ATHENS - If Georgia ever chose to give a current assistant a special teams title, John Lilly would likely be that man. But the team's tight ends coach doesn't think that's necessary.
After last season, when Georgia's special teams were for the most part a debacle, much was made of head coach Mark Richt not hiring a special teams coach.
Nationally, Georgia was 117th in punt coverage, 88th in kickoff coverage, 65th in kickoff returns and 43rd in punt returns.
But it's not quite as hiring one person to oversee special teams: The NCAA limits teams to nine assistant coaches. Currently, no SEC team has a coach whose single duty is coaching special teams.
Still, Georgia and Missouri are the only two programs in the SEC where an assistant doesn't carry a special teams title. Half of the SEC teams have their tight ends coach also serve as special teams coordinator.
Lilly, who coaches Georgia's tight ends and some special teams, thinks it's fine the way it is.
"The way we've got it divided up and the way coach has already done it is a pretty good thing," Lilly said. "When we led America in net punting in 2009 and we were fourth in America in 2010, I didn't hear anybody saying anything. And to be honest with you last year we weren't nearly as good I didn't really hear it then because I don't listen to it."
Lilly coaches the extra point and field goal teams. Other assistants handle kick and punt return, and kickoff and punt coverage.
"The way that we do it, it takes some of that off of one person," Lilly said. "It's an enormous job, and everybody can kind of focus on their area and focus on what's their area."
How do you handle coaching a special teams unit in addition to a position group?
"You come early and stay late," Lilly said with a laugh. "You do offense and defense during the balance of the day, and you do your special teams before that or after that."
Here are the job titles for special teams around the SEC:
Alabama: Bobby Williams, tight ends/special teams coordinator
Arkansas: Steve Caldwell, special teams coordinator, defensive ends
Auburn: Jay Boulware, special teams coordinator/tight ends
Florida: D.J. Durkin, linebackers/special teams coordinator
Kentucky: Greg Nord, special teams coordinator/tight ends
LSU: Thomas McGaughey is the special teams coordinator.
Mississippi State: Head coach Dan Mullen considers himself special teams coach
Ole Miss: Tom Allen, special teams coordinator/linebackers
South Carolina: Joe Robinson, specials teams coordinator/tight ends
Tennessee: Charlie Coiner, special teams coordinator/tight ends
Texas A&M: Brian Polian, special teams coordinator/tight ends
Vanderbilt: Charlie Bankins, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach
Missouri: No special teams coach