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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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  • BOGART, Ga. The first read to begin an update on all things Brock Vandagriff has to come out hard and fast. That's how he plays the quarterback position. This one certainly will. It will try to mirror how 5-star QB gets rid of the ball for his Prince Avenue Christian team. Decisive. Hit a read. The right read. Move the chains. Go. Vandagriff will be at Georgia on Saturday for an important 'Junior Day' visit. He said he is only mainly considering Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina at this time. He has only set up a visit to check out UGA this weekend so far. The now 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior shared a very mature outlook on why he de-committed from Oklahoma and how it will shape his decision going forward. 'My Dad and I talked and stuff,' Brock Vandagriff said. 'We're kind of sacrificing the best fit for me for other things which are priorities now.' He doesn't have an opinion, or at least a firm one, on new offensive coordinator hire Todd Monken just yet. That comes tomorrow. 'Not yet,' he said. 'Going to meet him tomorrow and talk ball.' Don't expect him to take a long and very drawn-out recruiting process. H'll can his options. Make the right read and go. 'I like the process being over with,' he said. 'So I am going to get this process over with once I make a decision.' He thinks he will be committed by March. That's how fast this thing can go. 'Maybe in the next month or two,' he said. What will this weekend's visit be about? 'Mainly seeing who I would play with if I went there,' Vandagriff said. 'I'm familiar with the coaches. Familiar with the facilities. Nothing has changed since the last time I have been there. Probably just getting to know the players more and the guys I would be playing with.' Georgia has a strong chance here as the true 'home' team. 'I think that Georgia has like the top priority and if everything fits at Georgia and if it goes how I expect it to go then I think I will probably not visit anywhere else,' he said. He says not to expect a quick-trigger decision. Not even with the greatest 'Junior Day' unofficial visit of all time. 'I don't think I would commit this weekend,' he said in reference to that potential feeling. 'Because I would go home and just pray about it. I wouldn't make an impulse decision but I wouldn't wait much longer.' Brock Vandagriff: The things that really matter here His de-commitment took place on Jan. 1. When he made that move, he cited that location was a big factor. That was what was included in the tweet. What he didn't include was the timing of it all. Vandgriff, like all of us, loaded up the family car and headed off to a grandparent's house. His family's roots, especially on his mom's side, are in rural Alabama. The family feels started tugging on him at Thanksgiving. Then again at Christmas. He had already been thinking about it for two months. Praying about it. 'Then we were at the dinner table with every family member in Alabama,' Brock Vandagriff said. 'The great grandparents. Grandparents. Aunts. Uncles. Stuff like that. I don't know how we got to talking about it. I didn't say anything about it. I guess it was just the Lord's timing.' Somebody said: 'Man, Oklahoma is far away.' He couldn't help but nod his head to that one. 'I couldn't go to sleep that night,' Vandagriff said. 'I was thinking about it. I was like I got to stay closer to home' so the people I love can be able to watch me and I can still go to hunt in Alabama on the weekends. This just really seems natural. 'Like just earlier this year the main thing my Dad and I had talked about was system and a fit system,' he said. Hello Oklahoma. See Jalen Hurts. See Kyler Murray. See Baker Mayfield. And so on. 'I would say that's not the main thing anymore,' he said. 'The main thing is trying to be the best player that I can be regardless of the system and just being like close to the family has been like, become, well, it has really burst onto the scene as important to me.' It is 13.8 miles from Sanford Stadium to his neat and tidy high school locker. It is 913 miles from that same locker to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memory Stadium. The trip in the family truckster to Norman is only 13 hours longer by car than the Athens commute. 'Spending time in other states is not for me,' he said. 'I like to travel. I like to stay near home. I want people near me to come watch me and stuff like that to happen.' The 247Sports Composite ratings place the homegrown talent as the nation's No. 1 pro-style QB and No. 9 overall prospect for the 2021 class. He's the top player in Georgia, too. Seems like he'd be the ideal visitor for any 'Junior Day' event this weekend, right? That's what those rankings services say. What kind of quarterback does HE think he is? 