Great Dawg. Sad ending. Best of luck to Shaun.

Barbicide

December 18th, 2010
6:42 pm

First.

It’s a shame. DGD Chapas.

Mdawg

December 18th, 2010
6:43 pm

First? – Bummin for Chapas – quality guy, quality leader

poor guy

December 18th, 2010
6:49 pm

dissapointing for him im sure. tough way to end a season. closest ill ever be to first

edumacated

December 18th, 2010
6:51 pm

One of the best fullbacks to ever play at Georgia in my opinion. Unfortunately, an offense with a fullback in the SEC means one less playmaker on the field. Richt and Bobo just haven’t figured that out yet.

Hit A Single

December 18th, 2010
7:01 pm

edumacated – Maryland needs a coach, Miami of Ohio needs a coach, and many others, you need to apply. Your talents are being wasted. But I hope we continue using a fullback.

Billy Jack

December 18th, 2010
7:02 pm

I echo Barbicide’s post….he is a DGD….best of luck to him..

Will

December 18th, 2010
7:15 pm

Thanks Shaun for the memories !!! You will be missed!

bradley k

December 18th, 2010
7:20 pm

dude figgins would be a load in the backfield.maybe he could be a force blocking for the dawgs and he can also catch out of the backfield too.

Roger Goddell

December 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

Hey Chapas, my sources tell me you probably won’t get drafted but I expect to see you battle for a spot in camp somewhere next season. Nice work at Georgia.

Joey

December 18th, 2010
7:30 pm

Hit A Single – maybe you should apply for one of those jobs, being that you are so wise in the ways of football.

But, in case you haven’t noticed, the last college team to use a fullback, and actually benefit from it was Alabama in ‘09. And it didn’t work quite so well in ‘10, did it?

edumacated was actually right, in that, employing a fullback, in the Power I formation, you are leaving an extra receiver on the sideline.

Hit A Single

December 18th, 2010
7:30 pm

At UGA we have had some great kids play fullback and Shaun is no different. They are all true football players.

Bulldawg Richie

December 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

His footbal career is not over. He’ll be playing on Sundays. Good thing CMR decide to sign Zander. That’s going to pay off in the future.

Hit A Single

December 18th, 2010
7:38 pm

Hey Joey, running teams win championships. You need to learn a difference in the I and the power I. There is a difference. UGA uses many formations without a FB, but I promise you all good teams have a package with a fullback. Teams don’t use that extra receiver as a playmaker they simply use him to spread the field. That is a new trend and all coaches do what they think is the best for them. But you and that other guy don’t need to blast Coach Richt or Coach Bobo for what they do.

441North

December 18th, 2010
7:45 pm

DAMN GOOD DOG !

Brooksdawg

December 18th, 2010
7:52 pm

Shaun, Thanks for being a DGD…

JDawg

December 18th, 2010
7:59 pm

Shaun, this is one you print and put on the refrig. You are the best back in the 2010 backfield at UGA.

BirdDog

December 18th, 2010
8:23 pm

Chapas is a Hoss! And will be missed. DGD!

bitter "ole"school georgia fan

December 18th, 2010
8:28 pm

Pass the bread and butter, a balanced breakfast gets you started to a perfect day, AKA a balanced running game will always lead a team to victory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS games are always won up front on both O @ D lines, get ready auburn fans for 10 probation, FBI spotted in scams home town, looking into the money flow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry

December 18th, 2010
8:37 pm

Richt needs to go !!!

Weatherdawg

December 18th, 2010
8:49 pm

Larry needs to go—-bye!

Loran

December 18th, 2010
8:51 pm

Go where? To Memphis? Because I’m sure that’s where Coach Richt is going. You know, on account of having to coach a game and all. And then I suspect he’ll go home to Athens where he’ll go to work fixing this team to get it going in the right direction. Going to be interesting to see how this all turns out, yeah?

Bright Idea

December 18th, 2010
8:54 pm

This was a piece on Chapas and the AJC could not resist the chance to let idiots turn it into the same old bash Richt routine.

Brucerugby79

December 18th, 2010
8:55 pm

Idiots I wish I could get face to face-mr hit a single-you know nothing about football you run the ball you stop the run the rest is easy makes off coord look brilliant

Brucerugby79

December 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

Hit a single my sincere apology-my comments were directed at edumacated who is not

uga WILL be back

December 18th, 2010
9:22 pm

Great player great guy. Thanks for everything and good luck. DAMN GOOD DAWG!

FL Dawg

December 18th, 2010
9:30 pm

Chapas, DGD. Get the ankle well. Good luck with your next endeavor in life. Sick ‘em!!!!!

St. Clarkston

December 18th, 2010
10:06 pm

The guy played tough every down. Good luck to you mr. Chapas.

