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Hill and Ofodile given new roles on Missouri’s staff

January 24, 2018 GMT

Sixteen days before the regular signing period for college football begins, Missouri shuffled its coaching staff; as Andy Hill and newly promoted A.J. Ofodile have new titles.

A spokesman for Mizzou Athletics confirmed Monday afternoon that Hill will serve as the Tigers’ special teams coordinator in 2018 and Ofodile will coach the wide receivers unit.

Hill, Missouri’s longest-tenured staff member, has been the Tigers’ associate head coach since 2013 and spent the 2017 season in charge of the wide receivers. He will retain his role as Barry Odom’s associate head coach as he makes his transition to running special teams. Last season, Missouri did not have an official special teams coordinator, so Odom ran the unit, which will return a couple of standouts in punter Corey Fatony and running back Larry Rountree III.

Fatony, a rising senior, booted 16 punts longer than 50 yards during Missouri’s 2017 campaign, and Rountree, a rising sophomore, was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team as a return specialist.

Ofodile served as Missouri’s director of recruiting for the past two seasons before being hired as the team’s 10th assistant on Jan. 8. His classes have yielded strong results, with young players such as Rountree and offensive linemen Trystan Castillo and Tre’Vour Simms among those emerging into big roles. The former Missouri tight end and Rock Bridge High School coach now takes over a young receiving corps that enters next season without J’Mon Moore, its leading pass-catcher in 2017.