'I think I am just another quarterback who is a pocket passer who just likes to win,' Vandagriff said. Brock Vandagriff: Let's tee up that pro-style QB thing Those are the fast and quick reads. But it was tempting to open things up with the way he has what his teammates might call a mullet ready to flow out from underneath his helmet. Vandagriff favors that look. Even though he must get very precise with it to make sure it adheres to all PACS and team regulations. That's why he keeps his hair is neat and tight on the sides and those locks don't touch his collar (especially when he straightens up) in the back. There's also the part about this pro-style QB thing here. That's .. interesting. But definitely not an all-encompassing label. That title is reserved for the guys who aren't really escape or extend-the-play guy with their feet. Vandagriff has had a season in which he caught 34 passes at wide receiver in high school. He's also had a season in which he ran for 7.3 yards per carry on the way to 1,001 yards. But now he's also had a season in which he threw for 3,190 yards. The juniorhas also been timed at 4.69 seconds on a laser in the 40-yard dash. Is that a pro-style QB? A dual-threat? A triple-threat? He spent his entire freshman year at Prince Avenue at receiver. He wasn't the quarterback for that team, but added 34 catches for 472 yards and four touchdowns. The 5-star QB for 20201 was the No. 2 WR for his Wolverines in 2017. Pretty odd, right? But that makes sense to those who saw him punt and kick for the Wolverines during his middle school days. The clips still exist with Vandagriff kicking the ball deep and then flying downfield to be the first man to make the tackle on the kickoff. Every kickoff his sophomore year went out of the end zone. Could probably punt in college in he couldn't throw the ball a lick. He's also very strong. The 205-pound QB can already power clean 290 pounds. He's still the punter for Prince Avenue. Still can probably boom touchbacks on the regular with that leg of his. But those days are likely behind him now. Kind of like that flowing hair that creeps out of the side of his helmet. With that introduction, let's chronicle his first pass as a high school player. It came during that 2017 season. Vandagriff was lined up wide right at receiver. He came across to the other side of the field on a jet sweep. He stopped. His heart was skipping beats. He swallowed his nerves and let loose a pass running to his left and throwing with his right arm off a jet sweep. The ball sailed 38-and-a-half yards in the air. It hit the team's top receiver in stride for a catch-and-run touchdown. Of course it was a touchdown. It had to be. 'It was the first game of the season and we'd been stressing this defensive end the whole week,' Vandagriff said. 'If we run this play we are going to run away from this guy.' The Wolverines lined up. Called the play. But Aquinas had flipped its ends. The look to the sideline was to the head coach. Greg Vandagriff, his father, told them to run the play regardless. 'I get the ball and he's coming up and I kind of launch it,' Brock Vandagriff said. 'We had an awesome junior receiver Christian Parrish and he ran right under it for a touchdown.' If he had to critique that throw, his evaluation would not be kind. 'I think the throw distance was good but the mechanics were kind of off,' he said. 'I was kind of worrying for my life there on the sideline.' With the ball in his hands now, he's not worried. The opposing defensive coordinators are. He would go on to throw many more passes from there. He threw for 267 yards and two scores as a freshman, followed by 3,190 more yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore and then 2471 yards and 31 scores in just eight games as a junior. Vandagriff completed 72 percent of his passes as a junior, but then added 1,001 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018. Pro-style? Dual-threat? It seems the line is blurred here. Greg Vandagriff, his father, doesn't care about the rushing totals anymore for the 5-star who sits at his dinner table. Those carries just add up to hits for Vandagriff. Chances for him to leave the game. That's what the other team wants. 'I wouldn't say I'm just like a strict pro-style passer but I mean that's what I try to be,' Brock Vandagriff said. 'I don't try to be the dual-threat guy because I know I'm not going to be outrunning people at the next level and stuff like that. Being able to work on some things in the pocket in high school is helping me mature as a player. That's because I don't do the things in high school that I am not going to be doing at the next level.' 'I wouldn't say I am a pure pocket passer but I wouldn't say I am a dual-threat,' Vandagriff said. 'I do run when I have to but it is not fifty-fifty.' His father started out as a defensive guy in his coaching career. That has been an asset. Even if he did draw it up backwards in the eyes of his son. He taught Brock how to read defenses and read coverages at an early age. He knows what the other side is always thinking and trying to do. Ron Veal, who also trained Trevor Lawrence, has worked with him and his father over the last few years. 'He's a great dude and an older male figure in my life,' Brock Vandagriff said. 