Hogs hire Miami assistant for WRs

Arkansas’ Florida presence has gotten even stronger.

George McDonald is known as a top recruiter and has NFL experience.

Miami passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach George McDonald has been named the Razorbacks’ wide receivers coach, the UA announced Wednesday night.

McDonald, 36, is known as a top-notch recruiter “as well as a great teacher and technician,” Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said. He helped Miami pull in a 2012 recruiting class ranked ninth nationally by 247Sports.

“In his heart, he has always wanted to be a college coach because he believes in recruiting young men and being a part of helping them develop for four years,” Bielema said in the press release “He will be a positive influence on our wide receivers as they grow and learn under his guidance.”

McDonald joins Bielema and assistant coaches Charlie Partridge and Sam Pittman as coaches on the UA staff who have solid results recruiting Florida.

McDonald, a four-year letterman as a wide receiver in Illinois, has coached for the Hurricanes since 2011. Before that, he had a two-year stint as wide receivers coach of the Cleveland Browns and has worked at six other colleges, including Minnesota.

He has coached 10 wide receivers who’ve gone on to play in the NFL, including Green Bay’s Greg Jennings and Denver’s Eric Decker. And while in Cleveland, he worked with Braylon Edwards, Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi.

“His track record of developing NFL-ready receivers and his first-hand experience as a position coach in the league will be attractive to our student-athletes and future Razorback receivers,” Bielema said. “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.”

McDonald took over passing game coordinator duties in 2012, and the Hurricanes ranked 28th in the nation in passing offense (295.4 yards per game. The Hurricanes also ranked in the top five in the ACC in total offense, scoring offense and pass efficiency. Sophomore receiver Phillip Dorsett ranked ninth in the conference in receiving yards per game and 10th in receptions per game.

When McDonald worked at Minnesota in 2007-2008, one of his pupils, Decker, twice broke the school’s single-season receptions record and finished his career as the Gophers’ career record holder for catches and receiving yards.

McDonald competed in football and track at Illinois, winning the Big Ten indoor title in the 60-meter dash as a senior in a school-record 6.74 seconds. He graduated from Illinois in 1999 with a degree in health planning and administration.

The McDonald File

Birthdate: May 10, 1976

Hometown: Buena Park, Calif.

Bowl Games: Insight Bowl, 2008; International Bowl, 2007

Coaching Experience

Dec. 2012 Arkansas (Wide Receivers)

2012 University of Miami (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2011 University of Miami (Wide Receivers)

2009-10 Cleveland Browns (Wide Receivers)

2007-08 University of Minnesota (Wide Receivers)

2005-06 Western Michigan (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2004 Stanford (Tight Ends)

2001-03 Northern Illinois (Wide Receivers)

Spring 2001 Bucknell (Wide Receivers)

2000 Ball State (Graduate Assistant)

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