I’ll say this for Kirby Smart — he never quits looking for ways to bring more bodies into the program.
After stints with both Alabama and Western Kentucky’s football programs, Parker McLeod became a regular student at Georgia.
But when head coach Kirby Smart arrived at Georgia and ultimately realized the Bulldogs needed to add a quarterback to the roster, McLeod agreed to come on board at Smart’s request and added himself to the position group. The former Walton quarterback, who initially signed with Alabama as a three-star recruit in 2013, is now with the Bulldogs and helping out with added reps in practice.
“We didn’t think we had enough quarterbacks, didn’t have enough arm talent,” Smart said. “We knew he was here and was a student for over a year now. I had a relationship with him from Alabama, I knew his dad, Bob (McLeod). I’ve known him for a long time. We gave him an opportunity to come out and compete and he helped us out to throw the ball around. He’s done that so far, he’s got a good arm.”
Again, it’s not like I don’t recognize the odds for any individual walk-on to become a major contributor are daunting. But the more you bring in, the better those odds get that at least one breaks through. In any event, it’s a creative way to adjust to the 2013 class largely getting blown to the winds.