The Georgia Bulldogs’ rushing attack took a hit on Wednesday when it was reported that fullback Merritt Hall’s career was over. The university has not yet confirmed the news, but from the sound of quarterback Hutson Mason, it’s all but official.
“I talked to him yesterday on the bus coming back from Ramsey (on the Bulldogs’ pool day) and he was obviously pretty upset about it,” Mason said. “He said he wanted to stay involved as much as he could without having to coach or be a G.A. You just feel bad for the kid and you realize how tough a position that is. You’re kind of just sacrificing your body and your head. Those concussions are so serious.”
“Merritt said it wasn’t really necessarily how many concussions he had it was how he responded to that last concussion and the symptoms he was having that kind of threw a red flag,” Mason stated.
While Georgia has options to turn to, and a loaded stable of running backs – led by (arguably) the nation’s best in Todd Gurley – who are capable of creating on their own, losing a road paver like Hall is less than ideal. The Bulldogs like to work out of a pro-style offense and create lanes for their skilled running backs using a fullback. It’ll be interesting moving forward to see if the loss of Hall effects offensive game planning for the season.
According to Dog Bytes Online, linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes has been taking reps at fullback this week, and Taylor Maxey and Christian Payne are also getting work at the position.
Fans will get their first glimpse of a Hall-less team on Saturday, August 30th against Clemson in the season opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.