It did not take long after LSU won the National Championship for the chips to fall and one is on his way to Oregon. The Ducks will hire Joe Moorhead as Offensive Coordinator.
Several sources have reported the hire, but it started with Brett McMurphy from Stadium. Moorhead brings with him a lot of experience. He helped turn around a Penn State program in 2016 and 2017 doubling their offensive output from 20 points a game before he arrived to over 40 points a game when he left at the end of 2017. He took the coaches stepping stone to Head Coach at Mississippi State.
In his two seasons there he was 14-12 and 5-7 this past season before he was let go. With Oregon Football he will have a chance to reset and restart with a program that is clearly in an upward trajectory with what Marcus Arroyo has left behind. Oregon topped Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and finished the season ranked 5th in the Associated Press poll.
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Joe Moorhead will not have a lot of time to waste in Eugene. Oregon opens the 2020 season with probably the toughest schedule in September in the entire country hosting North Dakota State and what will certainly be a top-three team in Ohio State the first two games of the season.
He will have to do it with a new Quarterback with Justin Herbert departing and headed to the NFL. The Ducks have plenty of talent at Wide Reciever returning including Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd. The Oregon Offensive line will also have a makeover with most of the current Offensive Line talent also leaving for the next level to play on Sundays;.
Moorhead’s career started in 2008 with Akron. He then moved to UConn followed by a stint with Fordham before landing with Penn State.
He had Saquan Barkley and Trace McSorley on offense in 2017, helping the Nittany Lions to a top ten scoring efficiency (7th) along with a third down conversion rate also among the best in the country (5th).
According to Dave Bartoo from Matrix Analytical Solutions, Joe Moorhead has a pace of play and number of plays generated per game that is on par with what Cristobal has been trying to do. He has a B+ career grade per matrix analytical solutions via @athdeotedges.
Oregon Football ended the season with a win in the Rose Bowl in 2019 with a 10-2 record.