Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dan Mullen uses familiar face at TE coach
By Edward Aschoff
A month after moving to a more internal role with Mississippi State's football team, Scott Sallach was made the Bulldogs' tight ends coach again, Dan Mullen announced Monday.
Sallach had been Mississippi State's tight ends coach since 2009, but was made coordinator of football scouting in February. But with Tim Brewster, who moved from wide receivers coach to tight ends coach after Billy Gonzales was hired to be the team's new receivers coach in mid-February, leaving for Florida State, Mullen decided to move Sallach back to his old position.
"Scott is both an outstanding football coach and a relentless recruiter," Mullen said in a statement through the school Monday. "When we had the opportunity to add Billy Gonzales to our staff, we anticipated this move in the future. Scott's willingness to help our program in any way should be commended. His expertise has led our tight ends to record numbers of productivity in the last four seasons."
The move also comes on the same day the NCAA suspended new recruiting legislation that deregulated which staff members can perform recruiting tasks. If the new rule stood, Sallach would have been able to recruit prospects, making him that much more important internally.
Sallach has had some past success with Bulldogs tight ends. He helped Marcus Green adjust to Mullen's spread offense in 2009 and watched as Green ranked second on the team with 27 catches for 306 yards. In 2011, he coached up All-SEC freshman Malcolm Johnson, who finished tied for second on the team in touchdowns and managed a team-high 18.7 yards per catch.
Mississippi State's tight ends combined to catch 34 passes for 432 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
The good news for the Bulldogs is that there won't be any change for the tight ends going forward, as they won't have to adapt to a new coaching personality or any sort of new philosophy.
It also means that with spring practice beginning Thursday, Mullen's coaching staff is now finally complete.