Agent Muschamp’s latest move should ring a bell with us.
Multiple sources have told Gator Country that former Texas offensive line and assistant head coach Stacey Searels has accepted an offer to become Florida’s offensive line coach. Searels, who served on the staff with Florida head coach Will Muschamp at LSU, is expected to be announced either Sunday or Monday.
The Georgia part of his resume is presented in interesting fashion.
At Georgia, Searels’ offensive lines gave up only 42 sacks in the 39 games from 2007-09. Dealing with injuries and a freshman quarterback in 2010, the Georgia O-line gave up 25 sacks but the Bulldogs did produce a 3,000-yard passer and an 800-yard rusher despite numerous injuries both on the O-line and the backfield.
From my selfish perspective, 2010 is when the bloom came off the rose. As Tim Tucker put it when Searels left for Texas, “Georgia’s offensive line was expected to be a pillar of the 2010 team but drew much criticism as the Bulldogs struggled to run the ball effectively. Georgia finished 10th in the SEC in rushing.” I sensed that Richt wanted Searels to stay, but I wasn’t exactly torn up over his departure.
The article notes that Searels has been an effective recruiter at Texas. If so, that would be a change from his time in Athens. (Something you’ll note the article glosses over entirely.)
One thing Boom should like about the move, assuming Searels is as taciturn as ever – if he and Roper don’t hit it off, we’ll never hear about it in the media.