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Alabama football: Tide makes it official that Enos will coach QBs

February 22, 2018 GMT

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s offensive overhaul is official.

Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos will join the Crimson Tide staff as associate head coach and quarterbacks coach, it was announced Thursday by the school among several coaching staff changes.

In the wake of Brian Daboll’s departure to the Buffalo Bills, Alabama promoted co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator, it was officially announced Thursday.

Wide receivers coach Josh Gattis was given the title of co-offensive coordinator, too, according to the school.

Now comes Enos, the 49-year-old renowned quarterback developer who has produced a 3,000-yard passer in six of his last seven seasons as a coach.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge with five years of head coaching experience and numerous stops as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach,” Tide coach Nick Saban was quoted as saying in a news release. “Dan is a bright football mind and an outstanding recruiter who will strengthen our coaching staff and give our players the best chance to be successful.”

Enos spent five seasons as Central Michigan’s head coach before Bret Bielema plucked him to run the Razorbacks offense in 2015. Arkansas averaged more than 30 points and 425 yards per game in 2015 and 2016.

Bielema and his coaching staff were fired following a disastrous, four-win 2017 campaign. Enos’ offense — handcuffed by injuries during the season to senior quarterback Austin Allen and senior center Frank Ragnow along with the career-ending injury to 1,300-yard rusher Rawleigh Williams in the preseason — still averaged 28 points per game and 5.59 yards per play.

Enos was slated to work as an offensive analyst at Michigan this season.

Not even three months after Jim Harbaugh hired him, Enos departs for Tuscaloosa, where he inherits the fascinating quarterback conundrum between 28-game starter Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, who captained Alabama to a second-half comeback in the CFP Championship Game after Hurts was benched.

“I have an incredible amount of admiration for the rich tradition of football success at Alabama. I am really excited to be part of this program, and I can’t wait to get out on the field and get started,” Enos was quoted as saying in a news release.

In his first season at Arkansas, Enos guided Brandon Allen to a 3,440-yard season — then just the third quarterback in program history to throw for more than 3,000 yards — that made him a finalist for the Manning Award.

Brandon’s brother, Austin, threw for 3,430 yards in 2016, completing 61 percent of his passes with a 146.04 passer rating. Four of Enos’ five seasons as Central Michigan’s head coach concluded with a 3,000-yard passer.

Alabama threw for 2,708 yards as a team last season, apparently requiring Saban to go to a familiar face.

Enos quarterbacked Michigan State from 1987-90. His freshman season was Saban’s last as the Spartans defensive coordinator.

Now the two reunite.

Dan Enos’ last seven pass offenses

YearTeamTeam Pass Yds-TDsTeam QBR2010Central Michigan3,408-17124.612011Central Michigan3,290-25126.822012Central Michigan3,170-23137.582013Central Michigan2,5000-15125.62014Central Michigan3,157-27149.542015Arkansas3,486-31167.152016Arkansas3,434-26145.632017Arkansas2,465-18129.55