Ole Miss is reportedly set to hire Phil Longo as the team’s offensive coordinator.
The Ole Miss Rebels have found their offensive coordinator. The Rebels will make Sam Houston State’s Phil Longo the new offensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
According to Bruce Feldman, Longo led the nation’s most prolific offense in FCS football. As the offensive coordinator for the Sam Houston State Bearkats, Longo’s offense put up 547 yards per game on their way to a 12-1 season.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 16, 2016
Longo is reportedly being brought in to help the offense in a few key areas – third down efficiency, Red Zone TD efficiency, and running the football. Under Longo, Sam Houston State’s offense boasted the nation’s best Red Zone TD scoring team (80%) and were No. 12 in third down efficiency and No. 39 in rushing yards per game.
Ole Miss finished 5-7 on the season, in part due to the injuries to starting quarterback Chad Kelly. The Rebels ranked No. 104 in Red Zone TD percentage, No. 67 in third down offense, and were No. 97 in rushing.