'I look up to him and I'm glad that I have someone else I can ask questions about. Ron's taught my dad some stuff as well and all three of us have matured in our understanding of the quarterback position.' The post Brock Vandagriff: The skinny on a big Georgia 'Junior Day' visit this weekend appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia has a new offensive coordinator in Todd Monken, as the school officially announced his hiring on Friday. So what does that mean for James Coley, Georgia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2019 season? Georgia released a statement on that matter as well, saying he will remain on the staff and serve as an assistant head coach. There was no further specification of Coley's role and what that might be. Monken was only announced as the offensive coordinator. Coley has been on Kirby Smart's staff since he first arrived at Georgia. He began as a wide receivers coach and worked his way up to the offensive coordinator position for this past season. But the Georgia offense struggled in 2019, as the Bulldogs finished 49th in scoring offense and 46th in yards per play. Not all of that falls on Coley, as there were issues at the wide receiver position as well as injuries throughout the offensive line. Coley spoke with the media prior to Georgia's Sugar Bowl win over Baylor and did take responsibility for the offensive issues in 2019. 'You know what? I've got to do a better job, first and foremost, starts with me, right?' Coley said. 'So I'm looking at myself hard and criticizing myself and busting my tail to get that end better.' Related: Georgia coordinator James Coley reveals offensive issues, assesses Jake Fromm In addition to his work on the offensive side of the ball, Coley also has an excellent reputation for recruiting in South Florida, as the Bulldogs have landed the likes of Marcus Rosemy, Tyson Campbell and Tyrique Stevenson in recent recruiting classes. Coley also played a significant role in landing graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman for Georgia. Newman spent last season at Wake Forest, where he threw for 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for six touchdowns. Keeping Coley on staff would be a big win for the Bulldogs, given he is also the lead recruiter for 5-star quarterbacks Brock Vandagriff and Caleb Williams in the 2021 cycle. Vandagriff will be visiting Georgia this weekend, while Williams praised Coley at the Under Armour All-American game. 'They want me to be the guy. They want me to come in. They are all in,' Williams said. 'I actually talked to Coach Coley about two days ago maybe. We talked. It wasn't just about ball. It was just us talking. I have a good relationship with Coach Coley. They did tell me that they are all in and they want me to be a Dawg.' Related: What Georgia football does at quarterback in 2021 recruiting cycle will speak loudly about program's future With Monken on the staff, Georgia could have a coaching structure similar to what LSU had this past season with Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger. Like Monken, Brady came from the NFL level and provided a great boost to LSU offense. Ensminger drew great reviews for his willingness to share the spotlight with Brady, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Georgia also issued a statement on Monken and what he will bring to the Bulldogs. 'We are excited to add Todd to our staff,' Smart said.'He has a history of establishing explosive offenses at each and every stop in his impressive career in both the National Football League and at major college football programs.' More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirk Herbstreit, national media praise Georgia football addition of Todd Monken Georgia football staff opening: A closer look at Todd Monken Georgia football projected starting lineman cleared to return from injury WATCH: Former Georgia QB prep star Chase Brice leaving Clemson, discusses UGA ESPN names 2 Georgia football standouts to All-Bowl Team Anthony Edwards and Georgia basketball put squeeze on Tennessee, 80-63 Mark Richt, Florida State DC give scout on new Georgia TE Tre' Mckitty The post Georgia football updates status of James Coley after hiring of Todd Monken as offensive coordinator appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHEN Georgia announced the hiring of Todd Monken to the Bulldogs staff on Friday, assigning him the role of offensive coordinator. It's a hiring that will resonate from coast to coast, and yet another example of Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart pushing to program even after finishing No. 4 in the nation in 2019. Former offensive coordinator James Coley will remain on staff and serve assistant head coach, according to a UGA release. 'We are excited to add Todd to our staff,' Smart said in the release. 