ATHENS – When offensive lineman Cordy Glenn decided last week to remain at UGA for his senior season, rather than enter the NFL draft, he didn’t know he’d soon be getting a new coach.
But that will be the case, with the departure this week of offensive line coach Stacy Searels for the same position at Texas.
“I’ve spoken with Coach,” Glenn said today. “He just told me he loved me, and he wished us the best. It was a business decision; he had to do what was best for him and his family. I respect him. It’s a business at the end of the day.”
Glenn said he has no inkling who might be hired to replace Searels, but “I’m positive Coach Richt will bring somebody great in for us. I just want to play football. I really don’t care who the coach is. I just want to play.”
Speaking of playing: Glenn, who started all 13 games at left guard this past season, said he expects to play “a little tackle” next season. How much? “See how the season goes,” he said.
Glenn said he decided to return for his senior season for several reasons: “improving my draft status, getting closer to my degree and just helping this football team out.”
Cornerback Brandon Boykin, who also decided last week to forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season, said today that last season’s 6-7 record was “a disappointing season that nobody really was proud of” and that he didn’t want “to go out on that note.”
He said he’s encouraged by changes in the strength and conditioning program, and convinced the 2011 season will be much better.
“I think we’ve hit the ground running with this off-season program that you’ve heard a lot about, and everybody has high hopes,” Boykin said. “… Everybody really does feel we have a great chance to compete and win the SEC this year.
“Coming off [this past] season, nothing is going to be laid back at this point,” he added. “We’re not happy with where we ended, and everybody has that type of mindset that we want to get back on top. They definitely implemented that in the strength and conditioning program.”
Another reason Boykin decided to return for his senior season: He said he’s on track to graduate in December, meaning he can leave for the NFL next year with his degree in hand.
– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog