Friday, June 1, 2012
Tide's new OC Nussmeier ready to roll
By ESPN.com staff
Alex Scarborough has the story on first-year Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who is champing at the bit to unleash the Crimson Tide offense:
MOBILE, Ala. -- Doug Nussmeier isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel at Alabama.
Yes, he’s a former record-breaking college quarterback who likes to throw the ball around. And, yes, he wants to use AJ McCarron to the best of his abilities. When he talks about the depth and talent at wide receiver, his eyes light up.
There’s a plan formulating in the newly minted Alabama offensive coordinator’s mind, but it’s not one bent on overturning the offensive philosophy that has won the Crimson Tide two national championships in three seasons.
For as much as Nussmeier salivates over the quarterbacks and receivers, he’s shown as much interest in running backs, tight ends and the offensive line.
Prior to a speaking engagement in Mobile on Thursday night, Nussmeier spoke to reporters about the excitement surrounding his first year at the Capstone and the talented roster he’ll have at his disposal. And like any quarterback worth his salt, Nussmeier started his praise with the offensive line.
“When you look at our offensive front, it’s a very veteran group, an experienced group,” Nussmeier said of a line that includes five returning starters and the reigning Outland Trophy winner in Barrett Jones. “They’ve played well together. It’s really good when you can come in and have that kind of strength in your offensive front.
“It’s exciting when you have that kind of group up front that can protect the quarterback and then come off the football and let you run it.”
Spend any amount of time with Nussmeier, and it’s clear he gets it. Whether it’s talking about the offensive line or overall offensive philosophy, you can see why Nick Saban hired him away from the University of Washington in January.
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