'He has a history of establishing explosive offenses at each and every stop in his impressive career in both the National Football League and at major college football programs.' Monken spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, helping to scheme for an offense that produced the NFL's No. 2 rusher, former UGA star Nick Chubb. The season before, the 53-year-old Monken was calling plays for the NFL's most prolific passing offense in Tampa Bay. The Bucs set franchise records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total yards with Monken serving as offensive coordinator. Georgia also added former Ole Miss head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Luke in December to serve as UGA's line coach. Luke has offensive coordinator experience, as well. It figures to be a crowded offensive coaches' room barring any more staff changes. But 2019 College Football Playoff champion LSU may have created a mold last season that Smart hopes to emulate. The Bayou Bengals most notably paired former Penn State and New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady with veteran quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger last January. Brady, with the title of passing game coordinator and receivers coach, was credited as the architect for the pass-first scheme LSU matched to its personnel. The veteran Ensminger was the QB coach, offensive coordinator and called the plays. The Tigers results spoke loudly, with quarterback Joe Burrow producing record numbers as LSU marched to an undefeated season at CFP Championship Game win over Clemson. Smart isn't likely to rely on the pass as much as LSU with Georgia having to replace departed junior Jake Fromm, and a reloading situation at receiver. 'W e want to score points,' Smart said last December, asked about changing the offensive philosophy. 'You guys want a simple answer like it's just going to poof and happen. . It's a lot of things that goes into having a successful offense and we need to be better.' In addition to adding Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman the No. 3 rated returning QB, per Pro Football Focus he Bulldogs have TE grad transfer Tre' Mckitty arriving in June from Florida State. Smart doesn't figure to be done yet with impact players, with National Signing Day just around the corner (Feb. 5) and more players available in the NCAA transfer portal. Hiring an offensive guru like Monken sends a message to those potential recruits that the Bulldogs' offense looks to be on the upswing. The post Georgia football hires Todd Monken as new offensive coordinator appeared first on DawgNation.
  • After the 2019 season saw Georgia football finish 49th in the country in scoring offense, it was clear something had to change with the Georgia offense. And it's safe to say the Bulldogs have done that with the addition of Todd Monken. DawgNation can confirm he is set to join the program, though the specific role is not yet identified. Monken has spent the past three seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator. He worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before spending this past season with the Cleveland Browns. He did not call plays for the Browns, as Cleveland went 6-10 this past season and fired head coach Freddie Kitchens. Related: Georgia football expected to announce Air Raid' offensive expert Todd Monken joining staff Monken does have experience at the college level, as he served as the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State in 2011 and '12. The Cowboys went 12-1 in '11, winnig the Fiesta Bowl and Big 12. He also served as the head coach at Southern Miss for three seasons, going 9-5 in his final year before jumping to the Buccaneers. The early returns on the move seem to be overwhelmingly positive. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit had perhaps the strongest praise, calling the addition of Monken as well as Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman, 'exactly what Kirby and the Dawgs Offense needed.' Between Monken's approach and QB Jamie Newman coming over from WF-exactly what Kirby and the Dawgs Offense needed. https://t.co/KvzcCa4X9z Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 17, 2020 #Georgia is hiring Todd Monken as offensive coordinator, sources tell @Mark_Schlabach. This has been in the works for a while but is now happening. Monken has been #Browns OC. Important move for Kirby Smart and the Dawgs. #UGA Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 17, 2020 Good move https://t.co/JCYsKom1Y3 Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 17, 2020 Kirby Smart continues to push Georgia's offense in the right direction this offseason. Jamie Newman was a great pickup but he would not have succeeded in last year's offense based on what I've seen from him. Todd Monken's hire shows Smart willing to evolve his offense in 2020. SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 17, 2020 Tampa led the NFL in passing in 2018 w/ Todd Monken as OC. He inherited #112 scoring offense at Southern Miss, left them as #13 nationally. Okla St ranked #2 & #3 nationally in scoring under Monken. https://t.co/OWHshbUK5K SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 17, 2020 Georgia had to do something to provide a spark offensively. By adding Todd Monken to the staff on the heels of bringing in former Wake QB Jamie Newman I'd say they've accomplished that. https://t.co/FSG3jMsgjn Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) January 17, 2020 None of us know what will be the results of Kirby Smart's hire of Todd Monken. But what it does show is Kirby Smart's willingness to change