Potential Georgia offensive coordinator candidates
Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was officially introduced as the new head coach of Colorado State on Tuesday afternoon, effectively ending a 20-year association with UGA as a player and assistant coach.
Now, the focus shifts to who will replace Bobo as the offensive coordinator. It’s a position that’s sure to garner a lot of interest, especially with attractive weapons like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and others returning in 2015.
Here’s a list of potential candidates who could be the Dawgs’ offensive coordinator for next season.
- Bryan McClendon (UGA RBs coach) — Like Bobo, McClendon has a long association with UGA. He played for the ‘Dawgs and quickly found a spot on the coaching staff after graduating in 2005. He’s been UGA’s running backs coach since 2009 and was recently named recruiting coordinator shortly after National Signing Day last February. McClendon has done an impressive job not only coaching what is consistently one of the top running back groups in the country, but he’s an outstanding recruiter.
- Billy Napier (Alabama WRs coach) — Napier was considered a possible candidate for the Florida Gators’ offensive coordinator position, but that job went to Doug Nussmeier. In addition to being Alabama’s wide receivers coach, he’s also had experience as a quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. He’s one of the better recruiters on Alabama’s staff as well. Oh did I mention the kind of season Cooper had this year with Napier as his coach? No matter if Georgia hires Napier or not, it won’t be long before he’s an offensive coordinator somewhere.
- Kurt Roper (Florida OC) — Kurt Roper never really got a fair shot during his short stint with the Gators. He was brought in to improve the offensive woes, but he wasn’t able to overcome the Gators’ offensive deficiencies at multiple positions. With Will Muschamp out and Jim McElwain building his own staff, Roper is out of a job. Now that Roper has SEC experience, the transition for him would be minimal.
- Eddie Gran (Cincinnati OC) — This option is completely out of the blue, but Eddie Gran could be an intriguing option. He made a name for himself as the running backs coach at FSU (Richt’s last stop before UGA) and has years of SEC experience with stops at Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He would be a strong hire for UGA in regard to the Bulldogs’ strengths. With Chubb and other top running backs, Gran would most likely be the best hire for their development. He also won ESPN’s National Recruiter of the Year in 2011, so there isn’t much Gran can’t do.