More from Richt on the deployment of Bruce Figgins this season:
“When you have a fullback that can play that position legitimately and tight end legitimately, it gives you some diversity when he’s in the game.” Richt said. “What it does is defenses, they like to know who’s in the game. By personnel, they want to know what’s going on, and if you have guys who can be more than one thing then when that personnel group is in the game, they’re not sure exactly how you’re going to line up, what it’s going to entail. It gives them less of a clue.”
Judging from this quote from Arthur Lynch, it may be that there’s more than lip service being paid to the idea.
… Lynch said the thought crossed his mind to ask to take on an H-back/fullback role like Figgins.
“I think that’s where offense is kind of going right now, that hybrid kind of thing,” Lynch said. “I think that was great for Bruce. He had a great spring last year and expected more and now he’s excited about his role. He obviously did a good job in bowl practice and some games during the year when he did play.”
When I first heard the news about the move, my reaction was that Figgins was being Tripped by the coaches, who really didn’t have a place for him in the offense. But now I’m starting to think they’ve backed into something which may pay a few dividends this season. We’ll see.