Of all the ways to lose a player, this is perhaps the worst, both for the team and the athlete himself. Georgia starting fullback Merritt Hall has been medically disqualified due to concussions, and will thusly be unable to continue his career as a Georgia Bulldog.
This is indeed some sad news for the Bulldogs, as well as for Hall and his family.
News: Hutson Mason says fullback Merritt Hall has been medically disqualified, ending Hall’s playing career. Hall had a concussion.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) August 13, 2014
“He was pretty upset about it. He said he wanted to stay involved as much as he could without having to coach,” Mason said, via Emerson’s story. “You just feel bad for the kid. And you just realize how tough a position that is, you’re kind of just sacrificing your body and your head. Those concussions are so serious.”
The only positive light that can be shone on this story is that since he is being medically disqualified, Hall will be able to remain on scholarship for his last two years at Georgia, and it will not count against the team’s scholarship cap.
The loss of Hall, who was projected to be the starter, leaves some questions for the Bulldogs at a position that is of the utmost importance to the Georgia running attack. The options at fullback are varied, but none as experienced as Hall, other than Quayvon Hicks, who looks to be spending more of his field time (he thought) playing tight end.
For now, freshman Detric Bing-Dukes has been moved from linebacker to fullback in what he described as a “one-year move” as he plans to move back to defense next year.