Dogs move a tight end to fullback, are close to hiring offensive line coach

ATHENS –- Three non-recruiting bits of news:

  • 1. Position change. Georgia is moving Bruce Figgins from one of the team’s deepest positions, tight end, to one of its thinnest, fullback.

Figgins, a rising senior, worked some at fullback in Liberty Bowl practices in December, but the plan now is to make him a “fulltime fullback,” coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. “We think that’s going to be a really good move for Bruce,” Richt said.

Georgia returns a wealth of talent at tight end: Orson Charles, the 2010 starter; Aron White, the 2009 starter; and Arthur Lynch, who redshirted last season. Plus, Georgia signed a highly regarded tight end, Jay Rome, as part of its “Dream Team” recruiting class.

The 6-4, 265-pound Figgins figures to get a chance to contribute more at fullback, where the top two players last season -– starter Shaun Chapas and backup Fred Munzenmaier –- graduated.

  • 2. Coaching search. Richt expects to fill the offensive-line coaching position, vacated by Stacy Searels‘ departure for Texas, soon.

“We’ll probably knock that out hopefully in the next few days or so,” Richt said. “For sure by early next week.”

He said there has been a “tremendous amount of interest” in the job. “My phone was blowing up hard after Coach Searels decided to go to Texas. . . . We have some tremendous people to choose from.”

  • 3. Mat drills no more. The famous/infamous mat drills –- a grueling part of Georgia’s off-season conditioning program since 2001 –- have been replaced in the Bulldogs’ revamped strength and conditioning operation under Joe Tereshinski. Several players have commented on the difficulty of their weight-room workouts under Tereshinski, a long-time staffer who took over Jan. 1 as director of strength and conditioning.

“We’re not doing mat drills,” Richt said. “Some people say, ‘Why aren’t you doing mat drills?’ Well, you can ask the boys why we’re not doing mat drills, because they’re getting a taste of that just about every day with ‘Coach T’ and his strength staff. It’s already paying off.”

Richt mentioned that two members of the 2011 signing class who enrolled this semester, wide receiver Chris Conley and quarterback Christian LeMay, already have gained seven and 10 pounds, respectively, through their work in the strength program.

– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog

164 comments Add your comment

cpinthedawghouse

February 3rd, 2011
5:15 am

Excellent, now we need one mean man thats a great motivator at o-line coach and we should be set. I wanna see some slobber fly!

DunwoodyDawg

February 3rd, 2011
5:18 am

Great move! Figgins is a beast who should do quite well a Fullback. Probably would not see the field too much next season at Tight End and he knows the playbook already.

Mountain Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
5:41 am

I’m liking the ’slobber fly’ idea!

dawgerbrown

February 3rd, 2011
5:51 am

OK. Now for Bobo’s off season assignment. Watch every minute of video from last season and chart the percentage of times you called running plays on second and long. Discover how prdictable you where as a play caller and learn why UGA was so easy to defend. Also learn that there are plays called screens, (beside wide receiver slip screens) and reverses, (which you used to call from time to time). Write a four page essay on when these calls would be appropriate, and why you are going to show more imagination as a play caller on second and long.

lanier

February 3rd, 2011
5:53 am

wonder who will get to coach these guys

Destin Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
5:59 am

Didn’t lose one commitment when Searles left… speaks volumes doesn’t it ???? now with a new ( better ) O line coach.. plus new improved strength and conitioning program… hell Marine basic training got us in shape in 8 weeks !!!!!

Destin Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
6:03 am

What dawgerbrown said…. more Trickeration please !!!! fake kicks.. hurry up… no huddle… once in a while

south

February 3rd, 2011
6:09 am

Searels was part of the problem, not solution. I’m glad he’s gone.

