Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema continues to impress with the staff he is putting together for the Razorbacks’ 2013 football team. On Wednesday Bielema added another excellent position coach who is also highly regarded as a recruiter, University of Miami wide receivers coach George McDonald.
George McDonald will replace former Arkansas wide receivers coach Kris Cinkovich after “Cink’s” three very successful years in Fayetteville.
Cinkovich has left big shoes for McDonald to fill after coaching back-to-back All-Americans Joe Adams and Cobi Hamilton; granted Adams was an All-American as a special teams player. Still, Cinkovich had three Arkansas receivers drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and should see Hamilton taken early in the 2013 draft.
Cink also oversaw back-to-back seasons of single-season and career receiving records broken at Arkansas between Jarius Wright and Cobi Hamilton.
The good news for Razorback Nation is if there is anyone that could fill Cinkovich’s shoes McDonald’s background and resume makes him a perfect choice for Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s staff.
McDonald, much like Cinkovich, has been pointed out by national publications for his recruiting abilities. In February 2012 Cinkovich was named a Top 50 recruiter in the nation by 247Sports. In 2012 McDonald was named a Top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com.
McDonald also oversaw a record breaking wide receiver with Eric Decker at University of Minnesota. For two-years McDonald instructed Decker to back-to-back single season school record in receptions hauling in 67 in 2007 and 84 in 2008.
A separating factor for recruits could be McDonald’s time in the NFL. McDonald spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns. Padding his resume and knowledge of the game is his time at Miami as not only the team’s wide receiver coach but his capacity as the Hurricane’s passing coordinator in 2012.
In 2012 Miami had one of the top passing attacks in college football ranking No. 28 with an average of 295 passing yards per game. More importantly, Hurricane fans will point out McDonald’s instruction and growth over UM’s wide receivers. Malcom Lewis (pre-injury), Herb Waters, Davon Johnson, and Phillip Dorsett all showed tremendous growth as wide receivers playing major college football.
Bret Bielema’s take on George McDonald:
“George McDonald has a reputation as a top recruiter as well as a great teacher and technician. He knows what it takes to be an NFL receiver and has the ability to teach our players how to be a pro in every aspect so they can maximize their potential in college and set themselves up for a career on the next level.”