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Blog: Georgia adds to staff with quality control assistants

Georgia’s four new defensive assistant coaches aren’t the only new staff members the Bulldogs will have this spring.

There are four additions to the staff as quality control assistants: George Helow, Alex Jackson, Kelin Johnson and Jon Richt.

That brings the total of graduate assistants and quality control assistants to nine, according to UGA. That’s three more than the Bulldogs had last season listed as graduate assistants and program coordinators.

Helow was a graduate assistant at Florida State under new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and worked with him at Alabama. Helow is a Jacksonville, Fla., native who played mostly on special teams as a walk-on at Ole Miss from 2007-10.

Jackson started 11 games on the offensive line on Georgia’s 2002 SEC championship team. He earned his degree from Georgia in 2006 after a pro career. Jackson was most recently offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Mississippi Valley State and was a quality control assistant at Arkansas before that. His return to Georgia was reported first by coachingsearch.com.

As previously reported, Johnson, the former Georgia safety from 2004-07 and defensive captain, rejoined the program. He’s now a quality control assistant with the defense along with Helow and Mike Macdonald, who was a defensive GA.

Jon Richt, Mark Richt’s son and a former quarterback at Mars Hill (N.C.), is a volunteer quality control assistant. Buddy Collins, who was a program coordinator on staff, now is a quality control assistant working with the special teams.

Defensive graduate assistant Christian Robinson and offensive graduate assistants Dan Inman and Doug Saylor remain in those positions.

While graduate assistants can coach on the field, quality control assistants can’t. Georgia has six presently with the title of quality control assistant and has phased out the program coordinator title.

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