and evolve offensively. It's big for a man to admit mistakes and be willing to change. #InKirbyWeTrust Happy Hoyt (@brianhoyt24) January 17, 2020 I'm not unhappy with any coaching hire that puts a different offensive mindset in the room with Kirby and staff. Any way you look at it, Todd Monken's mindset has proven to be very different from Kirby's. #GoDawgs Jon Tweets Sports (@JonTweetsSports) January 17, 2020 Related: What Georgia's offense still needs after landing quarterback Jamie Newman It seems that the addition of Monken makes it clear Smart is willing to tweak his offense. Georgia had James Coley serve as the play-caller this past year, and according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach, Coley is expected to remain on the staff but in a new role. Georgia also added Matt Luke to the staff this offseason, as he replaced Sam Pittman as the offensive line coach. That means the Bulldogs will have two former college head coaches on Smart's staff next year, as Luke was the head coach at Ole Miss. This is a massive recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs, as they have a number of elite 2021 recruiting prospects in town. The most high-profile name is 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff. Landing him, or fellow 5-star quarterback Caleb Williams, would go a long way to helping the long-term health of the Georgia quarterback room. Related: What Georgia football does at quarterback in 2021 recruiting cycle will speak loudly about program's future As for stats about the last two offenses, Monken has worked on, Tampa Bay led the NFL in passing in 2018, while former Georgia Bulldog Nick Chubb ranked second in the NFL in rushing last year for the Browns. Monken though did not call plays for Cleveland last year. Georgia opens the 2020 season on Sept. 7 when Georgia takes on Virginia. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football staff opening: A closer look at Todd Monken Georgia football projected starting lineman cleared to return from injury WATCH: Former Georgia QB prep star Chase Brice leaving Clemson, discusses UGA ESPN names 2 Georgia football standouts to All-Bowl Team Anthony Edwards and Georgia basketball put squeeze on Tennessee, 80-63 Mark Richt, Florida State DC give scout on new Georgia TE Tre' Mckitty The post Kirk Herbstreit, national media praise Georgia football addition of Todd Monken appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football is expected to announce the hiring of former NFL offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Monken, 53, directed the NFL's top passing offense while calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018 before spending last season as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. The 2018 Bucs averaged 320.3 yards through the air with quarterbacks Jameis Winton and Ryan Fitzpatrick combining to complete 65.3-percent of their passes. Monken's Tampa Bay offense set records for total yards, passing yards and passing touchdowns Monken, considered an expert in the 'Air Raid' style of offense, did not call plays with the Browns last season. 'Really what I took away from (the Air Raid) was being able to throw to win,'' Monken said after taking the Browns job last season in a Cleveland.com story. 'That really to me was the Air Raid. You had a certain amount of run game, you ran a lot of the same concepts and you could throw to win. That was really it. Like any offense, it works a lot better if you have good players.' Monken also said, 'I've always chosen places based on the people and the opportunity to win.' Georgia brings back 5 of 11 starters off an offense that beat Baylor 26-14 in the Sugar Bowl, including the game's MVP, receiver George Pickens. The Bulldogs have ushered in graduate transfer QB Jamie Newman from Wake Forest to take over for departed junior Jake Fromm. Georgia also brings back a trio of rising playmakers in the backfield, with Zamir White, Kenny McIntosh in James Cook all flashing electric moments last season. Monken obviously likes what he sees from the Georgia playmakers. Monken is well-traveled in both the pro and college ranks, starting his career as an assistant on a Division ll Grand Valley State staff (1989-90). He had notable stops on staffs at Oklahoma State with Mike Gundy (2002-04, 2011-12), and LSU with Les Miles (2005-06). Monken was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach when the Cowboys had Brandon Weeden and J.W. Walsh under center two of the top QBs in program history. Oklahoma State ranked second in the nation in passing offense in 2011, future first-round NFL draft pick Weeden ninth in the country in passing efficiency. The next season, Walsh ranked fourth in the nation in passing efficiency as a redshirt freshman who appeared in 10 games in 2012, the Cowboys seventh in the nation in passing yardage per game. At LSU, working with future first-round NFL pick JaMarcus Russell in 2006, Monken helped Russell finish tops among FBS Power 5 quarterbacks in passing efficiency (167.0), with 28 TDs and 8 interceptions. The post Georgia football expected to announce Air Raid' expert Todd Monken joining staff appeared first on DawgNation.