JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Georgia will not only have a new offensive coordinator in Saturday’s bowl game. Its offensive coordinator will also be in a different place.
John Lilly will call plays from the press box, just as he did last year when he was the interim offensive coordinator. Brian Schottenheimer called plays from the field this season, but he’s no longer with the program.
“(Lilly) wanted to be up there, which I think is very wise,” interim head coach Bryan McClendon said.
Steve Shimko, a graduate assistant who is acting as quarterbacks coach for the bowl, will be on the field on Saturday. Shimko had been in the press box for games this season.
It may not be a major factor, but Georgia did put up big numbers in last year’s 37-14 bowl win over Louisville when Lilly was calling plays from the booth. And Georgia’s offense took off – again, perhaps just a coincidence – under former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo when he went to the booth before the 2011 season.
Meanwhile, interim defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer is moving down to the field for Saturday’s game. Sherrer had been in the press box for games this year, acting as the eyes in the sky for previous defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who was on the field. Georgia’s defense currently ranks eighth nationally in amount of total yards allowed.