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When Georgia's game next month against LSU is complete, don't be surprised if Bulldog fullback Quayvon Hicks goes over and shakes J.C. Copeland's hand.
At 6-foot-1 and 272 pounds, LSU's official athletic website describes the Tiger fullback as "a wrecking ball in the backfield who takes pride in pancaking defensive linemen."
Hicks, who stands 6-2 and says he weighs 265, wants to do the same.
"You've got to be a man. This summer I spent time watching (Copeland) on film," said Hicks, who continues to battle Merritt Hall for the starting fullback spot. "He's very athletic to be as big as he is and just has the mentality that he's going to beat his man nine out of 10 times. He motivated me to stop working about perfecting, but just mastering the position and being a man because you're going to make mistakes."
That's basically the message that's been given Hicks by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
"Coach Bobo told me to use a defensive mentality to strike people, so basically I'm striking people at my position," said Hicks, who was primarily a defensive end/linebacker throughout his career at Pierce County High. "It's more technical, but I feel more like an offensive player now."
Wooten says depth impressive
Senior Rantavious Wooten has seen a lot of receivers come and go over the course of his Bulldog career.
But according to the Florida native, this year is starting to stand out above what he's witnessed before.
"We have guys who are basically interchangeable. It's real good. We can fill any position, which is unlike it was when I came in. When I came in, it was you play this position and that's it," Wooten said. "Now, we have all the pieces to have a great receiving corps. We have speed, we've got big guys, we've got quick guys, we've got guys who can take the short route, long. We've got the ability to be very versatile and utilize what we have."
Players are also willing to learn.
"Guys take constructive criticism and that's a big thing," he said. "Sometimes you get some hot-headed guys who don't take criticism as well as others but we've got guys who are willing to learn from each other."
That includes the current crop of newcomers, junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph, along with freshmen Uriah LeMay, Tramel Terry and Reggie Davis.
"I worked with Reggie personally one-on-one the whole summer," Wooten said. "We both play the Z and Y and he's got way better. He's hungry. He goes out and works hard, he's really fast. He's small but he's got some wheels."
Wooten likes what he sees from Rumph, LeMay and Terry as well.
"When you have guys like this it only adds to your arsenal and how Coach (Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo) can look at it," he said. "We're deep this year; we're looking to have a big year."
Freshman safety Tray Matthews was wearing a green non-contact jersey Sunday morning, although whatever the injury is, it does not appear serious.
Georgia officials declined to issue an injury report, but Matthews later said on Twitter "I'm good. Nothing to worry about."
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also said he did not expect Matthews to be out but for a "day or two."
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Georgia practiced for two hours Sunday morning, the second straight session in helmets and shoulder pads. "The returning guys have done a good job teaching the new guys over the summer and so far in camp of preparing mentally and physically to be ready from day one," said Todd Grantham. "We're only in day four of camp, and we're heading in the right direction. There's a lot of new faces and the first third of camp we have to evaluate the talent we have and see who can help us get back to Atlanta. Then, we have to develop those guys and get them in their roles and work on what they will see during the season from the teams we're playing. We aim to get better each day." Georgia will don the full pads for the first time during Monday morning's session.
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