Coordinator Possibilities (Updated 12/3)

With the release of offensive coordinator Brent Pease on Sunday, Florida now will have to replace him. Will Muschamp has opened up a little about his desire to change his philosophy on the offensive side. He wants a more open offense that still has a running game mentality to it. With that in mind, we can take a look at some possibilities at the coaching vacancy.

****Updated Candidates****

Mike Norvell (OC/ QB's Arizona State)
Positives: Prolific offensive coordinator who's offense (486.6 yds./ game) is ranked 21st in the country in 2013, passing game ranked 25th and running game ranked 44th. In second year of a strong rebuilding at ASU and will have a bunch of returning starters for next season. His previous offenses have put up ridiculous numbers.
Negatives: He's stayed with Todd graham through multiple moves now. Will he be able to walk away. As mentioned, ASU has a ton of offensive talent returning and next year sets up big.

Blake Anderson (OC/ QB's North Carolina)
Positives: In his first year as offensive coordinator at North Carolina in 2012Anderson led the offense to 35 offensive school records. Still had a solid offense in 2013, but they are recruiting to style of play. His style is really a good fit for what Muschamp seemingly wants to do.
Negatives: Has tagged along with head coach Larry Fedora for years, who is a great mentor, but how much glue is there between the two to get them separated?

Tim Beck (OC/ QB's Nebraska)
Positives: Another spread passing attack of the pro style. A real positive with this guy is that he knows how to incorporate a running quarterback into his throwing offense. Quarterback Martinez had 10 TD's throwing and only 2 INT's before going down to injury in the 4th game. Running back Abdullah has rushed for over 1500 yards this season. Martinez and Abdullah both rushed for over 1000 yards a year ago. Negatives: Stats dropped dramatically after lost his starting quarterback, his backups combined for 13 TD's and 10 INTS to finish the season.

****(Candidates as of 12/1)****

Major Applewhite (OC Texas)
Positives: He has a more open offense with an emphasis on the running game. He and Muschamp, are close and worked together at Texas.
Negatives: Texas is currently ranked 43rd in the country in offense in a league that is not defensive oriented. I don't know if this is a big enough hire.

Kerwin Bell (Head Coach Jacksonville University)
Positives: He has the fifth ranked offense in the Football Championship Subdivision despite his starting quarterback missing half the season. He has a spread offense with pro-style concepts perfect for recruiting young players to. He has a great background of mentors like Spurrier, Lindy infant and others.
Negatives: He's coaching at a lower level. Word regionally seems to be that he won't be the guy.

Dameyune Craig (OC/ QB's Auburn)
Positives: Terrific recruiter. He's coaching in a system that is heavy on the run and very successful at it. He's a quarterback coach, something that has been missing here. Knows Muschamp from Muschamp's days at Auburn. Negatives: Is he calling the plays? How good is he at developing quarterbacks?

Eddie Gran (OC Cincinnati)
Positives: Offensive coordinator at Cincinnati who is currently the 19th ranked offense in the NCAA. Has terrific ties to South Florida recruiting and by all accounts a good recruiter. Has ties with Muschamp from their days at Auburn.
Negatives: Only been an offensive coordinator for a year. Not a quarterback coach.

Chris Hatcher (Head Coach Murray State)
Positives: Wide open attack. Was Muschamp's boss at Valdosta State. Quarterback coach.
Negatives: More of the Air-Raid offense and not sure that is what Muschamp is looking for at this point.

Clay Helton (OC / QB's USC)
Positives: USC quarterback coach for last three years. His job status has been unclear for over a month with the firing of Lane Kiffin. Father is Kim Helton, former Florida player and offensive line coach for the Gators. He seems to have done well overall with the USC offense after he assumed play calling duties when Kiffin left. He has ties to offensive line coach Neil Callaway who some believe will fill that position. Supposed to be a terrific recruiter.
Negatives: Not sure this is much of a splash that folks are looking for.

Joker Phillips (WR Coach / recruiting Coordinator Florida)
Positives: great recruiter, well-liked by the team. He had good offense at Kentucky when he was the coordinator, a place that is hard to recruit to.
Negatives: Not a quarterback coach. Not really a splash.

Brian Schottenheimer (OC St. Louis Rams)
Positives: been a professional offensive coordinator for years. He's a former Gator quarterback that played under Steve Spurrier.
Negatives: Would he come back to the college ranks?

Mike Sherman (Offensive Coordinator Miami Dolphins)
Positives: Had great offenses at Texas A&M where he was head coach and his defense failed him. He might be available because of the situation with the Dolphins coaching staff. Has a long and productive history in the college game.
Negatives: Not a quarterback coach. He may want to stay in the pro game.

Jake Spavital (Co-Offensive Coordintor / Quarterbacks Texas A&M)
Positives: He has been tutored under Dana Holgorsen and now Kevin Sumlin. High octane offense with spread involved but a hard run game as well. Mentored and coached Geno Smith at West Virginia. Currently coaching Johnny Manziel at TAMU. He is a quarterback coach. He would want to bring offensive line coach and former Gator Joe Wickline with him and they worked together at Oklahoma State.
Negatives: How much play calling has he really done? Has he recruited in this area of the country?

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