“It feels good just to have that trust and show the coaches that I’m capable of being in the position I am now,” said 6-foot-2, 257-pound junior from Blackshear. “… But I’ll play wherever I’m needed. That’s why I came into this program, to be able to grow into my body and show the coaches that I’m dependable. So wherever the coaches need, that’s my mindset. I’m more all for the team now. I like to make plays, but I’m all for the team first and wherever I’m needed and where I’m trusted is where I’ll be.”
Hicks said he hasn’t worked with the fullbacks since UGA had to medically disqualify Merritt Hall a week ago. But he’s confident he’ll know what to do if he’s asked to. Meanwhile, he’s concentrating on refining the skills he’ll need for his new position.
“He’s a pretty good point-of-attack blocker,” Richt said. “His pass-protection blocking needs help, like most tight ends. There’s certain routes that he does well and some he needs to continue to work on. So he’s still a work in progress, but he’s done enough where we can play ball with him.”