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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog
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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. When Kelee Ringoshared his college decision with the world at the All-American Bowl, it was a starter's pistol for a torrent of news regarding the Georgia football program.

The Saguaro High senior (Scottsdale, Ariz.) standout signed during the early period but kept it all on the hush until that live NBA announcement back on Jan. 4.

It seems like a full Netflix season binge of drama has taken place since then: Assistant coach Scott Fountain leaving. Jake Fromm leaving. Cade Mays leaving. Solomon Kindley leaving. Monty Rice staying. Malik Herring staying. Eric Stokes staying. Richard LeCounte III staying. Jamie Newman coming. Tre McKitty coming.

This seems like a good chance to reset just what Ringo's decision meant for the program. Let's start with the fact he is the highest-rated signee in the nation's No. 3 class. Ringo will slot in at No. 8 nationally for 2020 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.

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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

It makes sense to begin with a common scouting debate with Ringo. That would be his eventual college position.

Most take one look at Ringo and check the size here. 6 feet. 2 inches. 205 pounds. Still growing.

A common back-and-forth will then ensue. He's already that big. It isn't outlandish to project that he will wind up as a future elite NFL safety in the Minkah Fitzpatrick.

That's what Fitzpatrick was at Alabama. If a player is already that big in high school, he better be special to remain a cornerback in college.

Ringo just might be that type of player. The discovery process with that begins with checking the film. Qa

Watch him work. Consider that 4.35 laser time in the 40.

Saguaro High School coach Jason Mohns has been privy to a lot of those talks. Especially to that specific parley about whether Ringo's long-term future is at cornerback or safety.

"Everybody that first sees him goes he is probably a safety right?" Mohns said. "You're not used to seeing corners that are that big and that physical. But the kid is a 10.4 state champion in the 100 meters. He's a back-to-back 100 meters champion in the state of Arizona. He ran the fastest time in the state last year. So why do you need to move him?"

"He's got great feet. He's got great hips. He's got tremendous speed. He's got great length. He's got the instincts of a great cornerback. He's what I have heard described as a unicorn. They don't make them like Kelee. That is what makes him so unique and so special."

"He can play that corner position. Now you've got a boundary corner that can match up with everybody who is trying to get those big-bodied receivers and single them up into the boundary. Now you've got a guy who can go up and he can physically match those guys."

Mohns makes a logical case. Who else is going to cover guys like George Pickens and Ja'Marr Chase?

Instead of wondering about a safety switch given his size, Could this actually be a case of bringing a player into the program who can go step-for-step with those guys? Rather than a position switch given his size?

What if Ringo is that dude who can potentially neutralize the Chases and the Jerry Jeudys over four quarters of a big SEC championship-type game?

"There just aren't that many guys like that walking around," Mohns said. "Number one you have to start with his speed. His closing speed is unreal. I think his physicality and his length really make him special. The combination of those three things and the ability to really get up in a guy's face to be physical and then open up his hips and run with him is a rare combination."

Ringo just might be that unicorn.

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Kelee Ringo: The things DawgNation needs to know

Mohns can describe Ringo in a few phrases: Freak athlete. Passion and love for the game. Desire to be great.

He shared two essential Ringo stories DawgNation needs to know them. Especially for those that are thinking of wearing his No. 5 jersey in Sanford Stadium one day.

The first one of those tales will go back to his sophomore year. That's when the 5-star moved from his native Washington to Arizona.

It was certainly a period of transition. Starting with the fact he was moving from receiver to cornerback.

Saguaro was a little thin at cornerback that summer. They needed to see if Ringo could play that position for is used to winning Arizona state championships.

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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

This story begins in the middle of summer in July.

He was working out with his new Sabercat teammates in what was seen as "the middle of monsoon season" in Arizona.

"It will rain and then the next day it will be 115 degrees outside so there is actually humidity which we usually don't get in Arizona," Mohns said. "We had a morning workout. It was his first day there and about halfway through the practice he was ready to go back home to Washington."

Bryant Westbrook, the former No. 5 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, was his new cornerback coach at Saguaro. Westbrook was also a former All-American cornerback at the University of Texas.

"We just had a long talk with him," Mohns said. "Our defensive backs coach Bryant Westbrook had a long talk with him about trusting the process. The whole reason why he came out to Arizona to be with his mom and play at a program like ours. He bought it. He believed in it. It was hard that first couple of weeks and the first couple of months were tough for him."

The Sabrecats guessed right about the position fit.

