Kirby Smart took a little step back in 2019, but the next decade still looks promising for him and the Georgia Bulldogs. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)
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Georgia hires Buster Faulkner to support staff

Georgia has added to its football staff with the hire of Buster Faulkner. Faulkner, who was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss last season, will be the Offensive Quality Control coach according to the school’s website.

The move comes days after Todd Monken was hired as offensive coordinator and James Coley was moved to assistant head coach.

Faulkner previously spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State from 2016-18, Middle Tennessee from 2012-15 and Murray State in 2010.

Georgia lost three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm, who announced this month he will enter the NFL Draft. The Bulldogs acquired graduate transfer Jamie Newman from Wake Forest and have several other quarterbacks on the roster.

Buster Faulkner was a quarterback at Gwinnett County's Parkview High School when it won a state title in 1997.
Photo: Jonathan Newton/AJC

Faulkner, from Lilburn, quarterbacked Parkview High to a state championship in 1997 before playing at Valdosta State from 2000-2003. Georgia coach Kirby Smart was a defensive assistant on the Valdosta State staff in 2000 and 2001

Faulkner passed for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns in three seasons at Valdosta. He transferred as a senior to Texas A&M Commerce, where he passed for 2,861 and 16 touchdowns.

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