Hamdan heading to Atlanta

On Friday the Atlanta Falcons made it official - Washington Receivers Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Bush Hamdan would be leaving Montlake after just one season at his post to become the Falcons' Quarterbacks Coach.



Hamdan will be the second coach with Washington ties to join Head Coach Dan Quinn's staff. Former Head Coach Steve Sarkisian recently was added to the Falcons' staff as their Offensive Coordinator. 

"Bush Hamdan has been an outstanding member of the Washington Football Program these last two years," Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen said. "In his time at Washington, Bush elevated the wide receivers group to new heights and was a key contributor to our success. I thank him for all his hard work and contributions to our program. We wish Bush nothing but the best as he takes this next step in his career."

Hamdan became Washington's Receivers Coach and Passing Game Coordinator for their 2015 bowl game, a 44-31 win over Southern Mississippi in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.  In his only full season at the position, Hamdan led a record-setting receiving attack that saw John Ross and Dante Pettis become one of the deadly duos in Pac-12 history. Their 32 combined touchdowns in 2016 was a Pac-12 record for a tandem, and Ross's 17 touchdowns tied a UW single-season all-time record with Mario Bailey. 

Before coming to Washington as an Offensive Quality Control Coach, Hamdan was an Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach at Davidson and Arkansas State, and will reunite in Atlanta with Quinn, as the two of them worked on then-head coach Will Muschamp's staff. Hamdan coached the receivers, while Quinn was the Gators' defensive coordinator. 

Washington recently hired Tyler Osborne as a WR Graduate Assistant Coach before Hamdan's departure, and it's undetermined at this time whether or not Osborne will be elevated into the full-time role, or if Petersen will hire from the outside. Osborne is fresh out of college, so it makes sense that Petersen will try and hire an established offensive mind. 

Osborne, son of longtime Oregon assistant coach Tom Osborne, was an Oregon Offensive Assistant Intern last year after spending the previous four years in Eugene as an undergraduate assistant. 

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