The newest Georgia football player this winter and the newest Georgia assistant coach spoke to the media today in Athens.
Inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler will also hold the title of co-special teams coordinator, overseeing kickoff coverage, punt return and field goal/point after block.
Ekeler has already bought a home in Oconee County even though his family, including his wife and four kids 13 and under, remains back in Los Angeles where he coached last season at Southern California.
He coached before that most recently at Indiana and Nebraska.
“They’re going to have to take me out of here at gunpoint,” said Ekeler, who said new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt reminds him of Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops who he also worked for.
Ekeler told the story of living in an 45-foot RV when he first arrived at Indiana, where he was co-defensive coordinator.
“Down by the river, eating government cheese,” Ekeler deadpanned the Chris Farley character Matt Foley.
The RV was parked attached to the end zone. It was a Mother’s Day gift to his wife, he said.
“The kids referred to it as `The Dream’ because everytime we’d drive by one I was like `That’s the dream, kids.’ So I had to buy one for Mother’s Day.”
The RV was sold when he moved to California. Filling a 100-gallon tank in that state could be costly.
Now on to quarterback Jacob Park, the only early enrollee this year. He was named Mr. Football in South Carolina, but spent his early years in upstate New York. He has a New York Yankees tattoo on his arm.
Park said he will wear jersey No. 7 because his old jersey No. 10 is taken by quarterback Faton Bauta. Park said he wants to compete for the No. 2 job, but also said that a redshirt year might not be a bad thing for him.
Here’s the video of Ekeler:
And here’s video of Park: