The tenth man

From Seth Emerson’s observations of yesterday’s practice:

One tangible benefit for being able to hire a 10th assistant coach: Scott Fountain, in his new role as the special teams coordinator, was working with the kickers and punters. The past two seasons Shane Beamer, who was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, worked with the tight ends during the early periods while the kickers and punters worked without a full-time assistant coach[Emphasis added.]

I’d say that sounds positively Richtian, except I assume that Fountain and Butler were working with them as support staff.  It’s one of the clear benefits of flooding the program with expanded staffing and it’s hard to argue that it didn’t payoff spectacularly last season.

That being said, I’m sure glad Fountain is Georgia’s special teams coordinator.

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  1. Granthams replacement

    Amen Senator. Kirby is a long way away from directional kicking, Logan Grey and the Blair Walsh project.

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  2. Russ

    I hope Butler finds some more classes to take. It would be nice to have him sticking around.

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  3. Macallanlover

    Hard to argue that the improvement in Hot Rod’s performance wasn’t the biggest step up on the entire squad. His leg strength and accuracy in 2017 was startling relative to what we saw the prior season. Not sure how much that can be attributed to Butler but he was the main guy at UGA so I am giving him (and Rodrigo) the credit. Well done, men.

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  4. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Dr. Butler, PhD has a nice ring to it…

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  5. BA Baracus

    “… except I assume that Fountain and Butler were working with them as support staff”

    Butler I would imagine so, since he’s a GA, but I didn’t think support staff were allowed to work directly with players?

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    • They can’t be on the field during games. I believe you can have as many as you want on the practice field.

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      • BA Baracus

        My curiosity was killing me, and I’m procrastinating from actual work, so I had to look it up. Apparently, support staff are barred from actively coaching players (in games or practice) recruiting off-campus, etc. They can be on the field to “observe” practice, however. I’m sure that line between “observe” and “actively coach” never gets crossed. 😉

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  6. Spur 21

    Butler is considered a “Student Assistant” – he is enrolled and taking classes

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