"We knew about five minutes in that kid was special," Mohns said. "He had been a running back and a receiver but we could tell five minutes in that he had it. He has so fluid with his feet and his hips and his transition into his pedal. He took to it right away, got better and better and started every game for us for three years."

The other story comes from this year. It was his All-American year as a senior. It would prove to be the first time since the 2012 season that Saguaro didn't win a state title in Arizona.

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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

"The thing that will stick with me is our starting tailback, who was a Division I kid and over a 2,200-yard rusher, went down in the first half of week two," Mohns said. "We didn't really have another guy who was the next guy and so after the game I went to Kelee and said Hey Kelee I think we need to get you involved on offense and get you the ball' and he said Coach I got you' and Whatever you need' and never once hesitated."

There was some potential for him to do just that. That's not lost on Mohns. It is what makes that story stand out.

"Obviously a kid who is a 5-star," Mohns said. "He has his future ahead of him playing cornerback. He took a big risk running the ball. He stepped up for his team. He became a leader as a senior. I just think what he did for his team was special and a lot of kids in his situation might be concerned about getting dinged up or they were thinking about their future. His only concern was our team and thinking about what was best for our team and that was pretty special."

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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

Kelee Ringo: What he will bring to the Georgia program

There are currently three former members of the Saguaro team who are now in the NFL. He is going to go up on the All-American wall at Saguaro for the football tea and yet Mohns said he was the first to be voted as a team captain for an All-American Game.

"He is going to be someone who is talked about for a long time on our campus," Mohns said.

What will Ringo bring to the Georgia program?

"He's going to bring a tremendous level of talent to their secondary," Mohns said. "To match up with the kind of receivers you are going to match up with in the SEC. He's also going to bring a passion for the game. If you spend any time around him, he's got a bright smile. His personality and his energy is contagious and guys like being around him."

There was the time during All-American week when a DawgNation forum reader watched a seven-minute interview clip with Ringo and counted up dozens and dozens of "yessirs" laced throughout the conversation.

That was not just Ringo when the cameras were rolling.

"He's very humble and very respectful and just a genuinely good kid," Mohns said. "He's a good heart and he cares about doing the right thing. But he want to win, too. That's another thing. He's not just a sweetheart that is just going to come in and be everyone's pal. He wants to win. He wants to be great and he wants to do it the right way. That's what makes him so special."

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Kelee Ringo: A 5-star forecast for his future as a Georgia Bulldog

Ringo on Ringo: What he told DawgNation about his decision

Check out the featured interview slot at the top of this page. That's about seven minutes of Ringo on all things Ringo.

He breaks down just how important Georgia RB signee Kendall Milton was to his decision and why they plan to be roommates in Athens when he arrives this summer.

Ringo also shared why Texas was the early leader in his decision and what Georgia had to do to overcome that early Longhorn lead.

What else is in there? Well, there's a full video clip of him announcing that he had signed to play Georgia, but also other topics like.

  • Why did he choose to sign with Georgia?
  • How close was it?
  • When did he start to feel like Georgia was the school for him?
  • His father is a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy. How much of an impact has his service made on his life?
  • What does he plan to accomplish at Georgia?
  • Which current player on the team and future teammate does he know well?

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  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center broke ground today on the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project, which includes replacing the oldest section of the hospital – built 100 years ago – with a new, seven-story patient tower.    Hospital staff and community members gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction.    “This groundbreaking is a huge milestone for our hospital’s project and we’re very excited to be celebrating this with our community,” said Piedmont Athens Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Burnett. “We appreciate everyone who joined us to celebrate as we say goodbye to some of the oldest patient hospital rooms in Georgia and welcome a newly-constructed, state-of-the art building to our hospital’s campus.”    In October 2018, Piedmont Athens Regional officially kicked off the expansion and renovation project, with the first phase including the addition of a new patient unit on the hospital’s Prince Tower II, located on the corner of Prince and King avenues.   With the final phase, the hospital’s construction team – DPR Construction – will begin the process of building the new patient tower, replacing what is known as the 1919 Tower.    The 1919 Tower, which is a section of the hospital’s Prince Tower I, is currently the oldest section of the hospital, built 100 years ago when the hospital first opened as a three-story, 100-bed community hospital that featured two operating rooms, a delivery room and a 24-member medical staff.    The new tower that will replace the 1919 Tower will stand seven-stories high, which includes a basement and lobby level, and will feature state-of-the-art equipment and replace outdated patient and staff areas. It also will improve wayfinding and the overall experience for patients, visitors and staff.   “This new tower will have a more modern look and feel, and these changes are intended to foster safe, efficient patient flow and minimize delays while our staff deliver high-quality patient-centered care to our patients,” said David Sailors, M.D., vascular surgeon and chair of Piedmont Athens Regional’s Board of Directors. “As Piedmont Athens Regional says goodbye to the 1919 Tower, it welcomes a state-of-the-art, newly renovated space that will ultimately provide a better experience for our patients and better serve our community.”   Piedmont Athens Regional’s new patient tower will also feature a retail pharmacy, café and resource center for patients and visitors.    Construction is estimated to be completed in 2022. Once complete, the hospital’s capacity will remain at 359 beds.      “We’re very grateful for the support of our community during this construction project,” said Burnett. “The Piedmont Athens Regional team is looking forward to continuing serve the healthcare needs of those in Athens-Clarke and surrounding communities through this new addition to our hospital.”  
  • A 21-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed Wednesday evening while walking through Lula, authorities said. State troopers were dispatched to the fatal pedestrian crash near City Hall about 7:30 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol said in a statement. The woman killed was identified as Lula resident Stacey Lynn Cash. Investigators determined Cash was walking north on Main Street when a woman driving the opposite direction struck and killed her. Cash was wearing dark clothing and walking in the roadway when she was struck, police said. The driver who hit her will not be charged.
  • The Morton Theatre marks an anniversary with a concert: the Morehouse College Glee Club performs, 7 o’clock tonight at the Morton on Washington Street in downtown Athens. The Morton Theatre is celebrating its 110th anniversary. From the Morton Theatre website…   The Morton Theatre Corporation presents the internationally acclaimed Morehouse College Glee Club in concert at the Morton Theatre. Join us as we continue to celebrate the Morton's 110th Anniversary Season! #LiveAtTheMorton  DATE & TIME: Friday, January 24, 2020; 7:00 PM   PRESENTED BY: Morton Theatre Corporation ADMISSION: $25 Orchestra Level, $20 Balcony Seats
  • Engineering and technology researchers from around the world will gather at the University of Georgia next month for REV2020, the 17th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation. More than 100 faculty members, students and industry representatives are expected to attend the conference, which will be held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel Feb. 25 through Feb. 28. The theme of the conference – “Cross Reality and Data Science in Engineering” – focuses on topics such as online engineering, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things, including remote engineering and virtual instrumentation. “In a globally connected world, the interest in online collaboration, teleworking, remote services and other digital working environments is rapidly increasing,” said Dominik May, an assistant professor in UGA’s Engineering Education Transformations Institute and the conference organizer. “The objective of this conference is to contribute and discuss fundamentals, applications and experiences in the fields of online and remote engineering, virtual instrumentation and other related new technologies.” The conference will feature keynotes by international researchers and industry leaders from companies including UL, Siemens and Phoenix Contact. Keynote topics include Data Science and Big Data in Asia; Meaningful Learning with Technologies; and Big Data – The Data-Driven Approach to Education of the Future? Workshops, tutorials and research presentations round out the conference agenda. REV2020 is hosted by the University of the Georgia College of Engineering, the International Association of Online Engineering, UGA’s Engineering Education Transformations Institute, and UGA’s Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education.
  • University of Georgia professor Richard Winfield (pictured above) says he is a candidate for the US Senate: Winfield, who teaches philosophy at UGA, will run as a Democrat in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Johnny Isakson, who stepped down in December and was replaced by Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler. She was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp. This is Winfield’s second try for elective office: he waged an unsuccessful congressional campaign two years ago.    28 year-old AJ Spitzner is an IT specialist in Butts County: the Newton County native says he will run as a Democrat for the US House seat now held by Republican Jody Hice. Hice represents the 10th House District that covers most of Athens-Clarke County. 

