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June 16, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. - Shaun Chapas came to a stark realization the other day when Georgia's running backs got together to talk about the start of summer drills.
Suddenly, he was one of the oldest guys in the room.
"That was kind of weird," Chapas said. "Me, Fred [Munzenmaier] and [Justin] Fields, I think it hit us all. It was weird in the sense that it seems like we just got here.
It's a different feel for sure, but I like it and I'm looking forward to the season."
So far, Chapas likes what he's seen.
With summer workouts now stretching into their second week, Chapas said that participation has been 100 percent, and the freshmen seem to be adapting quite well.
"One thing I can tell is everyone is very eager to learn," Chapas said. "Everybody is ready to learn and to get the ball rolling. I remember my first pass skel and I was nervous, not knowing what to do. But the guys I've seen, they all seem to be having fun and enjoying it. You can tell there's some real talent in that class just by the way they move and run, along with their speed."
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Chapas, who established himself as the Bulldogs' starting fullback during former teammate Brannan Southerland's injury-plagued senior campaign, didn't pick a favorite when asked about the battle that remains to determine Georgia's starting tailback.
Running backs coach Bryan McClendon has said that the starter won't be determined until August, with Caleb King, Carlton Thomas, Dontavius Jackson, Richard Samuel, Kalvin Daniels and Washaun Ealey each receiving equal opportunity to prove that they are the man for the job.
Chapas can't wait to see how the battle shakes out.
"I'm pulling for all of them," he said. "I was telling someone yesterday that every one of those guys who are here is trying to get better and doing what they are supposed to do. As long as everybody keeps working like we are we're going to be fine."