Georgia football notes: Former Shaw High star Bruce Figgins scores touchdown in Bulldogs' win over Idaho State

semerson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 7, 2010 

ATHENS, Ga. — Former Shaw tight end Bruce Figgins got in the scoring parade Saturday. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray with 1:01 left in the first half. It gave Georgia a 41-0 lead.

Figgins also returned returned a kickoff for 6 yards in the fourth quarter.

Figgins, who missed all of last season after having shoulder surgery in January, has played in all 10 games this season. He is listed on the depth chart as the third-string tight end.

His touchdown catch in Saturday‘s game was his second catch of the season.

Ogletree gets his shot

Freshman Alec Ogletree got his first defensive start Saturday, becoming the third safety to start alongside Bacarri Rambo this year.

The coaches put Ogletree with the first team Monday, and told him that he would stay there if he kept working hard the rest of the week.

“I was excited, with it being my first start,” Ogletree said. “But, like I said, I’ve been working hard all year, trying to earn a spot on that field. It just so happened this week that they had enough faith in me to go out and make plays.”

Ogletree, who made three tackles and blocked a punt, is regarded by coaches as having perhaps the best physical tools among Georgia’s defensive backs. It’s just been a matter of the freshman learning the system.

“He’s a very special player, physically,” coach Mark Richt said. “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast, and he can really do it. All the things that people thought about him in high school, he is that and more. He just needs the experience. We’ll continue to get him more experience. ”

Technically, it wasn’t Ogletree’s first career start: He appeared at wide receiver to begin the Kentucky game.

Boykin must wait

Brandon Boykin finished the game the same way he entered it: 22 yards away from breaking the school’s career record for kickoff return yards.

Idaho State kicked off only twice. The game’s opening kickoff went short and was returned by Shaun Chapas. Then Boykin wasn’t on the field in the fourth quarter, the next time Idaho State kicked off.

Boykin, who said he didn’t know about the record until last week, said he knew after the opening kickoff he probably would have to wait until the Auburn game.

“Pretty much, I feel like if I didn’t get it opening kickoff, I probably wouldn’t get a chance, because the defense is definitely going to try to hold them to nothing,” Boykin said. “I think we did a pretty good job of that, pretty much until the end of the game.”

Tribute to late MSU player

The Bulldogs wore “36” on their helmets to honor Nick Bell, the Mississippi State player who died from cancer Monday. Bell started at defensive end Sept. 25 against Georgia. “We just wanted to commemorate that young man,” Richt said.

… Georgia kicker Blair Walsh tied his career long with a 53-yard field goal in the first quarter. He is now 8-for-12 from 50 yards or more in his career. The Bulldogs used backup kicker Brandon Bogotay in the second half; He scored his first career point with a point-after, but missed a 35-yard field goal. … The 48-point margin of victory tied for the biggest in Richt’s 10 years as coach. The first was in this season’s opener, when the Bulldogs beat Louisiana-Lafayette by an identical score.

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