Who's Going to Coordinate?

Florida has a head coach and he is a defensive oriented guy. The number one priority for the Gator football team now is to find someone to run the offense. With the lead man being new to the head coaching ranks, getting a big time coordinator would seem to be the right thing to do to set him up. It may take some money, but here is a short list of real possibilities.

With Dana Holgorsen of Oklahoma State set to ink a deal with West Virginia to be the head-coach-in-waiting, Florida has one less offensive coordinator candidate out there to look at and try to lure to be a Gator.

Below is a list of names that I would consider possibilities on the list. These aren't all the names that will likely be considered, but this is just to give you an idea of what these prospective coordinators bring to the table.

Major Applewhite (RB's and former OC) Texas
Applewhite played at Texas and is currently on staff with the Longhorns coaching the running backs. In just his second year as a full time coach in 2006, he was hired by Rice University as the offensive coordinator. He was able to lead the rice offense to their first bowl game in 40 years.

A year later he was hired by Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban in Saban's first year on the job. While having a probation riddled roster, Applewhite was able to the Tide offense in both total offense and scoring from the previous season. But, after losing the last four games of the season he moved on to his alma mater.

Coaching running backs for the last three years at Texas, Applewhite's group of runners totaled 1665 yards in 2009 before the entire offense headed south in 2010.

Kerwin Bell (HC) Jacksonville University
Bell is the most distinguished former Florida player that may be best suited for the title as offensive coordinator. He has a very different career path than most.

As a player, Bell brings experience from three total years as a backup quarterback in the NFL, along with two seasons in the now defunct World league of American Football, and seven years in the Canadian Football League.

As a coach, his career started as a player coach for the Toronto Argonauts where he was both quarterback and offensive coordinator. From there he took his money and time and established a brand new football program in Central Florida where he took Ocala Trinity Catholic to two state championship game runs including winning one of the titles in his six years at the school.

In the last three seasons Bell has led Jacksonville University on an unprecedented run of success. Setting numerous offensive records for the program, his teams have continually beaten every team that plays at the same level of football as his own and stepped up to beat a few of the lower division giants. Bell has put his imprint on the program at Jacksonville and they are now ready to start moving to be a scholarship football program.

Al Borges (OC) San Diego State
Borges has been an offensive coordinator since 1986 and at plenty of stops along the way. Portland State, Boise State, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Indiana, Auburn, and now San Diego State are all places Borges has been an offensive coordinator.

Borges was the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2004 when the team went undefeated and should have played for the national title. He was on the same Auburn staff with Muschamp in 2006 and 2007.

His current San Diego state team has an offense that is 19th in the country in total offense, 11th in passing offense, and 20th in scoring. They were outmanned in most games this year and still scored 24 on Missouri, 48 on Wyoming, 35 on TCU, and 34 points on Utah.

Borges is also 55-years-old and can add plenty of experience and wisdom to what looks likely to be a young staff at Florida.

Mike Leach (former HC) Texas Tech
This is definitely the volatile pick, but one that would turn wide receivers and quarterbacks everywhere into believers in the Florida offense. Leach was let go as the head coach at Texas Tech and will undoubtedly have to go the assistant coach route to get back to being the main guy because of some reported issues he had in Texas.

That said, there is little doubt he is big time when it comes to offensive football. He was the offensive coordinator under Hal Mumme at Kentucky when the Wildcats were breaking all kind of passing records. He was the same at Oklahoma doing the same thing.

In 10 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech, his teams went to a bowl game every year. He broke most of the offensive records at Valdosta State, Kentucky, and Oklahoma before obliterating every offensive record at Texas Tech.

Again, he is another guy that could bring some wisdom to a young staff.

Garrick McGee (OC) Arkansas
With various assistant stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Toledo Rockets, UNLV Running Rebels, Northwestern Wildcats, and now the Arkansas Razorbacks, McGee has excelled at every stop along the way.

He was promoted to offensive coordinator at Northwestern in 2007 where his team led the Big Ten in passing and total offense before heading on to Arkansas and the offensive Juggernaut the Razorbacks have.

As quarterback coach at Arkansas in 2009, he tutored Ryan Mallett who led the SEC in passing and total offense, along with setting or matching a total of 16 different school records.

In 2010, the Arkansas offense finished 10th in the country in total offense and third overall in passing offense, despite being in the toughest division of college football maybe ever.

Here are five names to ponder as Will Muschamp looks to fill his coaching staff and wants a high profile hire as an offensive coordinator. No doubt, more names will be brought to the forefront before all is said and done.

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