Kirby Smart has added a fairly prominent college coach to his Georgia football staff, in recent Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.
Watson comes on as an offensive quality control coach under Smart and recently promoted offensive coordinator James Coley.
Watson was dismissed by Pat Narduzzi after the Panthers’ 14-13 Sun Bowl loss. He spent two seasons as the team’s OC and quarterbacks coach.
Before that, he served as QB coach at Indiana, assistant head coach and QB coach at Texas, and OC at Louisville, where he helped bring along star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Georgia football announced the Shawn Watson hire on Friday.
Kirby Smart praised the experience he brings to the Dawgs’ staff.
“Shawn brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him after coaching the offensive side of the ball around the country during his career,” said Smart. “He is an excellent addition to our staff and we are pleased to have him in Athens already. “
This is Watson’s first non-field coaching role since 1983-84, when he served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Illinois.
The Dawgs’ run-heavy attack finished 14th in the nation at 37.9 points per game last season. The team loses a bunch of key offensive skill players, but brings back star quarterback Jake Fromm for his junior season.