Alabama football had a truly star-studded offensive staff last year. Arguably the three biggest names involved—offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, co-OC Josh Gattis, and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos—have all moved on.
Locksley is getting his second chance at a head coaching job. He previously had a pretty brutal tenure at New Mexico, but landed the job at Maryland, where he has deep roots, especially in the Terrapins’ DMV recruiting territories.
Gattis may be making the most intriguing move. He was set to join Locksley as Maryland OC, but was snagged by Jim Harbaugh, where he is reshaping the Michigan offense. The two have feuded a bit this offseason as well.
Enos will be making his debut at his new school tonight. He is now the OC at Miami, who face Florida in the first Week Zero game.
Compared to the other two programs, Maryland has flown under the radar. Most are expecting a rebuilding season for Locksley, and the Terrapins’ ceiling in a rough Big Ten East is in question. Kirk Herbstreit thinks it is a bit ridiculous that Gattis and Enos are getting more hype at their new stops than Locksley, who had the biggest role in crafting Alabama’s offense last season.
He called it “disrespectful” on ESPN’s “The College Football Podcast With Herbie & Pollack.” Via 247Sports:
“I almost take more away from what he did at Arkansas than what he did at Alabama,” Herbstreit said about Enos on the latest episode of The College Football Podcast. “I think it’s been misguided over the summer with (new Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis) and Dan Enos at Miami as if they were the offensive coordinator and they were the guys that kind of produced the Alabama offense with (quarterback Tua Tagovailoa). I’m probably close as anybody to this Alabama team…
“I really feel people are disrespecting Mike Locksley by trying to celebrate Dan Enos, and trying to celebrate Gattis, I think they’re really taking away from what Mike Locksley did. And he was the guy that was really pushing the buttons, so I think they were part of it but it’d be no different than hiring a position coach at some other school. So these guys were not calling plays.”
Most of the talk centered on Enos, who is also a former coordinator at Arkansas and head coach at Central Michigan. Herbstreit cautioned people from assuming he’d take a system that was dynamic with the likes of Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy, and plug it right in at The U. The same can probably be said of Michigan, even though the talent is probably a step up there from Miami at the moment.
Miami and Florida kick off at 7 p.m. ET tonight. Next Saturday, Michigan gets its start against Middle Tennessee State, while Maryland opens the Locksley era against Howard.