Kirby Smart ensures Georgia football coaching staff enjoys 9-0 start

ATHENS — Kirby Smart says he’s split the season into quarters, but he’s making sure his coaching staff gets their money’s worth along the way.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken is set to raise $100,000 in the second and third years of the contract extension he signed last June, according to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald.

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Monken has looked like a bargain at $2.005 million this season as his coaching and storylines helped turn a former fourth-string passer into the SEC’s No. 2 passer entering Georgia’s game at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

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The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs can clinch what would be their fifth trip to the SEC Championship in the last six years with a win at Starkville.

Monken oversaw Georgia offenses in 2020 and 2021 that produced the two highest-rated passers in school history in JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett.

Former Florida coach Dan Mullen noted Bennett’s development earlier this season.

“Last year was always, can they win despite Stetson Bennett?” says Mullen. “(It was) let’s put it all on everyone and don’t let them make mistakes.”

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Monken rewired the basic pattern of inside runs and intense game action with RPO and shooters, to a perimeter attack.

Bennett, coming off one of the best performances of his career in a historic 27-13 win over Tennessee in the Battle of the No. 1-ranked teams, was quick to praise ‘Coach Monk’ for his play calls and schemes after most games. this season.

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Bennett himself deserves a lot of credit, as he improved his mechanics in the offseason and makes good decisions at the line of scrimmage in Monken’s Pro-Style offense.

It paid off for Bennett, as his NIL deals approached $1 million after a deal worth around $50,000 with an onion company earlier this season.

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Georgia’s defense has also grown in strength this season, putting in some of the most impressive reloading work after the Bulldogs had eight players selected in the NFL Draft, including five first-round picks.

Smart ensured defensive backs coach Fran Brown received a one-time payment of $203,597, while Chidera Uzo-Diribe received a payment of $77,399.

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Brown and Uzo-Diribe — both coaches on two-year contracts — earn $775,000 and $455,000 a year.

As for Smart’s “quarter system,” the Bulldogs’ seventh-year head coach said, “we really start the fourth quarter, (and) they remember what you do in November.”

OC Todd Monken $2 million*

Co-CD Will Muschamp $800,000

Co-CD Glenn Schumann $800,000

RB Dell McGee $800,000

DL Scott Tray $750,000

DB Fran Brown $750,000

WR Bryan McClendon $700,000

OL Stacy Searels $650,000

TE Todd Hartley $650,000

OLB Chidera Uzo-Diribe $450,000

*-Monken has built-in $100,000 increases payable July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024

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