Yeah, Mississippi State, you lost Dan Mullen, but when it comes to offense, look … out.
Some guys just have it.
Some coaches just know how to crank up an offense and make it fly, and no one is doing it consistently better over the last few years than Joe Moorhead.
A solid quarterback for Fordham, he took over the head coaching gig in 2012 after growing into a bit of an underground assistant coaching star at Akron and UConn.
And then he made his alma mater a Patriot League and FCS star, going to the playoffs three years in a row with 32 wins over his last three years.
His 2014 Patriot League championship team was dominant, averaging over 40 points per game with a high-octane passing game, cranking up 326 yards per game with 39 scores, and it didn’t stop over the following two years.
He left to take over the offensive coordinator job at Penn State, trying to revive an attack that averaged 349 yards per game with nothing happening on the offensive line.
In his first season, the Nittany Lions averaged 433 yards per game with over 6,000 yards on the season with a Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
And this year’s O was even better, averaging 453 yards per game with creativity, balance, explosion and a night-and-day improvement from the line – at least from where it was two years ago.
Now the 44-year-old offensive coaching whiz becomes an interesting hire for a Mississippi State program that always Mississippi State, SEChas to come to the SEC West dance with something a wee bit different.
It won’t have the five-star recruits Alabama and LSU have, but it’ll have a high-powered offense that’ll bother the hell out of everyone week after week.
He might not be the sexiest household name, and he might not have any SEC ties that make him a natural fit, but this fish out of water coaching hire will survive just fine.
Welcome to the head coach none of the other SEC coaches are going to want to gameplan against.
At the very least, Bulldog fans, you’re going to have a whole lot of fun with this O.