The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost several big assistant coaches this offseason in a strange exodus from Nick Saban’s side. But the Alabama head coach is working hard to refill his coaching staff and may have zeroed in on an SEC coach to help run the offense.
According to Alabama reporter Matt Zenitz, the Crimson Tide are poised to hire Mississippi State running backs coach Charles Huff.
Per the report, he would be taking over as running backs coach to replace Joe Pannunzio at the same position. He would also be given “co-[offensive coordinator]” duties.
Huff served as Assistant Head Coach, Run Game Coordinator, & Running Backs Coach for the Bulldogs last season.
Alabama is expected to hire Mississippi State running backs coach Charles Huff, per sources.
Would be running backs and possibly co-OC for Alabama. Was Mississippi State's running backs coach, assistant head coach and run game coordinator last season.https://t.co/psL0ULWvHT
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 20, 2019
In joining Alabama, Huff joins a program that has a history of producing talented running backs for him to develop.
The Crimson Tide had three running backs average over 5.0 yards per carry in 2018.
Damien Harris led the way with a team-high 876 rushing yards. Joshua Jacobs led the team in rushing touchdowns with 11. Finally, Najee Harris led the team in yards per carry with a mark of 6.7.
Najee Harris is the only member of that group slated to return to the team in 2019.