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Blog: Two former Bulldogs apply for UGA staff openings

Two former Georgia players with NFL experience are among those who have applied for recent job openings with the football program.

Kregg Lumpkin, a running back for the Bulldogs from 2003-07, is among more than 70 who responded seeking to fill an assistant strength and conditioning position.

After four seasons in the NFL with Green Bay, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants, he’s worked as a leasing consultant.

Former Georgia linebacker Arnold Harrison also applied for the same job as well as one of the openings for a defensive assistant on Mark Richt’s staff. Harrison, lettered from 2001-04, and was in the NFL from 2005-09 with Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

He’s currently a finance manager for a Lexus dealership in Atlanta. He served as the honorary captain for the Appalachian State game this season.

Former Georgia players have used a job on the strength staff as a springboard to get into coaching.

Former Bulldogs running back Thomas Brown now coaches running backs at Marshall. Tony Gilbert, the former Georgia linebacker, is now an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College.

There is a strength staff opening now after Justin Lovett left to become director of strength and conditioning at Western Kentucky.

An open records request also turned up applicants for vacancies on the defensive staff that were mostly names from smaller schools that would be longshots to land at Georgia.

Among those who applied: LaGrange defensive coordinator Terry Ursin, Johnson C. Smith (N.C.) head coach Steven Aycock, Greenville (Ill.) College defensive coordinator Trent Laune and Pat Hasker, who served as an in-school suspension monitor in Richmond, Texas and has been an assistant football coach. Ursin also applied for the strength staff position.

Two names more prominent that turned up for the defensive coordinator job when it was open before Jeremy Pruitt was quickly hired were John Thompson, the former defensive coordinator at Florida, Arkansas and Georgia State, and NFL assistant Bob Slowik.

Thompson was interim head coach at Arkansas State for its bowl win this past season after serving as its defensive coordinator.  Slowik was an assistant coach for the Redskins for four seasons and has experience as an NFL defensive coordinator.

Georgia still has one defensive staff opening after it hired Pruitt, Tracy Rocker as defensive line coach and Kevin Sherrer as a defensive assistant

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