ATHENS — For the next two weeks, Kevin Sherrer is Georgia’s defensive coordinator. After that? Well, Sherrer’s future is uncertain, but he seems to be a man with some options.
There’s a decent chance he will remain on Georgia’s staff, as he knows and has worked with incoming head coach Kirby Smart before.
“Kevin’s a guy that I know and that I’ve worked with. I’ve got a lot of respect for Kevin,” Smart said on Monday. “I think he does a great job. My wife and family are friends with his family. We’ve worked together at the University of Alabama.”
Speaking of which, Sherrer could also be welcome back at Alabama, where Jeremy Pruitt will take over as defensive coordinator once the playoffs are over. They worked well together for two years at Georgia, as well as at a couple previous jobs.
And as long as connections are being thrown around, what about the one with Mark Richt? Sherrer worked for Richt the past two years as Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, and to date Richt has yet to name any of his defensive staff at Miami.
It’s hard to see Sherrer not landing on one of those staffs as a position coach. And it’s not outlandish to wonder if one of them might tap him for an even bigger role.
“I definitely see him as a coordinator,” Georgia senior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. “I definitely see that in his future. Because of the things he does. He wasn’t just the outside backers coach the whole season. He also coaches up the stars and he knows the whole defense. I saw him and Pruitt gameplan, and I feel like that’s just two of the same type people, and I really feel like he can embrace that role and thrive in it.”
Sherre has done it before: He was the defensive coordinator at South Alabama in 2013, where his unit finished 51st nationally in total yardage, though second in the Sun Belt.
He was also defensive coordinator for three years at the high school level: Hoover (Ala.), the powerhouse of “Two-a-Days” fame, which won the state championship Sherrer’s final year running the defense.
Sherrer also has a varied background: He coached outside linebackers and stars (nickel backs) the past two years, but for bowl practice is moving over to inside linebackers. He was defensive backs coach at South Alabama, which he also coached in high school.
On top of all that, Sherrer was actually on the other side of the ball as a player: He was a tight end at Alabama. When he became a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide his duties included a bit of special teams.
This year Sherrer has been the lone defensive assistant in the booth, Pruitt’s eyes in the sky.
“If you were messing up you’d hear something,” Jenkins said. “But he’d also give tips and things of that nature if he saw something in the box, he’d relay it down to coach Pruitt, relay it down to coach Rocker to give to us.”
It’s not clear whether Sherrer will move down to the field for the bowl. It’s also not clear whether it will be a tryout for a coordinator job at Georgia, Alabama or Miami next year.
But it seems clear that amid all the uncertainty, Sherrer is in a pretty good spot.