Ching reports that Ward and Figgins are the top two at tight end now.
I’ve said it before – there’s a primary reason not to redshirt Figgins. He may be a true freshman, but he’s a polished blocker:
Figgins’ technically sound game has impressed his coaches in preseason practice, particularly his capability as a blocker. It helps his cause that at 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, he already looks the part of a college tight end.
“He looked ready physically when camp began and he’s learning,” Richt said. “He’s a very good blocker. He was a great blocker in high school and he’s beginning to really get good at the college level, so that helps him.”
A decision like this indicates that the coaches believe the offensive linemen need help early in the season. I suspect that’s another reason why Thomas Brown is the #1 tailback right now, as well.