Bulldog News

  • ATHENS Georgia basketball returns to the friendly confines of Stegeman Coliseum where the team is 9-1 his season, seemingly, just in time. The Bulldogs (11-7. 1-4 SEC) play host to Ole Miss (9-9, 0-5) at 5:30 p.m. (TV: SEC Network) in desperate need of a victory to rekindle any sort of NCAA tournament hopes. The fan support is certainly there. The only remaining Georgia home basketball games with tickets available this season are South Carolina (Feb. 12) and Auburn (Feb. 19). This, even though virtually no one outside the program is projecting Coach Tom Crean's young team, filled with nine freshmen on the roster, to make the so-called Big Dance. Even with projected NBA lottery pick Anthony Edwards on the roster. Still, sophomore Tye Fagan and freshman Toumani Camara confirmed that is indeed the long-term season goal, even if the focus never goes beyond one game. 'Most definitely, without a doubt, we take each game one at a time so we're not thinking so far into the future,' said Fagan, who's coming off a 6-of-6, 13-point shooting performance at Kentucky last Tuesday. 'But that is the goal.' The surge from the 6-foot-8 Camara over the last 12 games, has provided a boost. Camara is UGA's second leading rebounder (5.2 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (7.6 ppg) and minutes played (26.9 mpg) in that span. But the Bulldogs, No. 56 in the projected RPI rankings, had better get back on the winning track and take advantage of the softer stretch of the schedule. After opening the 2020 with six opponents and seven games against teams that played in last year's NCAA tournament and going 2-4 in that stretch so far, with wins at Memphis and against Tennessee Georgia's schedule lightens up this week. Saturday's Ole Miss home game is followed by a road trop to Missouri (9-9, 1-5) on Tuesday, and then a home game with Texas A&M (9-8, 3-3) next Saturday. Crean, understandably, isn't losing sight of the task at hand against the Rebels. ' Right now we're focused on how we get ready for Ole Miss,' Crean said. 'I had the number one team in the country and wasn't talking about the NCAA Tournament, back at Indiana. 'What you do is you focus. We're in late January here. We focus on the team and what we have to do and be absolutely wrapped up in that.' Crean said he's not certain if freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler is back at 100 percent after suffering an ankle injury in the 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15. Wheeler has played the last two games, but he has last the explosion and quickness that makes him so effective. He has scoring just one basket and dished out two assists in the last 38 minutes he played against Mississippi State and Kentucky. Edwards continues to lead the nation's freshmen in scoring with 18.9 points per game, but he's still learning to get to the rim and overcome the extra attention defenses are paying to him. Edwards was held scoreless in the first half at Kentucky last Tuesday night before scoring 16 points in a second half at Rupp Arena that saw the Bulldogs fail to get closer than seven points. RELATED: Too little, too late from Anthony Edwards at Kentucky Crean, however, defends Edwards' youth and is focusing on developing him like he does every other player. ' I came in knowing we're going to have to develop him every day, help him grow every day,' Crean said. 'It's all different when you get them and how they process, how they learn, what do they have to get better at, how they apply it, how you build confidence, how you tweak them, how you challenge them is all a part of the daily process. We're just right in the midst of that and I'm enjoying it.' A win over Ole Miss would make Crean and Georgia enjoy the process of the team growing more, as well as keeping what appears to be scant NCAA tourney hopes alive. DawgNation Georgia Basketball Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Mississippi State wins battle of Bulldogs in Starkville, decisively Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Georgia basketball delivers signature Top 10 win at Memphis Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball returns to home sellout, desperate for win over Ole Miss appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia has the quarterback and the coaching expertise to flip the offense, and from Terry Bowden's perspective, that should be enough to get a new-look offense off and running. Bowden was holding court wearing Clemson gear two days before the College Football Playoff Championship Game. The fact he's now a graduate assistant with the Tigers does nothing to dilute Bowden's knowledge or experience flipping an offense to a mobile quarterback. RELATED: Mark Richt says Jamie Newman can adapt to any system ' Once you make the decision that's where you need to go and you see a lot of the pros doing it now, you see college teams that make that move, and it starts with a quarterback that can do that,' Bowden told DawgNation. 'I think the other parts of that block with the right assistants,' the 63-year-old former Auburn, North Alabama and Akron head coach said. 