Alabama set to promote Mike Locksley to OC/QBs coach

Michele Moreno
January 20, 2018

Locksley replaces Brian Daboll, now the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator.

Locksley was Maryland's offensive coordinator from 2012-2015, and before that was New Mexico's head coach for two-plus seasons, where he was 2-26 before getting fired. Locksley has been on the Tide staff since the 2016 season.

Alabama is adding Penn State receivers coach and passing game coordinator Josh Gattis as the Tide's new WR coach and co-offensive coordinator, a source told SI. The 48-year-old Locksley turned down an offer from Florida State to remain with the Tide. Locksley has been an offensive coordinator at IL and Maryland sandwiched around being head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11. That experiment lasted just two months before the former Southern Cal head coach left to become the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator last February. He's expected to coach Alabama's quarterbacks, in addition to his OC duties. The quarterback battle between returning starter Jalen Hurts and National Championship Offensive MVP Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be a big topic of conversation in the Spring and Fall.

Considered an excellent recruiter, Locksley would be coach Nick Saban's fourth offensive coordinator in three seasons.

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