ATHENS — Quayvon Hicks has played his last game at Georgia, as a leg injury will prevent him playing in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl.
Hicks, a fullback, is with the team in Jacksonville, but interim head coach Bryan McClendon confirmed that Hicks, who was on crutches, will not play. That means the end of the senior’s career at Georgia.
“Anytime you see a guy that goes through things like that it’s tough to see,” said McClendon, who was Hicks’ position coach from 2012-14. “But you put as much into those guys to make sure that they understand there’s more value to them outside of what they do out here between those white lines. So he still has a lot to look forward to, obviously as it moves on, both on and off the field. But you do hate seeing stuff like that happen.”
Christian Payne remains the starter at fullback, while Glenn Welch becomes the top back-up. Both are walk-ons.
There were many flashes from Hicks the past four years, showing the blend of athleticism and size he brought to the position. But his blocking kept him from being a consistent starter; he started six games each as a sophomore and junior, but was behind Payne most of this year, at least when Payne was healthy.
Hicks finishes his career with 23 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns, two of those touchdowns last year. He also had 12 catches for 132 yards. Hicks had four carries for nine yards this season and three catches for 34 yards.