'You have to have people that know what their doing in that capacity, and you've got to have a quarterback you believe in.' Georgia certainly checks all the boxes. RELATED: Georgia creates buzz with Todd Monken hire The Bulldogs return mobile quarterbacks in redshirt junior Stetson Bennett, redshirt freshman D'Wan Mathis and incoming freshman Carson Beck. The biggest offseason player addition, however, has been Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman. Pro Football Focus ranks Newman the No. 3 returning quarterback in college football and recently projected Georgia football the preseason No. 3 team. Bowden, 63, knows all about high rankings after winning his first 20 games as the Tigers' head coach after replacing Pat Dye before the 1993 season. Georgia snapped the streak with a 23-23 tie at Auburn, and Bowden lost his first game as the Tigers' head coach the following week to Alabama, 21-14. Bowden left Auburn halfway through the 1998 season with a 47-17-1 record at Auburn. After 10 years out of coaching working as a television analyst, Bowden returned to coaching at North Alabama, a Division ll school where he was 29-9 with playoff appearances each three seasons. Bowden moved on to Akron from there, ultimately resuscitating the Zips' downtrodden program with an 8-5 season in 2015 that included the program's first-ever bowl game victory. More history was made in 2018, when Bowden's Akron team beat Northwestern for the school's first win over a Big Ten team since 1894. The Zips, however, finished 4-8 and Bowden was fired. That led Bowden to the opportunity at Clemson, that came with the graduate assistant provision. It's surely a snap for Bowden, who graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia with a degree in accounting. Bowden did postgraduate work at Oxford University in England and earned a law degree from Florida State. 'Thirty-seven years ago, I graduated from law school, and the next year I became a football coach, and we didn't have internet, and we didn't have computers,' Bowden said, putting his unique situation in perspective. 'Thirty-seven years later, in order to be a coach on the field, I have to be a student. So I got accepted to Clemson grad school, and I'm getting a Master's in athletic leadership. I've got two classes this semester and they are online and that's been kind of fun.' Bowden seems to think offenses that employ mobile quarterbacks are apt to have more fun and success on Saturdays. 'I don't feel like you need to go to a running quarterback, but you must have a quarterback that's mobile, and Joe Burrow is mobile,' Bowden said, tying he conversation into the game he was preparing for at the time. 'The guy can scramble, but he's not a running quarterback. He is a drop-back, classic quarterback that has what you need.' No doubt, Burrow put on a show against Clemson in the CFP Championship Game. Georgia fans are yearning for an offense with the same explosive elements and big-play potential. Bowden explained how a running quarterback changes the dynamics by simple math. 'Anytime your quarterback runs the football, it gives you one more blocker,' Bowden said. 'And if they've got any safeties sitting up high upfield, that evens you up pretty good in the blocking department. 'So once your quarterback either scrambles well, or you devise a few plays that allow him to run, you have created plays that are in (your) favor for the offense, in numbers, that you just don't have when the quarterback is just a fake or a disguise.' More from DawgNation Football stars endorse Todd Monken hire at Georgia WATCH: 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff shares story with DawgNation Podcast: Brandon Adams shares his take on Brock Vandagriff addition Kirby Smart has turned Georgia offense upside down Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post Georgia offense flipping script: Terry Bowden's thoughts on drop-back to dual-threat transition appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley is making the move most everyone anticipated when head coach Kirby Smart added new offensive coordinator Todd Monken last Monday. Coley, 46, is expected to join the Texas A&M coaching staff, according to a UGA source with direct knowledge of the situation and TexasAg.com. Coley, who also coached quarterbacks last season, had recently been named assistant head coach on the UGA staff, but he was no longer designated a position group. RELATED: Coley status updated Coley's status at UGA became more tenuous when Smart hired Southern Miss offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner last Monday, assigning him an off-field coaching position as an analyst. The move triggered speculation that Coley could be on the way out sooner than later, and any concept of him working with Monken was a long shot. Coley has been on Smart's staff since the fifth-year head coach took over the program before the 2016 season. He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2018, receiving a raise from $450,000 to $850,000 as he reportedly declined a chance to join Jimbo Fisher's Texas A&M staff as OC. Coley became the full-time OC last January when Jim Chaney departed the UGA staff for the Tennessee OC Job and was bumped up to $950,000 the highest paid assistant on the staff. Sam Pittman, who was the second-highest paid assistant at $900,000 departed the staff earlier this offseason to become the Arkansas head coach. Former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke replaced Pittman in December at the same salary, $900,000. The Bulldogs went 12-2 and finished No. 4 in the nation last season, running up a 5-1 mark against teams that were in the Top 25. A championship-level defense didn't often need much support on offense, and the game plans had a familiar emphasis on efficiency, ball control and balance. UGA ran the strong legs of tailback D'Andre Swift, who gained more than 1,200 yards and was the team's most consistent and explosive skill position player until a shoulder injury derailed him the final two games of the season. WATCH: James Coley defends Jake Fromm, explains offensive issues 'It's who you have out there and who you're trying to feature,' Coley said at his Sugar Bowl press conference. 