The Arkansas State Red Wolves have their new offensive coordinator.
Buster Faulkner, who has been the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Middle Tennessee the past four seasons, will join Blake Anderson’s staff as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, replacing Walt Bell who accepted the offensive coordinator position at Big Ten member Maryland.
“I’ve been running this system for a long time and it is not going to change,’’ said Anderson. “All we need to do is to bring the right person that will fit the room and fit the nature and temperament of our team.
“He most certainly will have to deal with developing a young quarterback in James Tabary or DJ Pearson or whoever else steps into that role. So that guy who gets hired is going to be in that room 24/7 and needs to be the right person.
“It has always been, in my opinion, with the system we run, and I’ve been in 12 or 13 years, its works best if the quarterback and the plays caller are on the same page and in the same room every day. Whatever avenue we go he is going to have involved with that position. He will have some, if not all, of the play calling responsibility and that person has to be connected at the hip with the guy making decisions on the field.”
Faulkner came to Murfreesboro after the 2010 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Murray State.
His coaching career began at Valdosta State, where he served as a student assistant helping with the quarterbacks in 2005. He was an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia in 2006 and returned to Valdosta State in 2007 and served as the quarterback coach for two seasons. In his first season, the Blazers went 13-1 and captured the Division II National Championship.
Faulkner took over as the offensive coordinator for the Blazers in 2008.
As a player, he was 3-year starter at quarterback for Valdosta State from 2000 to 2003. In three years with the Blazers, he passed for 7,100 yards and 64 touchdowns and posted a 47-6 record.
He played his senior season at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he passed for 2,861 and 16 touchdowns, while setting 10 school records.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., Faulkner earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Valdosta State in 2005.
Faulkner, and his wife, Tia, have one son, Harrison, and one daughter, Hadley.