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Oregon Football

Official: Moorhead Announced as OC

January 21, 2020

Buckle up Duck fans, a new era of Oregon offense will be under way this season. The Ducks have replaced Marcus Arroyo, for Joe Moorhead to run the offense. 

This move has generated a lot of excitement amongst Oregon fans. It has not been so positively received by other fans as Moorhead comes in with a very impressive resume from stops at Fordham, Penn State and others. 

On Tuesday morning, Oregon announced the move as official in a press release posted on

EUGENE, Ore. – Coming off a 12-win season that was capped by victories in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Rose Bowl, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal officially named Joe Moorhead the program's offensive coordinator on Tuesday.
Moorhead spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State, becoming just the second coach in program history to lead the Bulldogs to bowl games in each of his first two seasons. Prior to MSU, Moorhead spent two seasons at Penn State where he twice was named the national offensive coordinator of the year.
"The search for our next offensive coordinator was extensive and drew interest from coaches at all levels from around the country," Cristobal said. "It was a thorough process, because we wanted to not only get the best coach for the University of Oregon, but also the best fit for our student-athletes and coaches. I'm fired up to welcome Joe, his wife Jennifer, daughter Kyra and sons Mason and Donovan, to Eugene and our football family.
"I've admired Joe's offensive philosophy and ability as a play caller from afar, and after meeting with him I was even more impressed. He is a great teacher and communicator, and instills confidence and belief in his players. His offenses have been explosive, balanced, multiple and creative. More importantly, he's a great man, father and husband who our players and staff will enjoy working with."
One of college football's top offensive minds, Moorhead has called played plays 12 of the last 13 seasons, including the last eight, with stops as head coach at Mississippi State (2018-19) and Fordham (2012-15), while serving as the OC at Penn State (2016-17), Connecticut (2009-11) and Akron (2006-08) over that span. He has been the play-caller for four programs that have won a conference championship, including Penn State (2016), Fordham (2014), Connecticut (2010) and Akron (2005).
"I'm extremely excited and very appreciative of Coach Cristobal for this opportunity," Moorhead said. "I'm looking forward to helping build on the great success the program has already had and I can't wait to experience game day in Autzen Stadium."

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