'So what gives you the best chance: Giving the ball to the tailback who's a really good player, or throwing the ball to a young guy who may not be ready for that moment yet? You know what I mean?' Still, the offense struggled at times, finishing 50th in the nation in scoring offense, 61st in total offense and 72nd in passing yards. A rash of injuries in the receiving corps was compounded by QB Jake Fromm having some uncharacteristic off games. Coley explained during a Sugar Bowl press conference in New Orleans that the lack of consistency in the pass game, and with Fromm, was closely tied to the injuries at receiver. ' It happens when you get injuries; you get guys in the game that haven't played in a while, or it's their first chance and they are a little nervous and they take their routes a little deeper than where they should be,' Coley said. 'It ends up looking like the guy (Fromm) was not playing as good as he was a year ago.' Georgia and Fromm rallied in the Sugar Bowl with 26-14 win over Baylor, Fromm passing for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20-of-30 passing. It snapped a skid of five straight games where Fromm's completion percentage had dipped under 50 percent. The statistical slump aligned with senior go-to receiver Lawrence Cager missing time and games on account of injuries. Coley pointed out Fromm's completion percentage with Cager on the field was 71 percent. Smart cited the team's 'merry-go round' at receiver when assessing the offensive issues, but he also pledged to fix the offense after the season. The addition of Wake Forest graduate transfer QB Jamie Newman and incoming freshman QB Carson Beck provided a boost in personnel, and then came the addition of the high-profile offensive staff members. The post Former Georgia football OC James Coley leaves staff, headed to Texas A&M appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Trae Young has been named to his first NBA All-Star Game, where he’ll be a starting guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Young has the second-most 30-point and 10-assist games (9) in the NBA this season, the second-most 40-point games (7), the third-most 30-point, 5-rebound and 5-assist games (13) and the third-most 30-point games (22). He is the only Eastern Conference player to rank inside the top-10 in both points-per-game (29.2) and assists-per-game (8.6) this season. AVERAGESNBA RANK29.2 Points3rd8.6 Assists4th4.7 Rebounds 1.2 Steals 59.4% True Shooting 23.9 Player Efficiency Rating12th3.9 Win Shares 2.6 Value Over Replacement Player10th5.3 Box Plus/Minus12th
  • ATHENS New Georgia football offensive coordinator Todd Monken has an annual compensation package worth $1.1 million, per contract information obtained by DawgNation. Monken assumed the OC role formerly held by James Coley, who made $950,000 as the Bulldogs' OC and quarterbacks coach last season. Coley currently remains on staff, assigned the title of assistant head coach. Monken was the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns last season. The year before, Monken directed the NFL's top passing team, serving as OC and play caller for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The staff vacancy that enabled Kirby Smart to hire Monken came about when special teams coach Scott Fountain left the UGA staff to assume the same position at Arkansas. Georgia's other staff hire this offseason was former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke, who replaced Sam Pittman as the Georgia offensive line coach in December. RELATED: Salary details for Matt Luke released to DawgNation Luke's contract calls for him to make $900,000 annually the same Pittman made in 2019 at UGA before being hired as Arkansas' new head coach. Monken is the second assistant coach under Smart to pass the $1 million annual salary mark. Former defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was paid $1.5 million in 2018 before being hired away to become the Colorado head football coach. Former UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was the Bulldogs OC in 2018 and made $950,000 before leaving for the same position at Tennessee. Chaney signed a three-year deal with the Vols worth $4.8 million. Chaney made $1.5 million in 2019 and is due a $100,000 escalator raise each of the next two offseasons. Monken has a base salary of $390,000 with supplemental play of $710,000 per the Freedom of Information Act information obtained by DawgNation. UGA did not provide the length of Monken's contract, or any other details at this time. Here's a complete look at the Georgia football assistant salaries last season: GEORGIA FOOTBALL SALARIES 2019 James Coley: Offensive Coordinator / QB Coach $950,000 Sam Pittman: Associate Head Coach / OL Coach $900,000 Dell McGee: Run Game Coordinator / RB Coach $650,000 Cortez Hankton: Pass Game Coordinator / WR Coach $550,000 Todd Hartley: TE Coach $300,000 Dan Lanning: Defensive Coordinator / OLB Coach $750,000 Glenn Schumann: Co-Defensive Coordinator / ILB Coach $550,000 Charlton Warren: DB Coach $600,000 Tray Scott: DL Coach $470,000 Scott Fountain: Special Teams Coordinator $325,000 The post Georgia football releases salary for new OC Todd Monken appeared first on DawgNation.