Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke to step down

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Georgia associate head coach and offensive line coach Matt Luke during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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Georgia offensive line coach Matt Luke is stepping down from his position at Georgia, serving as the offensive line coach for the past two seasons. The news of Luke’s decision was first reported by Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com

Luke served as the offensive line coach at Georgia for the past two seasons, replacing Sam Pittman. Luke was set to be Georgia’s second-highest paid assistant, with only offensive coordinator Todd Monken making more than the $900,000 Luke was set to make in 2022.

Whoever inherits Luke’s job will take over a talented room. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, Warren McClendon and Warren Ericson all returns, as do talented young players such as Jones, Tate Ratledge and Amarius Mims.

Georgia signed five offensive linemen in the 2022 recruiting cycle, with four of them enrolling early. Drew Bobo, son of Georgia offensive analyst Mike Bobo, is the only offensive line signee who is not on campus as of this moment.

Smart also commented on Luke’s decision, thanking him for all he did in his time at Georgia.

““Matt Luke has made the decision to step away from coaching football,” Smart said. “He has been an invaluable part of our staff and played a great role in helping us win a National Championship. We are so appreciative of everything he has done for Georgia Football.  Matt, Ashley, and his children have been, and will continue to be, an important part of the Bulldog family and Athens community. We’re working on finding a coach that will continue to develop our young men and build our strong foundation with the offensive line.”

The Bulldogs do have two offensive line commitments in the 2023 recruiting cycle in 4-star prospect Bo Hughley and 3-star RyQueze McElderry.

Luke will be the fourth assistant Georgia has had to replace this offseason, as Dan Lanning is now the head coach at Oregon, Cortez Hankton is the wide receivers coach at LSU and Jahmile Addae is the defensive backs coach at Miami. Georgia hired Chidrea Uzo-Diribe as the replacement for Lanning at outside linebacker, Bryan McClendon is the new wide receivers coach and Fran Brown will coach defensive backs. Will Muschamp and Glenn Schumann will serve as co-defensive coordinators.

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