June 8, 2007

Southerland back to fundamentals

The Georgia Bulldogs have one of the best fullbacks in the country in junior Brannan Southerland. Southerland was one of the most productive fullbacks in the country racking up an impressive team high ten touchdowns last season (eight rushing, two receiving) in just 60 offensive touches (46 rushes, 14 pass receptions).

Given the great season Southerland had he could have coasted through spring practice, but instead running backs coach Tony Ball and Southerland worked on improving his blocking as well as his fundamentals as well as preparing for the future with the two redshirt freshmen fullbacks.

Coach Ball wants Southerland and the other fullbacks to use their hands and their whole body to block rather than bashing people with their shoulders which many players get away with in high school.

"They type of blocking that coach Ball is stressing because is it is a different technique than I was taught in high school," said Southerland. "Instead of using my shoulders to block, I am using my hands a lot more and it is hard to shake the old habit. I am not quite there yet, but I think I am finally making the steps to get there."

Coach Ball liked what he saw from Southerland this spring and he was encouraged by Southerland's desire to learn. Coach Ball hopes over the summer all of the changes click for Southerland and he is ready to go when fall camp opens.

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