Washington Huskies’ OC reportedly interviewing for Tide OC vacancy
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Nick Saban has yet to announce the new offensive and defensive coordinators for Alabama football, but has a new name emerged for OC?
Multiple reports, including one from Chris Fetters of 247Sports, are stating Ryan Grubb of Washington is interviewing at Alabama for the offensive play-caller position. Grubb, an Iowa native, spent 2022 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach for the Huskies. Washington finished seventh in the nation for scoring offense (39.7 ppg) and second for total offense (515.8 ypg). Grubb guided the Huskies to six 40+ point games in its 11-2 finish.
He took a transfer quarterback – Michael Penix Jr. — and made him a star.
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Penix arrived from Indiana and totaled 4,641 passing yards. He completed 65.3 percent of his throws and had 31 passing touchdowns to eight interceptions. Grubb’s offense allowed two running backs – Wayne Taulapapa and Cameron Davis – to have over 100 carries. Taulapapa had 11 rushing touchdowns, while Davis scored 13 touchdowns. Eight receiving options caught 20 or more passes for the Huskies last year. Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan had over 1,000 yards receiving.
Odunze led Washington for receiving yards (1,145) with seven scores on 75 catches.
McMillan carried the Huskies in receptions (79) and touchdowns (nine). Grubb served as offensive coordinator at Fresno State from 2019 to 2021. He coached the Bulldogs to a 10-3 season in 2021 before going to the Pac-12. Jake Haener was a 4,000-yard passer (4,096) and posted 33 passing touchdowns. Ronnie Rivers and Jordan Mims collected over 700 yards rushing and over 100 carries. Jalen Cropper led Fresno State with 11 touchdown receptions, but the Bulldogs had six players catch 20+ passes.
Grubb could be the second offensive coordinator Alabama hires from Washington.
Coach Saban hired Doug Nussmeier in 2012 from the Huskies, and he helped the Crimson Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship and a BCS National Championship.
Washington recently gave Grubb a $2 million raise, which goes through 2025.
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