Figgins Still a TE, but Ponders Move to FB

Figgins Still a TE, but Ponders Move to FB

ATHENS – Bruce Figgins was working with the backs, and not the tight ends, during Monday's Georgia football team practice.

How long that lasts, however, remains an open question.

The junior from Columbus, a tight end his entire college career, is getting reps at fullback after starter Shaun Chapas had ankle surgery.

But could it turn into a permanent move?

"We discussed it and it's something that could possibly happen," Figgins said. "I'm still at tight end. I really can't tell you what the future might hold. We'll get a good look at it now."

A look at the depth chart shows it might be a good idea: Orson Charles and Aron White are set at tight end, while the top two fullbacks – Chapas and Fred Munzenmaier – are both seniors.

Figgins has already lined up in the backfield in some double tight-end sets. But other aspects of the move would be problematic: He would have to slim down from his current 265 pounds, and he hasn't carried the ball since high school.

Still, Figgins' strong point at tight end was his blocking, so that could help.

"I'm just trying to get on the field, just trying to play," Figgins said. "Just being a contribution to the offense, it's fine with me."

Butler mulls his option

Punters don't get drafted very high, and they rarely go pro early. But Georgia's Drew Butler is still giving it some thought.

The junior has sent his name to the NFL draft advisory committee and is awaiting feedback on where he might get selected. Butler said his aim was for the fourth round.

"That's an opportunity I'd have to think about," Butler said.

His father, former NFL and Georgia kicker Kevin Butler, appears to be on the side of coming back. Drew Butler said his dad advised him that "the NFL isn't going anywhere."

On the other hand …

Something else to add to the cacophony of evidence that A.J. Green will not be returning: Last week the star receiver took the potential NFL lockout off the table as a factor in his decision, and on Sunday he seemed to downgrade the importance of his four-game suspension earlier this year. Previously, he had said he felt like he may owe Georgia another year because of it. Asked again on Sunday, he seemed to back down a bit.

"Stuff happens in life. It made me a better person. I'm not gonna sit over and get depressed over it. It happened, it's done, I had a great season this year. I came out strong. So it's behind me now."

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