After Brian Johnson left Mississippi State to head to Houston to be the offensive coordinator for the Cougars, it left the Bulldogs with a notable vacancy in the coaching staff. Sure, it’s a position that Dan Mullen could have devoted more time to work with on an individual level, but partitioning a head coach’s time even further can be difficult. Enter Brett Elliott.
I confirmed this morning with school officials that Texas State OC Brett Elliott will be the new QB coach at MSU. Former GA at MSU— Paul Jones (@PJ247Sports) February 7, 2017
Brett Elliott was, as Paul Jones mentions, formerly the offensive coordinator at Texas State and a grad assistant here in Starkville from 2012 to 2014. Like Brian Johnson, Elliott has ties with Dan Mullen from Utah. Elliott was the starting quarterback for the Utes in 2002 and was set to start in 2003 (Dan Mullen’s first year there) until he was injured and replaced by eventual top draft pick Alex Smith.
After Elliott left Starkville in 2014, he went to James Madison University, where he’d be co-offensive coordinator of an offense that scored 44.3 points per game. Elliott’s time in San Marcos, Texas with the Bobcats wasn’t as successful as his previous job. The Bobcats struggled at times on offense and only scored 18.6 points per game.
Elliott’s return to Starkville will give him a chance to work with a more developed offense and coaching staff and it gives him a place and scheme that he’s familiar with.