Why Steve Sarkisian May Be A Better QB Coach Than Kiffin
One former USC coach out, another one in. No one is really surprised by the face that Steve Sarkisian was named the new offensive coordinator on Friday. When he was brought on as an offensive analyst back in September this was a move made by Nick Saban for when Lane Kiffin eventually did leave to become a head coach.
“He has a great track record and has done a really, really good job wherever he’s been, whether it was as the coordinator at Southern Cal or as the quarterbacks coach”, Alabama head coach Nick Saban stated after Friday practice. Even as a head coach at Washington (2009-13) and USC (2014-15), he did a fantastic job at coaching the most important position.
Jake Locker (Washington 2009-10)
Jake Locker was at Washington from 2005-2010, but his best years came when Sark was the man in charge. In two seasons under his guidance he threw for 5,265 yards with 39 touchdowns. Including a big victory in the 2010 Holiday Bowl over #18 Nebraska. His success would lead to him being drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Keith Price (Washington 2009-13)
The signal caller that Sarkisian had the longest was three-year starter Keith Price. He started all three years after Jake Locker moved on to the professional ranks. During his sophomore season he threw for 3,063 yards, 33 touchdowns, and had a 66.9 completion percentage. In 2012 and 2013 he would have a combined 5,694 yards and 40 touchdowns. He is now playing for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Cody Kessler (USC 2014-15)
Who was the most successful passer under Sark when he was a head coach? Cody Kessler. In his only full season (2014) as coach of the Trojans, Cody Kessler put up some pretty epic statistics. That season he put up 3,826 yards with 39 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Also, he was named Pac-12 player of the week three times. That tied him with eventual Heisman winner Marcus Mariota. He is was drafted this past spring by the Cleveland Browns in the third round, and he is being look at the future of the franchise by some.
When Sarkisian was an assistant at USC he also coached guys like Carson Palmer (2001), Matt Leinart (2002-03), and Mark Sanchez (2008). His offenses put up on average of 29.9 points per game and 410 yards per game. Just think what he will do with Alabama talent. Don’t worry Alabama fans, you are going to be just fine post Lane Kiffin.
Staff Writer Phillip Jordan
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