As the coaching carousel begins to slow down, we are beginning to see how the staff will shape up for us next year. Coach Moorhead has established his vision, just in his hires, and the lights are brighter in Starkvegas than ever before. This is one HAIL of a staff.
Head Ball Coach: Joe Moorhead
Coach Mo came over from Penn St. with a great track record. If there is any coach in America better suited for Starkville, let me know. Unbiasedly, this is the biggest homerun hire of the offseason. It isn’t big name like Chip Kelly, and it isn’t controversial like a certain other coach, but its the smartest and easiest transition.
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Offensive Coordinator/Receivers Coach: Luke Getsy
To me, this is one of the more exciting hires. While I understand Coach Moorhead will be calling plays, the idea of an NFL wide receiver coach (who has worked with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Devante Adams) being on our staff is exciting. Especially considering the crop of guys we have coming in, this offense could be special. He was a favorite coach on the Packers staff, and is going to be help for recruiting wide receivers in the future.
Quarterback Coach: Andrew Breiner
A D-1 head coach left his team, to be the QB coach. First, it shows how much his staff loved Coach Mo to follow him to another school (Was OC under Moorhead at Fordham). Secondly, it shows how great of a recruiter that Moorhead is. Being able to get a HC to come down to be a passing game coordinator takes a little work. This seems to be another killer coach on a great coaching staff.
Running Back Coach: Charles Huff
The first hire to this brand new staff was none other than Charles Huff. Another coach with NFL experience, and more than that he is an exceptional recruiter, ranked the 10th best recruiter in 2018 by 24/7 Sports. After working with Moorhead at Penn St., it again shows the relationships he has made are strong and that is a great sign moving forward.
Tight Ends Coach: Mark Hudspeth
This name might sound a little familiar. Hudspeth is returning to State after a wonderful run as HC of the Ragin’ Cajuns. Another head coach on the staff adds experience and lots more help with recruiting. Hudspeth with also serve as Associate Head Coach, meaning he would be the interim in any situation that the head coach can not coach.
Offensive Line Coach: Marcus Johnson
This to me is a very underrated hire. A former NFL offensive lineman, who is from Mississippi, and worked with one of my favorite coaches (Cutcliffe) for 6 years... that is a good bit of positive. This is huge coaching wise, and this is huge recruiting wise.
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach: Bob Shoop
This hire was met with so much fire. There was some excitement, but there was a lot of negativity. Bob Shoop, before UT was a phenomenal defensive mind. He was a hot name when he was at Vanderbilt. UT was a dumpster fire, with a lack of talent, and lack of a good head coach. He did not stand a chance. I like this hire. I have watched a good bit of film on his defense. It fits well. With McLaurin having his career best game, and the defensive line only getting better next year... this defense will be very special next year.
Defensive Line Coach: Brian Baker*
Current defensive line coach Brian Baker is not officially going to remain on staff. It is heavily expected, and it makes sense. Therefore, I will include him on this list of staff until it is announced otherwise. It is my hope, and many Bulldog fans everywhere, that he does stay with us.
Cornerback Coach: Marcus Woodson*
Another coach that I am going to include that is not official, but it just makes sense. It was announced that he is indeed leaving the University of Memphis for “another opportunity” and it is reported by 24/7 sports that he has been offered the job. He is a Mississippi native but he did graduate from another school in Mississippi not named Mississippi State. Again this is not a done deal, but it seems to be highly likely.
Special Teams Coordinator: Scott Fountain
This is the latest move, and what an incredible time to announce it. Less than 24 hours after Georgia blocked a field goal to win the Rose Bowl, one of their special team coaches was named our special team coordinator. Scott Fountain, who has been around the SEC for many years, brings in experience and talent to an improving special team unit. Blocked kicks and punts are a specialty for the Bulldogs, ask Arkansas or Miami Ohio or even Ole Miss... hashtag clanga.
Coach Moorhead still has room for 2 more assistants. Linebacker coach is top need, but is expected to have someone in line. In a press conference, Moorhead said he expects to have his staff completed by the end of the week and begin 15-20 minute meetings with every player later this month. The staff is as strong as ever, and the future looks incredibly strong.
* These hires are not official.