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Mel Tucker

Mel Tucker is the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Tucker and UGA head coach Kirby Smart worked at Alabama under Nick Saban together, and when Smart took the Bulldogs head coaching job, he hired Tucker as his defensive coordinator.

Tucker brings a strong NFL pedigree to college football, as he coached the Cleveland Browns (2005-2008), Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-2012) and Chicago Bears (2013-2014). He coached the defensive backs and coordinated the defenses in the NFL. Tucker also went 2-3 as the interim coach in Jacksonville after the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio.

Saban hired Tucker to return to college coaching, and he last coached in college at Ohio State in 2004.

During his second season at Georgia, Tucker helped lead Georgia’s talented defense to an SEC Championship win, Rose Bowl win and a national championship berth; however, UGA fell to Saban and Alabama in overtime of the College Football Playoff final.

The Bulldogs’ defense finished second in the SEC allowing opponents to score just over 16 points per game. Tucker’s defense finished second in rushing defense allowing opponents 126 rushing yards per game.

Mel Tucker’s Coaching Experience


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