Fullback Quayvon Hicks has become a weapon for the Georgia offense
Sept. 18, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Hype can sometimes be a very difficult thing to live up to and very few things have been as hyped as the Georgia offense going into the 2013 season. Through two games against two top-10 opponents the Bulldogs have more than lived up to it.
Georgia’s offense has averaged 38 points and 540.5 yards per game through a 38-35 defeat to then-No. 8 Clemson and a 41-30 victory over then-No. 6 South Carolina. After becoming the highest scoring offense in school history in 2012, the 2013 version is looking to be even better. Despite the teams success against South Carolina scoring 41 points and racking up 536 yards, tailback Keith Marshall still believes there is room for improvement.
“We just want to keep getting better every week in every aspect. We’ve been focusing on a lot of little things,” Marshall said. “We played a really good game against South Carolina, but there are still a lot of things we can work on so that’s what we’re focusing on.”
Central to everything the Georgia offense has done the previous two years has been senior quarterback Aaron Murray. The Tampa, Fl., native is already the first quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons in SEC history. In 2012 he broke single-season school records in passing yardage (3,825 yards), single season touchdown passes (36 TD passes), and touchdown responsibility (39 TD’s).
With his next touchdown pass, Murray will record the 100th of his career. Despite all the success ha has experienced throughout his career, Murray still remembers his first touchdown pass.
“It’s definitely been a successful three years and two games thus far, but hopefully there will be a lot more to come. That would be great,” he said. “My first one was to Kris Durham on a little back-shoulder fade. That was exciting.”
The Bulldogs had to replace only one starter on offense this season with Tavarres King being drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The need for a new name to emerge was made more important when Malcolm Mitchell tore his ACL early in Georgia’s loss to Clemson.
Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the new season has the emergence of two new weapons for the Georgia offense in two sophomores; wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley and fullback Quayvon Hicks. Scott-Wesley leads the team in receiving yards with his seven receptions going for 171 yards and a touchdown. Hicks has carried the ball seven times for 66 yards and a touchdown and has caught two passes for 61 yards.
Murray said that the speed Scott-Wesley, who is also a member of the Georgia track team, possesses, makes him valuable to the offense.
“He’s definitely the fastest, by far,” Murray said. “I have to speed up my footwork [to get the ball to him]. I had to do it with A.J. [Green] when he was here. I had to speed up my footwork a little bit and get the ball out a little earlier and then just kind of throw it as far as I can. For those guys it’s never far enough, they’re going to catch up to it. They have speed and then once the ball is in the air they have another gear and they’re able to catch up to it.”
While Hicks is experiencing his breakout season in his sophomore season, head coach Mark Richt said it was no surprise to him that Hicks has reached his current level of play.
“With Quayvon, we saw it in the spring. We felt like he was taking the job over in the spring,” Richt said. “We saw it as a freshman that he had it physically, but he just didn’t know his assignments well enough to overtake Merritt (Hall). So it wasn’t a total surprise to use because we saw it happening before it happened in games.”
The Bulldogs offense looks to continue its record breaking pace this Saturday when Georgia welcomes the North Texas Mean Green to Sanford Stadium. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 12:21 E.T. and will be televised live on SEC TV.