Originally, I thought the move of Hicks to H-back was a quasi-gimmick, based on a shortage of bodies at tight end and on Hicks not being the best blocking option at fullback. But based on something Emerson wrote yesterday, I’m starting to rethink that a bit.
It turns out that Quayvon Hicks won’t be alone at the newly-installed H-back spot.
Freshman Jeb Blazevich, who signed as a tight end, will also be at H-back, according to Bobo. The position is a hybrid of fullback and tight end, and while it’s been used for a long time at the pro level, it’s new to Georgia’s offense.
Hicks and Blazevich will both participate in the tight ends meetings, and be coached by tight ends coach John Lilly. But they will also work with running backs coach Bryan McClendon for some drills.
Bobo indicated that how much the H-back is incorporated in the offense is yet to be decided.
“We’re gonna have to see really how it unfolds as a team, offensively, what our best personnel groups, and what our identity becomes, for us to move the ball,” Bobo said. “And that changes year to year. Everybody sees Georgia as two-back team, which we do, but last year we were a one-back team 74 percent of the time, with three receivers, one tight end, one back. So it’s really going to depend on who our best personnel is who gives us the best chance to move the ball.”
If he’s serious about using the position, there are a lot of tantalizing things he could do with it. Consider me intrigued at this point.