Bo

December 18th, 2010
10:10 pm

GATA Shaun…one of the all-time great Bulldogs. Your enthusiasm, fundamentals, and leadership will certainly be missed. And my wife will certainly miss your stretches on kick returns. Good luck in the NFL…some franchise will be getting a real leader…hopefully the Falcons!!

Fladawg

December 18th, 2010
10:24 pm

Very sad to see Shaun go out one game early but he had a hell of a career at UGA. I wish him all the best and wouldn’t be surprised to see him cutting down linebackers on Sundays sometime soon. Damn good dawg, that one. Well done sir.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

December 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Chapas was a great FB. He’ll be missed at the Liberty Bowl. Best of luck to him. I’m all for playing Zander O as the starter, get these guys experience from the get go.

P. Bull Terrier

December 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

Wow, “Hit A Single”, “Joey” really schooled you. Fullbacks are sooo last year. Who among us can even remember all the way back to 2009.

Besides, if we didn’t waste a starting spot on Chapas, there’s no telling how far Marlon Brown or Logan Gray might have taken the team as the 3rd or 4th receiver.

Bug Zapper

December 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

I’m pretty sure the only group of people who want Richt gone are the Techies.

But when any coach is 9-1 against you, you without a doubt wanthim gone.

RD

December 18th, 2010
10:32 pm

Thanks for the memories you big stud” GO DAWGS “

Walmart > K-Mart

December 18th, 2010
10:40 pm

Thanks Chapas! You truly define “Damn Good Dawg”. You did it big, and you did it the right way. Best of luck wherever your road takes you.

GO DAWGS!!!!

AltamahaDawg

December 18th, 2010
10:46 pm

Maybe we could line Gray up where the fullback used to play to catch that short TD pass we scored on so often.

Cobb Dawg

December 18th, 2010
11:03 pm

edumacated: I have to disagree. Over the years, whenever UGA has had a good fullback on the field, they’ve been a different team. For my money, a strong fullback is the key to a successful offense.

tide roll

December 18th, 2010
11:11 pm

Can’t Richt see what a beast Figgins would be at fullback. It’s like he’s an afterthought. Is the man blind!? How much more talent can he squander. Figgins is exactly what he needs. The guy must like kicking field goals against Florida. Sounds like they may be jacking Figgins around the same way they did Kiante Tripp and Bean Anderson. It’s unbelievable. Maybe Richt does need to move on.

DawginOH

December 18th, 2010
11:13 pm

Not the best way for a DGD to go out, but at least his last game was a win over Tech. Thanks for the memories, Shaun! Good luck in the NFL!

tide roll

December 18th, 2010
11:18 pm

Also. the guys need to be willing to run through a brick wall for their S/C coach. Tereshinski is not that guy. It’s just another cost cutting measure by Richt so he can keep his share of the pie. Similar move as McClendon to RB Coach. Problem is, while it keeps Richt rich, it hurts them kids and the program. But since when have the kids and the program taken precedent over personal gain at UGA. What a program.

BobbyDawg

December 18th, 2010
11:25 pm

Hey Shaun, Take your time and do your therapy and let that ankle get COMPLETELY WELL and we’ll see you soon in the NFL.. Good Luck and as always “GO DAWGS”!

tide roll

December 18th, 2010
11:30 pm

What about Richard Samuel at Fullback. What a wealth of talent at UGA. What a waste of talent at UGA.

savannadawg

December 19th, 2010
12:16 am

I guess I’ll take this opportunity to plug a player we should be recruiting to play Fullback at UGA and that person would be Nick O’Leary the TE from florida whose dad played for Georgia. I can’t believe we are not going to even talk to this kid. Oh I forgot. Rodney Garner and Coach Richt only want that kid from Valdosta. Oh well!

ray

December 19th, 2010
12:16 am

a REAL football player :)

Pago Pago Dawg

December 19th, 2010
1:26 am

The DAWGS don’ want N. ILL.

jdawgs34

December 19th, 2010
1:42 am

It is amazing that we can talk about an injury under comments, but not the heroes from the bus crash the other evening. Congrats to them for helping the bus driver after the wreck. Looks like we get to comment only on the bad stuff. Sorry, Chapas, hope the surgery went well.

Ron Hyatt

December 19th, 2010
1:47 am

Who Cares. Graduate, get a job. Pay all your income to Obamacide.

SatillaDawg

December 19th, 2010
2:11 am

Give That Dawg A Bone!

Good work, Shaun, and good luck in the years ahead.

Go Dawgs! Sic ‘Em!

pirtdawg

December 19th, 2010
3:21 am

DGD! always loved his heart and work ethic.

Mama is calling

December 19th, 2010
7:17 am

Within 6 months he will weigh 300+ pounds and will have two knee replacements due to the pounding and the weight. He will be a high school coach who will underachieve just as many of his fellow teammates will.

Either way it is not the way to end a below average career on a below average team. Sorry Shaun, you deserved better, but maybe you should have selected another school to apply your skill sets.