Figgins will get look in 2007

Bruce Figgins

ATHENS – Tight end Bruce Figgins apparently has moved to the head of the freshmen class.

Figgins is the most likely of Georgia's true freshmen to see the field this season, Coach Mark Richt has indicated. The 253-pounder from Columbus has made a quick impression based mainly on his size and strength.

"Right now, we're expecting Figgins to get ready to play," Richt said. "I think physically he could hold up at tight end today, and he's a quick learner, and I think he wants to play. All those things are pointing to saying he's got a good chance to play, but we'll just let it play out a little bit."

Figgins was the less-heralded of Georgia's tight end signees, but Aron White, who was rated the nation's top tight end by one recruiting service, is playing wide receiver for now because he weighs just 230 pounds.

The one-game suspension of starting tight end Tripp Chandler won't have any effect on Figgins' status, Richt said, but the Bulldogs may need him regardless of Chandler's status. Chandler and former Bulldog Leonard Pope both played as true freshman as third-teamers.

Chandler, Figgins, redshirt freshman Na Derris Ward and senior Coleman Watson are Georgia's only scholarship tight ends.

"I think once I get the playbook down and the speed of the game, I'll be ready to play," Figgins said. "It's just taking in so much at a time."

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