George Helow has joined the Maryland football coaching staff, he announced on Twitter on Monday night, filling the lone vacancy on second-year coach Mike Locksley’s staff.
Helow will reportedly serve as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach, replacing John Papuchis, who left in December to coach special teams and defensive ends at Florida State.
Helow spent the previous four seasons at Colorado State, serving as safeties coach for the past two. He joined the Rams staff as a defensive graduate assistant in 2016 and served as a defensive quality control coach in 2017.
A former defensive back at Ole Miss, Helow earned his first college coaching job under Nick Saban at Alabama in 2012. After helping with the school’s junior day, Helow was invited to stay on as an intern in the weight room that spring and summer and serve as a defensive intern in the fall.
Before heading to Colorado State, Helow spent two seasons (2014-15) at Georgia as defensive quality control, including the first season on staff with offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who later hired Helow when he took over at Colorado State. In 2013, Helow was a defensive graduate assistant at Florida State, helping the Seminoles to a national title. In Tallahassee, the Jacksonville native served under defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who coached under Saban and became the head coach at Tennessee.
The Athletic first reported Helow’s hiring.
Maryland finished the 2019 season 3-9 and ranked 96th out of 130 FBS teams in ESPN’s SP+, a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of efficiency. The Terps ranked 80th on defense and 127th on special teams in SP+, and attempted just five field goals all season, making two. The team has experienced its share of roster turnover since the end of the season, with at least six players putting their names in the NCAA transfer portal. The Terps, however, had a strong recruiting push, with its 2020 class finishing 28th nationally in the 247 Sports Composite rankings after flipping five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett from LSU.