published Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Georgia football coach Mark Richt tabs Bryan McClendon as recruiting coordinator

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    Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon was named this week as the national recruiter of the year by
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Georgia football coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday that running backs coach Bryan McClendon is adding the title of recruiting coordinator.

McClendon is the first Bulldogs assistant with that title since defensive line coach Rodney Garner left in December 2012 for Auburn, his alma mater. McClendon was named last week as's national recruiter of the year after leading Georgia's efforts with tailbacks Sony Michel and Nick Chubb and defensive end/outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter.

Daryl Jones will continue as director of on-campus recruiting.

Richt also announced that special-teams duties will be split between tight ends coach John Lilly and new inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Lilly will handle kickoff return, punt return and extra point/field goal, while Ekeler will coordinate kickoff, punt-return block and extra point/field goal block.

"This restructuring I believe will give us the best chance to win from a recruiting and special-teams standpoint," Richt said. "Our recruiting effort will be strengthened, and our special teams will be improved as well."

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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