Under Dave Brock, announced today by Kyle Flood as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, the Scarlet Knights keep their pro-style and many of the smaller points of the offense established by Frank Cignetti.
"I think you'll find a lot of things that will be exactly the same," Brock said. "I was fortunate to have an opportunity to work with Frank at the University of North Carolina. Obviously coming to work with Kyle and having an opportunity to take over a group of young guys that I know have been coached and trained the right way, in a system that I really believe is the best system you can run in college football is an exciting opportunity. We're looking forward to more of the same and hitting the ground running."
Flood hired Brock away from Boston College, where he coached tight ends this season, and has experience working with him while at Hofstra. Before Brock spent six years as an offensive coordinator for various schools and helped put Hofstra's Marques Colston in the NFL as his position coach and Josh Freeman and Jordy Nelson as a coordinator with Kansas State.
"I worked with Dave for five years at Hofstra," Flood said. "I've watched how he coaches players, I watched how he develops players. I haven't been around a lot of coaches that have been able to bring out the best in their players the way Dave Brock has as a motivator.
"It certainly was an extra benefit to me that he worked with Frank in that system. That certainly made it easier, but that was not the main reason. The main reason was the way I watched him coach over five years."
Brock looks forward to spring practice for the chance to start implementing his offense on the field and to do first-hand evaluations of the personnel.
Brock said he will do his best to give everyone on the roster an opportunity to showcase their talents.
"It's an ongoing process," Brock said. "Everybody on the team is going to take a hard look at it. I think you want to try and keep an open mind as best you can, but we're in a unique situation here where we have an opportunity to come into a program that's had success and kids have had success. You have film and are able to watch it and generate some opinions.
"We want a fresh slate for these guys ... and kind of let them set their own way and give them an opportunity to show us who they are and what they're going to be."
Brock does not expect to have to ease the team into his offense because it is not changing that much from last year. Much of what Brock does within the pro-style offense is similar to what Cignetti did last season, he said, and he will be aggressive in putting the playbook together during spring practice.
"I think when you set out, you want to be ambitious," Brock said. "We're going to run a system that's been run. We're going to try to be very aggressive in terms of installment. I think the players are going to understand exactly what they're doing, what we're doing and maybe more importantly, how to do it. We'll be ambitious, we'll be aggressive and I look forward to it. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."