Alabama considers the elite Big 12 coach the offensive coordinator target

Is Alabama Pursuing Its 1B Option To Replace Bill O’Brien As Offensive Coordinator?

Close sources confirmed to Touchdown Alabama Magazine last week that Jeff Lebby is a top offensive play-caller option alongside Joe Brady. ESPN’s Pete Thamel thinks along the same lines. He told Paul Finebaum Wednesday that the Crimson Tide could be trending toward Lebby, especially after Josh Heupel’s offense set fire to Alabama’s defense last season.

The Volunteers scored 52 points in a 52-49 win at Neyland Stadium.

“I would think Nick Saban saw the fits that Tennessee and Josh Heupel gave him this year,” Thamel said, “and offensively, I think they’ll probably bias a little bit and maybe overcorrect a little bit more in that direction.” , if you go . Well, I’m not saying they will morph into the Baylor offensive beginning in the mid-2000s. But one name I’ve heard is (Jeff Lebby), Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator. He obviously had success at the SEC West.

“He obviously learned from Lane Kiffin and emigrated to Oklahoma last year – to some mixed results in a year of recovery. But I think if the option, schematically, is to go faster or slower, I assume Alabama will end up going faster.

Lebby, 39, is a Texan native and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

One of the brightest offensive heads in college football, he has had success in Baylor, Central Florida, Ole Miss and Oklahoma. Lebby served at Baylor from 2008 to 2016 in a variety of roles including offensive quality control coach, running backs coach, offensive recruiting coordinator, and passing game sports coordinator. His recruiting, scheming, game planning, and matchup manipulation allowed Robert Griffin III, Nick Florence, and Bryce Petty to excel as 3,000-yard passers. Griffin won the 2011 Heisman Memorial Trophy after rushing for 4,293 passing yards and 47 total touchdowns. Lebby’s offense allowed running backs like Jay Finley, Terrance Ganaway, Lache Seastrunk, Shock Linwood and Terence Williams to total over 1,000 rushing yards. Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams, Antwan Goodley, Corey Coleman and KD Cannon were receivers for 1,000+ yards. Baylor averaged over 40 points per game from 2011 to 2015 under Lebby. Lebby was the offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach for the University of Central Florida in 2018 and 2019.

UCF averaged over 43 points per game in both seasons and had more than 10 wins. Lebby coached a 3,000-yard passer (Dillon Gabriel, 3,653) in 2019, while McKenzie Milton had 34 total touchdowns in 2018. Greg McCrae rushed for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018. Eight receivers caught at least 20 passes, and Gabriel Davis led Central Florida in receptions (72), yards (1,241), and touchdowns (12) in 2018. Lebby assisted Lane Kiffin in making Ole Miss 2020 and 2021 a balanced offense.

He turned Matt Corral into a two-time 3,000-yard passer and an NFL draft selection. Lebby’s plan allowed Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Connor to stand out as running backs. Both together scored in Lebby’s two seasons at Oxford, Miss.

Elijah Moore (1,193) and Dontario Drummond (1,028) totaled over 1,000 yards.

Oklahoma had a rebuilding year in 2022, but Lebby produced marquee numbers. He took Dillon Gabriel as a UCF transfer and turned him back into a 3,000-yard passer (3,168) with 25 pass touchdowns. Eric Gray had 1,366 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while Marvin Mims had 54 catches for 1,083 yards and six points. Lebby has been successful at every coaching stop.

He could take Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson to the next level if given the opportunity.

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