This morning it was confirmed that the Georgia Bulldogs have hired former USC linebackers coach Mike Ekeler to the same position.
Ekeler teams up with Kevin Sherrer to coach the linebackers for the Bulldogs. He will also serve an integral role the Bulldogs’ special teams.
In his career, Ekeler has been a part of six conference championship teams and three BCS national championship games.
Prior to coaching for the Trojans, Ekeler served on the staffs at Indiana, Nebraska, LSU, and Oklahoma.
At Nebraska, he recruited and developed All-American linebacker Lavonte David, who was an NFL All-Pro linebacker for the Tampa Bay Bucs this season.
At USC, Ekeler developed second team All-PAC-12 linebacker Hayes Pullard and served an integral role in the Trojans 10-4 season. (Pete Roussel, 247Sports)
As a player, Ekeler was once named the “Special Teams Player of the Year”, and as a coach, he was often tasked with assisting on special teams. If Mark Richt is looking to answer the question as to whether the Bulldogs would hire a “special teams coordinator”, then this is certainly a nice start.
Ekeler has developed a great reputation as a linebackers coach, and he has successfully worked alongside, and with, some very well-respected coaches in the league—including Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, and LSU’s Les Miles—all of whom have championship experience.
If he brings the same fire, passion, and expertise with him to Georgia, the Bulldogs should see early returns on the football field this season.