ATHENS - Detric Bing-Dukes, who signed this year and began the preseason as an inside linebacker, has moved to fullback for the duration of this season, he said Tuesday.
The news is a strong indication that returning starter Merritt Hall, a junior, will not be back anytime soon. Hall, who started seven games over the past two seasons, is dealing with a concussion, according to a source.
Head coach Mark Richt has declined to release injury info thus far this season. Bing-Dukes said he wasn't told about Hall's situation.
Bing-Dukes said he's been working with the first and second team at fullback. Quayvon Hicks, who played fullback the past two years, has apparently remained with the tight ends and H-backs.
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Listed at 6-foot and 232 pounds, Bing-Dukes was a three-star prospect coming out of Tucker High School. He did play some fullback in high school, making the transition a bit easier.
"I have a lot to learn, but I'm a quick learner," he said, adding later: "It's not tough at all. I didn't mind doing it."
He kept the door open to moving back to inside linebacker, calling the move to fullback "just for this year." But he said he embraced the move for this season.
"I wanted to help out the team," Bing-Dukes said. "If I could see the field faster - and I could see the field faster playing fullback. I feel like it's a win-win situation."