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Report: Oregon tabs Joe Moorhead as Offensive Coordinator

January 11, 2020

Oregon has named former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as its new offensive coordinator, according to a tweet by Brett McMurphy. 

Moorhead, 46, is known for his offensive innovation and prowess.  His success as an offensive coordinator is well-documented.

Moorhead, a native of Pittsburgh, has spent all of his coaching career coaching in the Northeast/Midwest, except for the past two seasons where he was the head coach at Mississippi State.

Moorhead’s first FBS OC job came at Akron in 2008, when he was 34-years old.  Akron averaged 19.7 points and 21.2 points per game in 2006 and 2007, but with Moorhead as the OC, the Zips scoring average jumped to 30.0 points per game in 2008.

After Akron, Moorhead became the OC and QB coach at Connecticut in 2009 and 2010.  UCONN averaged 24.9 points per game the year before Moorhead became OC. That average jumped to 30.0 points per game in his first season and 26.4 in year two.  Of note, UCONN has not averaged more than 24.2 points per game since Moorhead’s tenure as OC.

After UCONN, Moorhead became the head coach at FCS Fordham from 2012-2015.    The Rams were 1-10 before Moorhead arrived and 32-8 in his three years there.

From Fordham, Moorhead became the OC at Penn St in 2016 and 2017 and quickly turned around the Nittany Lions offense.  

Penn State’s offense was awful in the two years prior to Moorhead’s arrival, averaging only 21.9 points per game.  However, Moorhead quickly revitalized the Nittany Lions’ offense.  During his two years as OC, Penn St averaged 39.4 points per game (37.6 points in 2016 and 41.6 points per game in 2017). 

Following his success at Penn State, Moorhead was hired as the head coach at Mississippi State and spent two years in Starkville.  Moorhead, who spent his entire career coaching in the Northeast/Midwest, never seemed accepted or comfortable in the deep south. Mississippi State was 14-12 during Moorhead’s two seasons before before the Bulldogs fired him on January 3, 2020.

Moorhead will take Oregon’s offensive reigns from Marcus Arroyo, who was hired as the head coach at UNLV in December. 

The Ducks were looking for a candiate that would be a major part of the current offense offering some tweaks rather than overhauling the entire offense. After interviewing a number of candidates including Chip Long, Jedd Fisch and Will Hall, Cristobal decided on Moorhead to be his man.

Jim Mastro has held the title of run game coordinator at Oregon working closely with Marcus Arroyo this past season. He is expected to be a part of the offense with Moorhead as well.

You can follow him on twitter: @BallCoachJoeMo

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