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Smart: Former Alabama, WKU QB turned UGA walk-on Parker McLeod adds depth

By Jason Butt

Kirby Smart talks position switches, vertical passing game

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart spoke with the media after practice on Tuesday.
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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart spoke with the media after practice on Tuesday.

After stints with both Alabama and Western Kentucky’s football programs, Parker McLeod became a regular student at Georgia. 

But when head coach Kirby Smart arrived at Georgia and ultimately realized the Bulldogs needed to add a quarterback to the roster, McLeod agreed to come on board at Smart’s request and added himself to the position group. The former Walton quarterback, who initially signed with Alabama as a three-star recruit in 2013, is now with the Bulldogs and helping out with added reps in practice. 

“We didn’t think we had enough quarterbacks, didn’t have enough arm talent,” Smart said. “We knew he was here and was a student for over a year now. I had a relationship with him from Alabama, I knew his dad, Bob (McLeod). I’ve known him for a long time. We gave him an opportunity to come out and compete and he helped us out to throw the ball around. He’s done that so far, he’s got a good arm.”

Georgia has only three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Eason. Sam Vaughn was the lone walk-on quarterback prior to McLeod’s arrival. 

While McLeod is also a walk-on, he was a scholarship talent out of high school and held additional offers from Louisville, Maryland and Oklahoma State, among others. 

“I think he’s a good football player,” Smart said. “He was at the University of Alabama, he was at Western Kentucky and went to school here. I think it was more of a good opportunity for the young man. He’s only going to be in college once, and he certainly grew up a Bulldog fan.”