August 30, 2007
Q&A with TE Coach David Johnson
With Tripp Chandler out for the first game due to a suspension, Bruce Figgins and NaDerris Ward are both trying to become the first freshman tight end at Georgia to start the majority of a season. Randy McMichael was the last freshman Bulldog tight end to start at least six games and Figgins and Ward are trying to unseat Chandler. Observing and making decisions about all of these young men is Tight Ends Coach David Johnson. Figgins will get the first look on Saturday, but either of them could get the majority of the snaps depending on performance. UGASports caught up with Coach Johnson to find out how Figgins and Ward were able to jump senior Coleman Watson and if they will be able to dethrone Chandler when he returns to action.
Q: How impressed have you been with Bruce Figgins since he arrived in Athens only a few months ago?
A: He is talented and has shown the ability to block and run routes. He has done a nice job and he comes from a nice high school program and that puts him ahead of the game. At the high school he came from he was very well-coached and he is used to working hard. So he was prepared coming in."
Is Figgins the most fully developed true freshman tight end you have seen?
He as developed and I am not sure he is the most developed I have seen. He has probably developed as fast as anyone we have had here."
Are you as surprised as the rest of us are at how fast Figgins has taken over at tight end?
Tripp Chandler has the job and he does not have the job yet. Tripp Chandler is the tight end. He has a good chance and we still have a lot of preparations to go. We will see how he tests out and does, but right now he is the leader and hopefully he will not blow a circuit between now and then. We will see what happens and it is still very tight. We will see what happens in our walkthroughs, practice, testing, film sessions, and all those other things."
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