Mike Ekeler Completes Georgia Staff

Mike Ekeler

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Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com reports this morning that Mike Ekeler will be named to Georgia’s remaining open coaching slot.

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When Kirk Olividatti left for the NFL, most UGA fans felt as though they lost an integral part of the coaching staff. Olividatti was the position coach of the number one and number three tackler in the SEC last year. With Olividatti’s departure a vacancy was left that many fans were eager to see filled. It looks as though the wait could be over.

 

Mike Ekeler, a Kansas State alumnus has held positions at colleges all across the nation. He was hired last year as the linebackers coach at the University of Southern California. Before that he was the co-defensive coordinator at Indiana for two years. At Indiana there was not much success but it is hard for anyone to win in Bloomington. Ekeler’s real success came as the linebackers coach at Nebraska where he was a part of some of the most feared defenses in the nation. Before that he was a graduate assistant and intern on the national championship team from LSU.

 

Ekeler has coached some great NFL talents. With names like Glenn Dorsey, LaRon Landry, Kyle Williams, and Lavonte David. The jury is out on Ekeler as most fans want the “big name” hire. While Ekeler may not be a name most UGA fans are familiar with, he is expected to come in and make an impact immediately. As with all coaches in the SEC, the first question is whether he can recruit? Time will tell but recruiting expectations are through the roof.

 

Ekeler will inherit a talent filled group of Dawgs, if he is the choice, that are expected to improve and become more consistent on the field. Most UGA fans were upset with the lack of rotation for linebackers last season. We will have to wait to see how Ekeler will address this problem.

 

GO DAWGS!!!

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Note: Ekeler’s name first surfaced on BI as a candidate for the last available coaching position with the following comment:

LHB-002 2-1-2014

12 comments
The1TrueDawg
The1TrueDawg

If we couldn't find another really good African-American coach to join the staff, Ekeler was my top choice.  I think his experience matches PERFECTLY with our weaknesses and needs.  It is a home run hire.


And I know SoCalDawg missed on Andrew Williams yesterday, but who cares?  His insights are very important to this site.  He broke the Ekeler story and I hope BI finds more ways to keep him involved and active.

TaylorM_35
TaylorM_35

So what will this mean for Sherrer??

AthensHomerDawg3
AthensHomerDawg3

2 years at Indiana followed by a single year a USC. Did Sarkisian retain any coaches from prior staff?

MoePritchett
MoePritchett

Not too sure of him as a LB coach, but I like his ST experience. But he does have some time with LBs......AND Pruitt an Rocker are there for guidance. I dont think Pruitt would have hired him if he did not see something there.

Bilboa Baggins
Bilboa Baggins

Either he or Tyson Summers would be ok with me.  However, this guy also has special teams coaching experience which may make him the more valuable hire for UGA.

South FL Dawg
South FL Dawg

@TaylorM_35 Ihope it means Sherrer can assist Pruitt with the DB's. Not only do the 4 DB spots have about 15 of the scholarship players, but Pruitt also has to coordinate the defense. After he's done helping Pruitt he can learn to coach special teams. I would give Ekeler the linebackers especially considereing Rocker is already coaching the Will.

KeepCalmandQuayvon
KeepCalmandQuayvon

@TaylorM_35  Pruitt's eyes in the sky on game day.  Pruitt roaming the sidelines, with Sherrer up in the box, the familiarity between the two will be huge.

South FL Dawg
South FL Dawg

@ecdawg @AthensHomerDawg3  He retained the OC Helton.

Funny that Kiffin had a couple of coaches like Helton and Orgeron who could do a beeter job than him but he didn't give them a chance.

AthensHomerDawg3
AthensHomerDawg3

@ecdawg @AthensHomerDawg3Yes he had 3 very good years at Nebraska. His longest post as a coach by the way. I hope he is able to put some roots down in Athens. I may be just old school enough to think that still matters.  Although with today's coaching carousel it may be a thing of the past.