ATHENS, Ga. -- UGA made official Wednesday what has been public knowledge since the weekend, announcing former Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson as its new defensive line coach, replacing Rodney Garner.
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Niblett/Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations)
Wilson, who turned 44 on Tuesday, accepted the job Friday, per sources. He then attended the coaches convention the past few days in Nashville, Tenn., a trip that included dinner with UGA head coach Mark Richt.
"Our family is excited to have the opportunity of coaching at one of the top institutions in college football," Wilson said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to being part of the Georgia program and putting all our energy and effort into winning games and championships, which I know is the goal of all those in the Georgia football family."
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After a stint at Oklahoma (his alma mater), Wilson joined the Mississippi State staff as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2010 before being named defensive coordinator in 2011, serving as the primary play-caller until Dan Mullen re-assigned those responsibilities for this season's bowl game. Mississippi State improved in seven major statistical categories in 2011 and ranked 16th nationally in scoring defense (19.7 points per game).
"Chris is a tremendous teacher, outstanding recruiter, mentor and brings a wealth of knowledge in coaching the defensive line to our program," Richt said of Wilson. "He has an extensive background not only as a position coach but also as a coordinator and is a very solid fit with what we do on defense.
"Just as important, Chris is a great role model as a father and husband. He and his wife, Tina, are awesome people and along with their children, Colby and Caleb, will be outstanding additions to our football family."
Wilson's son Caleb, a quarterback, is considered a football and perhaps a basketball recruit for the 2015 class.
UGA's announcement listed the title for Wilson, who served as special teams coordinator during his time at Oklahoma, as strictly defensive line coach, with no mention of the assistant head coach or recruiting coordinator titles also carried by his predecessor Garner.
Richt has said he is considering not awarding a recruiting coordinator to any current assistant coach as the title is a bit outdated with the current use of a recruiting office -- headed by Daryl Jones -- for the football program.