Malzahn Ready to Turn Chad Morris Loose With Offense
National contender Clemson and Dabo Swinney were struggling before Chad Morris took over the offense—Morris has now been given the keys to Auburn's offense (photo: Chad Morris/ USA TODAY Sports)
If there is one thing that seems consistent about Gus Malzahn’s tenure at Auburn, it’s been his constantly taking the offensive reigns away from his coordinators while at times saying he will turn the reigns over to his OC.
On Tuesday, Gus did it again. Just one year after taking over the play calling, he announce that his new offensive coordinator Chad Morris would run the offense in 2020. “You don’t hire a guy like Chad,” Gus said, “and not give him full control.” However, since Morris is a Gus Malzahn disciple, the offense should mirror Malzahn’s philosophy.
It’s been well documented that the two old friends go way back. But he does have a résumé in his own right, having put together high scoring offenses at Tulsa, Clemson, and SMU. His SMU Mustangs were ranked 12th in in the nation in 2017, averaging close to 500 yards per game while scoring 38 per contest.
Many see the rise of Dabo Sweeney at Clemson being directly related to Morris’ ability to coach record-setting QB Tajh Boyd, recruiting Deshaun Watson and installing an offense that is still, for the most part, run by the Purple Tigers today.
He has already made a connection with some of the players, including quarterback Bo Nix, who said he’s excited about working with his new coordinator.
“Chad Morris is one of the best offensive minds in college football. He’s going to take our offense, and he’s going to run with it, said Gus. “We’re ready to turn him loose.”