According to Dawgs247‘s Rusty Mansell, it’s anticipated that Georgia will add Southern Miss offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner to join the Bulldogs’ staff and that it would be official sometime Monday.
His position on the staff hasn’t been determined yet, but it’s reported that he will likely be a quality control analyst or have some type of off-field role.
Faulkner joined the Golden Eagles’ staff in February of 2019. He spent the three previous years at Arkansas State holding the offensive coordinator position, which included two as the tight ends coach.
Prior to that, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State. In the last four years he was in Murfreesboro, Faulkner served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He helped lead the Blue Raiders to 31 victories and a few bowl appearances.
Under his command, the Blue Raiders gained more than 5,000 yards of total offense in three straight seasons, which was a school record, while averaging 31 points a game.
His first season at Arkansas State was in 2015, and that year, the Red Wolves gained 4,932 yards in total offense, which was the sixth most in school history, The following year, the offense averaged 494.8 yards per game which ranked No. 10 in the nation.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., Faulkner earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Valdosta State in 2005. Faulkner started at quarterback as a sophomore for Parkview High School in 1997 and led them to a state title.
As a college player, Faulkner starred as a quarterback for Valdosta State from 2000 to 2003. In three years with the Blazers, he passed for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns while registering a 47-6 record.
Faulkner’s coaching career began at Valdosta State, where he served as a student assistant helping with the quarterbacks in 2005. After one season with the Blazers, he served as an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia, working with the offensive line and quarterbacks.
Faulkner will be working under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who joined Smart’s staff on Friday after leaving the Cleveland Browns.