Mike Ekeler was unfamiliar to most of the current players on the Georgia team when he was hired after a season at Southern California to coach Georgia‚Äôs inside linebackers.
Tim Kimbrough said he already had a good relationship with him because Ekeler recruited Kimbrough when he was co-defensive coordinator at Indiana.
Kimbrough, a sophomore from Indianapolis, chose to go to Georgia, not to stay home, but now Ekeler is his position coach.
‚ÄúHe kind of made a little joke, ‚ÄòYou thought you were going to get away from me,‚Äô‚Äù said Kimbrough, who had five tackles as a freshman.
Kimbrough was excited when recruited by Ekeler to Indiana, but not so excited about the team.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt want to go to IU because they were just a bad college football team and I felt like going to a good school where I could compete,‚Äù Kimbrough said.
Ekeler also coaches senior Ramik Wilson.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs passionate, real passionate,‚Äù Wilson said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs hyper, very hyper, but he‚Äôs a really good dude, really good coaching. He‚Äôs going to help me improve on the things that I need to improve on, all of us as a group and he‚Äôs going to make.‚Äù