Monday, January 10, 2011
Clemson adds two assistants
By ESPN.com staff
Former Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris and former Duke defensive coordinator Marion Hobby will join Clemson's coaching staff, the school announced Monday. Both accepted positions over the weekend. Morris will serve as Clemson’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Hobby will be defensive ends coach.
(Their appointments will be official after normal background checks are completed this week.)
Both of these coaches are good hires, and Clemson should be better in 2011 for it. Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele knows Hobby, and they'll work well together, and Morris has had proven success at Tulsa, which is exactly what the Tigers' offense needed -- experience.
Morris was the offensive coordinator at Tulsa this past season, where the Golden Hurricanes ranked 13th in the nation in passing offense with 288.7 yards per game and 15th in rushing offense with 216.9 yards per game. Their 505.6 total offensive yards per game ranked fifth in the nation. Tulsa was the only school in the nation to rank in the top 15 in both rushing offense and passing offense.
Tulsa averaged 41.4 points per game, eighth best in the nation, and scored at least 28 points in 12 of their 13 games. Tulsa was also fifth nationally in first downs per game with 25.6, and tied for fifth in touchdowns scored from the red-zone with 46. Morris’s offense scored 64 touchdowns overall off scrimmage plays, 32 rushing and 32 passing.
Under Morris, Tulsa improved from 58th in the nation in rushing to 15th, from 32nd in passing to 13th, 35th to fifth in total offense, and 44th in scoring to eighth.
Hobby returns to Clemson after spending the last three years at Duke. He was assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Blue Devils. In 2008, Duke's defense held opponents to 23.4 points per game, the lowest in 20 years, and held three opponents to less than 10 points, a first for the program since 1976.
This is Hobby’s second stint at Clemson. He served as defensive line coach in 2005, helping the Tigers to an 8-4 season and a Top 25 finish in the AP poll. Clemson finished 11th in the nation in scoring defense that year, allowing just 17.6 points per game. Clemson also ranked in the top 25 in the country in total defense, pass efficiency defense and rush defense that year.