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Richard Tardits

February 3rd, 2011
6:28 am

Just do it. No more excuses. Dominate in the weight room, dominate up front, dominate some opposition. We’ve had too much talent not to be better than we have been. Great notes Tim. Thanks.

doggoneit

February 3rd, 2011
6:30 am

dawgerbrown-Sounds like you have a deep coaching resume. I bet CMR would grab you right away if he only knew who you are. I’m a dawg fan and want the dawgs offense to be explosive and unpredictable next year. Please overnight your resume and I’ll bet CMR will hire you to be our new offensive coordinator and you can hire our next offensive line coach with your extensive coaching contacts.

woebegong

February 3rd, 2011
6:31 am

I sure hope they can hire a good OL coach. They have some beast recruited and it would be nice to see them coached right. It has been a long time since I played football for a school, and then only high school, and then only for a short time at that; but I do remember one thing about OL Play. Our coach always figured you had done a good job, when the DL got up and checked behind them to see what they had left on the ground, after they got hit and driven back and down. I want to see that nasty attitude on the OL for the DAWGS. Don’t just block them, push them back and down, and then step on them if they are in the way. all legal of course.
GO DAWGSSSSSSSSSSSS

Larry

February 3rd, 2011
6:35 am

Matt drills is for girly Dawgs…real hairy Dawgs pump iron and chew on dumbbells!

Spike

February 3rd, 2011
6:37 am

Preach on, brother!! Let’s GATA!!

savannadawg

February 3rd, 2011
6:43 am

Joe “T” was an old school O lineman at UGA. Go ahead and make him O-line coach too.

Apples II Oranges

February 3rd, 2011
6:46 am

Sounds great, but a 6′4 FB seems offputting. One would think at that height he would lose the leverage battle when hitting the hole, LB’s would just need to get lower and schuck him off. Or simply go at his knees to clog the hole. Anyway the coaches know more than me so whatever they think is fine with me, and how many days are left till Boise St.?

bigredandblackdawg

February 3rd, 2011
6:50 am

Finally, after all the hype of 5 star skill players we’re getting to the key to winning football games – THE TRENCHES. Our O line should improve and we’ll be back going for our 6th National Championship if not in 2011, but at least by 2012.

Those that think games are won at running back, wide receiver or even QB don’t know crap about football. I know – I would have been a DAWG but I blew our my knee my softmore season of high school, but I’m still a DAWG at heart.

AltamahaDawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:12 am

The 2 plays that I noticed Figgins in at FG, he absolutely knew exactly what defender he was assigned to block and absolutely blew him up.

TennesseeDawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:13 am

The #1 rated fullback in the country was just down the road in Jackson County and didn’t even get a sniff from UGA.

dawgerbrown

February 3rd, 2011
7:22 am

doggenit……..thanks for the compliment. actually did graduate from UGA as Phys Ed major and studied under some old timers like Red Lawson, Earl Fales, Spike Jones, coach Russell, and did coach a little many years ago. Bobo just can’t be so predictable. Run plays to set up other plays. Dooley was great at that. He would run an end-around four times, then the fifth time, run an end-around pass (see Richard Appleby to Gene Washington vs Florida). Besides Cam, that’s what makes Auburn’s offense so potent. They keep you off-balance and are really very unpreditable. Bobo is a good QB Coach, but, I’m not sure your first O-Coordinator job should be at a program like UGA. GO DAWGS!

JB

February 3rd, 2011
7:33 am

Rivals tally…………Dawgs #5…………Tech…….? didn’t see them…….They’re in trouble, and spinning it as if nothing is wrong over there…some Tech bloggers have mentioned they are concerned about stealing players from Georgia Southern etc. OK, I will admit, Johnson does do a good job of coaching, But against BCS top 25 teams, they usually lose.

The Tan Man

February 3rd, 2011
7:35 am

You delusional Kool Aid drinkers Mark Richt will not allow a mean cussing sailor coach at his Boys Home. Sheesh …… when will Y’all ever learn ?.

? The Mysterian

February 3rd, 2011
7:37 am

TN Dawg: You think there may have been a reason? In a recruiting year this critical if the kid was that good, with the Dream Team theme and all it sure seems they would have at least “sniffed” him. In this day and age no player with any notoriety at all is going to be overlooked. What’s his name? Where’d he sign? Inquiring minds would like to know.

dawg lover

February 3rd, 2011
7:38 am

Really need to hire a good OL coach. Wish they could’ve gotten Robbie Caldwell while he was available.

HoustonTxDawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:41 am

Sounds like a great idea to me. Moving a proven vet that is unselfish and wants what is best for UGA and for himself is good. MLB’s do not want to block a guy who is 6′4″ 265 lbs at the fullback position. We have to put our best players on the field at all times. We need a monster for OL coach, take no prisoner type attitude. Dominate in the trenches and watch the run game blossom. Every player UGA has needs to look in the mirror and say “I am my brothers keeper” you work hard and push other guys around you to work harder..Show accountability for your team and teammates. Take the sour taste that you have in your mouth from these last 2 seasons and WORK HARDER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE COUNTRY. YOU are the University of Georgia and people must respect you and your house(between the hedges). No Retreat, No Surrender……..Go Dawgs.

The Tan Man

February 3rd, 2011
7:42 am

Mark Richt is still asleep at the wheel. Fla. State, Bama and even Clempson is cleaning UGA’s clock in recruiting. Same ole crap here with a new pool of jail blotters coming in.

Calhoundawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:46 am

Well, boys, to say that I’m excited about Georgia Football would certainly be an understatement! Of course, anyone who frequents these blogs knows that I am an eternal optimist, and why not? It’s not like you can switch teams or something :-) I’ve been thinking about AltamahaDawg’s comments about Richt being given the opportunity by the fans to make (major?) “adjustments” to the program over the course of time, and I believe that this class is a tremendous confirmation from those who really count, the players, that he will be around for some time to come. We kept Georgia’s best in Georgia this year — not just athletes, but leaders with character and a sense of mission. Winning this year will only increase the excitement for the 2012 “Dream Team” and beyond.

dawgerbrown, I hear you and have admittedly said the same thing (sometimes very colorfully) many times last season. However, experience has shown me that “creativity” is a sugar high and won’t last. Execution by disciplined, conditioned, well-trained athletes is much more successful in the long run no matter what play is called. In short, I would much rather see our team resemble a Saban/Alabama than a Meyer/Florida. Just sayin’ …

My challenge to Greg McGarity, Coach Richt, and the entire team this year is to have ZERO arrests, off-field incidents, etc, etc, etc, before the first snap in the Georgia Dome. This is how I will know that we have truly turned a corner. God Bless you Coach Richt — Go Dawgs !!!!

kerryb

February 3rd, 2011
7:47 am

The Tan Man, Why don’t you take your moronic a** to another blog. Nobody cares about your comments in here.

JB

February 3rd, 2011
7:47 am

The Tan Man……Are you Drunk? Dawgs just came off a 6-7 season. Been down for two years. Someone writes an article everyday about Richt getting fired. And he pulls in a number 5 class in the Nation on top of all that AND HE’S ASLEEP. You are a hater. GET LOST

This is not Alabama!

February 3rd, 2011
7:48 am

Ok, TennesseeDawg, I wish UGA could have signed a big-time fullback, too. But remember this is not Alabama and UGA only had a limited number of scholarships to offer. Richt stands behind his scholarship commitments and so when a player doesn’t work out he doesn’t just get “cut” from the team so that UGA can go offer someone else.

kerryb

February 3rd, 2011
7:50 am

Clemson finished 8th in recruiting, UGA #5, UGA’s numbers for five and four star players were comparable to Bamas and FSU’s. They did not clean our clock. Matter of fact we took several top players away from Bama that was considering us and them. So your coment was pretty stupid.

JB

February 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

Tan man may be a unemployed Techie crying over this class they just got. In fairness, Tech picked up 3 or 4 good players…..But, Need more than that.

BIgDawgFan

February 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

Does anyone know where that kid from Pago Pago committed? Last I heard he was having problems with his grades and was thinking Junior college…

BobDawg

February 3rd, 2011
7:53 am

…. imagine having a 6′4″ 265lb fullback coming at you with a head of steam already! Whoa

Close the deal!

February 3rd, 2011
7:56 am

Let’s not forget that one more piece of business is unfinished from this signing class and that is to secure Mr. Jenkins @ nose guard! In my opinion, Jenkins is just as important to our defense as Crowell was to the offense. The 3-4 just will not work w/o a hoss in the middle.

