UGA hires former Miami DB to support staff

Miami defensive back Dallas Crawford yells back to the bench during the second half of an NCAA College football game against Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Clemson defeated Miami 58-0. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Georgia lost one football support staff member with connections to Miami but has added another.

 

Former Hurricanes defensive back Dallas Crawford has joined the Bulldogs in an off-field role. Georgia this offseason lost quality control assistant and former Miami receivers coach Kevin Beard for a full-time coaching job at Florida International. He later was hired as Tennessee’s wide receivers coach.

Georgia also has hired Jake Stroot as director of football technology after holding a similar position at Louisville since 2014. He was video coordinator at alma mater Appalachian State for 15 years and is a three-time winner of the Collegiate Sports Video Association Ultimate SAVVY Award for best collegiate highlight video. Georgia director of video operations Brett Greene left to become director of video for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Bucaneers.

Crawford, from Fort Myers, Fla., played safety at Miami in 2014 and 2015, starting nine games, after playing running back under then Miami offensive coordinator James Coley, now the Bulldogs’ wide receivers coach. He had a team-leading 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013.

Crawford had two laterals in Miami’s controversial 81-yard kickoff return touchdown to beat Duke in 2015, a play that resulted in the ACC suspending officials for calls not made.

He’s a former team captain at Miami.

“He’s the epitome of what we’re trying to help young people do at the end of the day,” then coach Al Golden told the Miami Herald in 2015. “”He’s in grad school; he’s got a degree; he’s part of the leadership council here in the school, and he’s a leader on our team. He’s building a great resume. … He’s very, very mature and to have that in the locker room is refreshing.”

 

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