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Georgia football podcast: Reaction to the latest news involving UGA assistant coaches

SystemSystem Posts: 10,420 admin
edited February 23 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia football podcast: Reaction to the latest news involving UGA assistant coaches

Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for fans of the national champion Georgia Bulldogs. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart’s quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the college football world. On episode No. 2156(Feb. 23, 2024) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear the frontrunners and fan favorites to take over the UGA WR coaching position. Plus DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell and former UGA quarterback Jake Fromm join the show.

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    GtheGreekGtheGreek Posts: 922 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited February 23

    Terrance Edwards is the best pick for WR Coach....IMHO, Hines would be good for RB Coach to replace McGee.....both are names that would pull in recruits....stellar college and NFL records, but as I've said before.....Kirby is only picking those potential coaches that will blend in with every other coach to be part of the TEAM.....Kirby, knowing both individuals personally is by far the only one qualified to make this important decision, after all he is the HC and this is his TEAM until things ever go south.

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    randomsportsfanrandomsportsfan Posts: 18 ✭ Freshman

    Brandon Adams' claim that Cortez Hankton's tenure as UGA's WR coach was a failure is curious, as Hankton received an equal position at an SEC powerhouse LSU - WR coach and passing game coordinator - as opposed to getting demoted to an analyst position or having to go to a lower profile school. Further, since then has been promoted again to co-offensive coordinator.

    Also, look at the results: two WRs who will be first round picks this year (Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas, with even the 3rd WR Kyren Lacy having 7 TDs). Yes, Hankton probably didn't recruit those guys, but it is notable that all 3 significantly improved their production over 2022, indicating that Hankton can develop WRs. Hankton also had to handle an **** locker room situation with disgruntled Kayshon Boutte.

    So any problem that Hankton had at UGA was probably due to the talent on the roster. And UGA's issues attracting talented WRs is one that existed before Hankton arrived and has continued to exist after Hankton left. Indeed, it has lasted the entire 8 year Kirby Smart tenure. It has everything to do with Smart not having any WR in his tenure get more than 51 yards a game, which is what George Pickens put up in 2019 and Ladd McConkey in 2022. You can't be a #1 NFL pick with those numbers, and you need to blow up the combine like Pickens and Mecole Hardman did even to be a 2nd rounder. LSU's WRs put up big numbers - in Hankton's first year with UGA in 2019 Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson both had over 1500 yards, and their #3 WR Terrance Marshall had nearly 700 yards in 12 games, which is more per game than McConkey or Pickens - which is why they recruit top 100 receivers every year. Alabama started landing top 100 receivers when guys like Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy etc. started putting up big numbers and getting drafted high, and Clemson did the same during their peak Tajh Boyd/Deshaun Watson/Trevor Lawrence era too. Ohio State? Oklahoma? Same, and now Texas is landing big time WR recruits too.

    Of course, in 2021 and 2022, UGA proved that it is possible to win national titles WITHOUT top 100 recruits at WR. Plus it certainly looks like Michigan took UGA's blueprint and won a title with it, as Michigan's leading WR Roman Wilson is a 3 star recruit like Ladd McConkey and their TEs as a group were more highly regarded recruits than the WRs. But if your system de-emphasize WRs, then the best WR recruits are going to go where they can play a bigger role. It is no different from how the best defensive players avoid Lincoln Riley whether he is coaching at Oklahoma or USC (and why Bear Alexander's decision to go play for Riley probably wasn't the best). That's reality, so scapegoating players for wanting to be high NFL draft picks and scapegoating position coaches for not being able to land top talent doesn't cut it.

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