The Tan Man

February 3rd, 2011
7:57 am

Rivals has Clempson with four 5 star players. kerryb you are a kool aid drinking idiot .

kerryb

February 3rd, 2011
7:58 am

When Jenkins signs on Saturday we will have 2 projected 5 star players and 13 four star players. thats the same as FSU so we should move up to 3 on the list.

kerryb

February 3rd, 2011
7:59 am

Tan Man, Rivals must not think much of Clemson’s five 5 star players if they have them ranked at 8th and UGA at 5th, moron.

kerryb

February 3rd, 2011
8:01 am

UGA is getting 14 four star players to Clemson’s 6. Thats not cleaning our clock, nimrod.

Close the deal!

February 3rd, 2011
8:01 am

One more thing, I have been as disappointed in the results on and off the field as anyone else the last couple of years. But with all that being considered this signing class was nothing less than a miracle!!! Coach Richt and his staff should be commended for working their tails off to get this thing turned around. Also, I think Mr. McGarity should be commended for pulling the trigger on the Boise St. game because that should help keep the team focused in the offseason to know they are not playing LA Lafayette the first game or some other cupcake. That first game also probably helped with recruiting. Will all this work? I don’t know, but at least these guys are trying and these last couple of weeks have helped to ease the pain of a disappointing season. Now let’s go win Saturday with Mr. Jenkins, stay out of trouble, and get ready for Boise St. IT”S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!!!!

Dawg_Mike

February 3rd, 2011
8:05 am

Fullback- Zander Ogletree?

roberto

February 3rd, 2011
8:06 am

From the “This Might Be A Dumb Question” file: What is a Mat Drill? I played football, a long time ago, and don’t know what it is.

Tater Tot

February 3rd, 2011
8:10 am

Johnson Says Friedgen In Play At UGA
02 FEBRUARY 2011

Kelin Johnson tweeted last night that Ralph Friedgen is in talks with UGA about the vacant offensive line position. This relationship was rumored last wekk but dismissed by several UGA beat writers. Maybe Kelin is in the know:

The Tan Man

February 3rd, 2011
8:13 am

Yawn….. whatever… Y’all wake me up when UGA wins anything of significance. Ive seen this movie too. BTW Gymnastics doesnt count.

Eat and Tweet

February 3rd, 2011
8:15 am

Kelin was at the Waffle House when he tweeted last night.

Tater Tot

February 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

Wish they had a Waffle House out here in Dallas Tx. I miss the food and the Waffle House song at 3am coming home from the clubs. LOL

Good Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

Mat drills = grueling conditioning drills that Richt brought from FSU. Some YouTube clips are available of them.

joey

February 3rd, 2011
8:23 am

Come on Jenkins!!!! GO DAWGS!!!! GATA

lefty fielder

February 3rd, 2011
8:24 am

cautiously optimistic . . . to quote a famous a-hole “georgia gets all that talent – i don’t know what happens to ‘em.”

Jborodawg

February 3rd, 2011
8:25 am

Amen, Calhoundawg. Games are won and lost on the LOS. We’re a running team; so yes, run on 2nd and long and pick up 5,6, 7 yards. Keep doing that and by the 4th quarter the other team is plain wo out. You especially do that if you have an inexperienced QB who throws INTs. And, don’t jump to the conclusion that I’m saying to do that on every 2nd and long. If you actually watched the games you’d have seen: Bobo did mix it up fairly well; the team didn’t always execute the called play very well; that the QB didn’t necessarily get better as the season progressed. And another one that gets me: that CMR “lacks fire”, just because he doesn’t act like an idiot on the sidelines. I’ve seen him get pretty fired up plenty of times. Go root for a Houston Nutt team if you want constant rantin’ and ravin’.

Back to the topic: hopefully Fig will do well at FB. As great as this recruiting class is and as good a job as the coaches did, I too wonder about not getting a D tackle and a FB. Did I miss something there?

CMR will get this thing turned around.