ATHENS — Outgoing Georgia football fan favorite Terry Godwin doesn’t know the direction the Bulldogs’ offense is headed, but he knows James Coley will make sure it gets there fast.
Coley is Georgia’s new offensive coordinator and play caller, replacing Jim Chaney who left for the same post and a sizable raise at Tennessee.
“Coach Coley is a great guy, he’s very vocal and he brings the juice every day,” Godwin said. “You could say he’s similar to Coach (Kirby) Smart in that way.”
Coley coached Godwin and the Georgia receivers in 2017 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator last season.
Godwin, along with All-SEC center Lamont Gaillard, will play in the East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Tropicana Field (TV: NFL Network).
“I want to prove I can play inside or outside receiver,” Godwin said. “And I want to play physical.”
Godwin had 22 catches for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns last season, including a team-best 75-yard touchdown catch in what was arguably the Bulldogs’ most efficient offensive game, a 41-13 win over Vanderbilt.
The team’s leading returning receiver, Godwin suffered a sprained knee that lingered into August camp, and that was soon followed by a calf strain.
It put Godwin behind in the receiver rotation in September before the team captain got completely back up to speed and started nine of the last 10 games, including the SEC Championship Game and Sugar Bowl.
Godwin has been training in preparation for this week of East-West Shrine Bowl practice leading up to the game, so he said he’s not up on the latest goings-on in Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
But he did admit Chaney’s departure for Tennessee last week caught him off guard.
“Yes sir, I was very surprised,” Godwin told DawgNation in the phone interview on Thursday. “Coach Chaney, he just got there a few years ago, I didn’t expect him to leave this soon, we’ve had a great run.
“But, it’s a business decision.”
And now Godwin said he expects Coley to take care of business running the Georgia offense.
“Conceptually, he’s gong to make sure you know everything about those defenses before you play a team,” Godwin said. “He’s very enthusiastic, and he’s gong to make sure you have all the energy and you bring it every day.”
Georgia football WR Terry Godwin