ATHENS, Ga., — The two position coaches who are routinely the most vocal during the Georgia football practices also happen to be the two newest to the program.
Tight ends coach Todd Hartley and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren are both in their first seasons at Georgia, and both have shown no hesitation of being vocal with their players.
Hartley came to Georgia from Miami and he’ll be replacing Jim Chaney. Warren came over from Florida and replaces Mel Tucker. Both Tucker and Chaney also doubled as the respective coordinators for their side of the ball. That now means that Hartley and Warren are able to focus more on their individual position groups.
For senior tight end Charlie Woerner, Hartley will be the third different tight ends coach he’s had in his time at Georgia. But that constant turnover at the head of the room hasn’t dimmed Woerner’s enthusiasm for the tight end group.
“I’m just excited for the season. Coach Hartley is a great coach for us and we’ve learned a lot at the position,” Woerner said. “I think the whole tight end room is going to have a good year.”
Georgia will have to replace Isaac Nauta, who finished last season with 30 catches and 430 yards. Woerner is expected to replace a bulk of that production this year, as he is the most experienced tight end in the room, to go along with John FitzPatrick, Eli Wolf, Brett Seither and Ryland Goede.
But Woerner isn’t going to turn into Travis Kelce overnight, and Georgia — despite a new offensive coordinator in James Coley — isn’t going to start targeting tight ends like the 2011 New England Patriots. The tight ends are still going to be key components in the blocking game as well.
That will mean that Woerner and others will have to make some personal sacrifices. The senior tight end said that is something Hartley has preached to the unit this fall.
“He definitely brings the intensity. He’s got a thing called ‘feed the fire,'” Woerner said. “It deals with fighting the disease within and the sinful nature we have as humans. Being selfless [is something he talks about]. He brings that ‘feed the fire’ attitude, and we bring that every day and try and help each other.”
Warren carries a similar intensity to that of Hartley. Warren didn’t hesitate to let a player know during practice that his effort was not helping a teammate who was going through a drill.
A difference between the two new position coaches is that this is the first time that the defensive backs room will be under new management since Kirby Smart took over the program.
Junior defensive back Mark Webb gave a description of Warren that was similar to what Woerner said about Hartley.
Both position coaches have stressed the importance of doing an individual job, as unglamorous as it might be, to help the entire team.
“He really stresses fundamentals and technique,” Webb said. “He wants us to be physical and guarding our man. He wants us to make sure we’re locking down our man and doing our job so that we can help the entire defense.”
For as vocal as Hartley and Warren are, they both pale in comparison to that of Smart. And that was before Smart’s voice was aided by a speaker.
But it’s clear that both Hartley and Warren possess a lot of the same attributes that Smart does as a coach. Hartley is a Georgia alum and a well-regarded recruiter. Warren’s expertise comes in the defensive secondary.
While the players might be adjusting to the two new position coaches, their coaching style isn’t all that different from the head coach they’ve played for their entire Georgia careers.
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