Ranking the Top Offensive Coordinators in College Football

By Ryan Wittman on Friday, August 2nd 2013
Ranking the Top Offensive Coordinators in College Football

Head Coach is the most important role on a football team. He creates the gameplan. He motivates his team and makes sure they are ready to play every week. However, they receive a lot of help from their coordinators. Offensive Coordinators are the men who play a large role in creating the offensive playbook, call the plays on game day and put their players in an opportunity to succeed. Here are top offensive coordinators in college football.

(For the sake of argument, we have omitted head coaches who also function as their own offensive coordinator or playcaller)

Chad Morris (Clemson)

Morris has been incredibly successful at Clemson over the past couple years. Clemson has finished 16th and 8th in total offense in 2011 and 2012 respectively. While much of that can be credited to the playmaking abilities of Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, but Morris has done a great job of utilizing these playmakers.

Morris’ talent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the NCAA. In the offseason, he interviewed for the Texas Tech vacancy, eventually filled by Kliff Kingsbury. Morris enters 2013 leading the Tigers offense that returns Boyd and Watkins. If Clemson has another successful season, Morris will be highly sought after for a head coaching role.


Mike Bobo (Georgia)

Bobo has had a great career since he started at Georgia in 2007. He started as the quarterbacks coach and helped develop talents like Matthew Stafford into NFL-caliber players. He then became the offensive coordinator and has helped guide Georgia to an extremely successful offense, taking advantage of the blue chip recruits the Bulldogs bring in.

Georgia knows how valuable Bobo is to the program. They recently re-signed him to a multi-year deal that made him one of the highest paid assistants in the SEC.

Bobo returns a ton of talent on offense, including quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley.


Cam Cameron (LSU)

Cameron was fired near the end of the 2012 season by the Baltimore Ravens. However, he is still an excellent playcaller. He was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2002-2006, and helped them to playoff appearances in every season.

Cameron also has significant college experience. He spent 1983--1993 at Michigan and was the head coach of Indiana from 1997-2001. He will be expected to help turn around a Tigers offense that finished 77th in total offense last season, despite having good talent at every position.


James Coley (Miami)

Coley is an up-and-coming offensive coordinator who has been stuck in the shadow of Jimbo Fisher. He started as a graduate assistant under Fisher at LSU. Then, Coley ended up as Fisher’s assistant at Florida State under head coach Bobby Bowden. He was then promoted to offensive coordinator when Fisher replaced Bobby Bowden as head coach.

However, since Fisher took over as the Seminoles’ head coach, he has been the playcaller, not Coley. So finally, after a few years as the coordinator at Florida State, Coley moves on to the Hurricanes, where Coley will have an opportunity to call plays and will have plenty of weapons to ease the transition. The offense will be led by quarterback Stephen Morris and running back Duke Johnson.


Al Borges (Michigan)

Borges is a man who has spent a lot of time as an offensive coordinator in college football. He began his career in 1986 at Portland State. Since then, he has made several stops and been successful at every one. He helped lead UCLA in the late 90’s to an average of 31.9 points per game, and he called the plays that lead Auburn to a perfect season in 2004.

After resigning from Auburn in 2007, Borges joined Brady Hoke at San Diego State and followed him to Michigan. Since then, he helped create an offense that allowed Denard Robinson to dominate and seemed to give Devin Gardner the same opportunities to succeed. 

Other Candidates

Josh Heupel (Oklahoma)
Clay Helton (USC)
Danny Langsdorf (Oregon State)
Dennis Erickson (Utah)
Brian Johnson (Utah)
Doug Nussmeier (Alabama)
Brent Pease (Florida)
Les Koenning (Mississippi State)
Jeff Jagodzinski (Georgia State)

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