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Georgia Vs. Kentucky: Merritt Hall goes from walk-on to starter

UGA fullback Merritt Hall was one of a handful of walk-ons to receive a scholarship, and now finds himself blocking for the Dogs' talented young RB duo.

Scott Cunningham

Georgia Bulldogs fullback Merritt Hall has fulfilled the dream of almost every walk-on by going from not having a guaranteed roster spot to being named a starter, writes Yousef Baig of the Athens Banner-Herald. Hall, a preferred walk-on from Alpharetta, Ga., with just two rushing yards to his name on the season, said he has enjoyed blocking for the freshman running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

Hall was one of a handful of Georgia walk-ons to receive a scholarship:

"It's one of the best feelings I've ever had once I got it. It kind of made me work even harder to keep it and show the coaches that I deserved it by practicing hard every day on the practice field."

Hall said he doesn't mind not getting to cary the ball much, though he would like to score a touchdown. Georgia coach Mark Richt said he has liked what little he has seen out of Hall rushing the ball:

"We've already seen just a couple opportunities of him running the football. He's going to hammer it in there and he's not going to be an easy guy to bring down. He's a very tough kid."

No. 13 Georgia is on the road on Saturday to play Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by FOX Sports South.

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