Kirby Smart names new DC

Mel Tucker will serve as Kirby Smart's defensive coordinator.

That what Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman is reporting. It has also been the chatter behind the scenes for some time now in Athens. Tucker has served as the Alabama defensive backs coach for the last year. Tucker was the defensive coordinator in the NFL with Jacksonville, Cleveland and the Chicago Bears.

The move closes out Smart’s first staff in Athens: 

Jim Chaney - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Mel Tucker - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

Sam Pittman - Offensive Line

James Coley - Wide Receivers

Dell McGee - Running Backs

Shane Beamer - Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator

Glen Schumann - Inside Linebackers

Kevin Sherrer - Outside Linebackers

Tracy Rocker - Defensive Line

Sherrer and Rocker were the only two holdovers from Mark Richt’s staff. Smart didn’t retain any offensive coach after the Bulldogs’ abysmal production on that side of the ball in 2015.


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