June 6, 2008

Fields moves to fullback

Friday's news that fullback Brannan Southerland will be lost to the team for 16 weeks while he recovers from foot surgery has apparently hastened the move of another teammate from the defensive side of the ball.

Backup linebacker Justin Fields has been moved to fullback, his father Jamie Fields confirmed to UGASports Friday night.

Fields said that his son had already talked to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and running backs coach Tony Ball about the switch.

A 6-1, 244-pounder, Fields is a redshirt sophomore for the Bulldogs who was named the 2007 Scout Team Player of the Year.

With Southerland out, Fields will serve as the backup to Sean Chapas who will likely start at fullback, while fellow backup Fred Munzenmaier serves a two-game suspension for underage possession/consumption of alcohol.

A graduate of Calvary Baptist Day School in Savannah, Fields was a three-time All-Region linebacker in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and holds the school career sack record with 22.5 and career tackle mark with 406.

He was also a four-year letterman on the baseball team that won three region championships, a state championship and a state runner-up title.

Southerland, who underwent successful surgery Friday, sustained a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot at the end of last season and underwent surgery to repair the fracture.

Tests performed this week revealed the development of a stress fracture in the same bone in a different location from the initial injury and surgery was performed to repair this fracture. The surgery was performed by Joe Johnson, MD at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.

According to UGA Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson, a full recovery is expected; however, the projected recovery time is approximately 16 weeks, meaning Southerland will miss pre-season practices and games early in the season.

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