UM hires Alabama QB coach Enos as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

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The Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes have their new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, and judg­ing by a tweet that coach Manny Diaz posted on Twit­ter late Fri­day morn­ing — Yasiel Puig slam­ming a home run — it’s a home-run hire.

The Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami an­nounced early Fri­day af­ter­noon that Alabama quar­ter­backs coach/as­so­ciate head coach Dan Enos, 50, is the man who will take over as the Hur­ri­canes of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach. Diaz said more than once that Enos, sought after by other ma­jor pro­grams, was his top choice from the start.

Enos not only was ex­pected to be pro­moted by Nick Sa­ban as No. 2 Alabama’s new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, he very well could bring trans­fer­ring Alabama quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts with him. Two night ago, Hurts fol­lowed Diaz and two UM play­ers on Twit­ter.

Hurts will visit the UM cam­pus as early as Sun­day, CaneS­ re­ported Fri­day. Diaz re­it­er­ated in a tele­con­fer­ence after the an­nounce­ment, with­out men­tion­ing Hurts, that Mi­ami is “ex­plor­ing ev­ery op­tion that’s out there at ev­ery level.”

Diaz stressed that his cur­rent quar­ter­backs “have a clean slate” and that he is look­ing for­ward to them com­pet­ing for the job.

“I’m ex­cited about the im­pact this can make in the quar­ter­back room,” Diaz said of Enos’ hire. “I’m ex­cited about what this can do with the guys we have on our cam­pus. I think Dan’s got an out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a great de­vel­oper of quar­ter­backs, and cer­tainly of

course the work that he did this past year at the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama with their guys and the way that they played was quite re­mark­able.

“The great­est QB passer rat­ing in col­lege foot­ball history: That’s quite an ac­com­plish­ment. So, get­ting the guys on our cam­pus to max­i­mize their po­ten­tial still over­comes any­thing scheme-wise.”

Diaz noted that Enos “is one of the most cre­ative play­callers in all of col­lege foot­ball,” but wouldn’t spec­ify the style of of­fense Mi­ami would run, say­ing it would fit the ex­ist­ing per­son­nel. He did, how­ever, say, “I’m sure there will be things that we’ll present dif­fer­ently, whether it’s for­ma­tion­ally, or pres­nap schemes that may be harder for the naked eye to de­tect.”

Added Diaz: “He was highly sought out by other schools in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence that he turned down to come to the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami and, like I said, he meets the re­quire­ments of what we felt like our guys needed to have the great­est chance for suc­cess on of­fense.”

Diaz said he ex­pects UM to an­nounce one or two more of­fen­sive coach­ing hires Saturday, with the rest soon to fol­low. Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers as­sis­tant of­fen­sive line coach Butch Barry is re­port­edly in line to take over as Mi­ami’s of­fen­sive line coach, ac­cord­ing to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feld­man.

Last sea­son, Enos’ lone cam­paign with the Crim­son Tide, Heis­man Tro­phy run­ner-up quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa had a spec­tac­u­lar show­ing, pass­ing for 3,966 yards with 43 touch­downs and only six in­ter­cep­tions. He com­pleted 69 per­cent of his passes. Un­der the tute­lage of Enos, Tago­v­ailoa set Alabama’s sin­gle-sea­son pass­ing yards and pass­ing touch­downs records.

Here’s some­thing else Hur­ri­canes fans should love: Alabama led the na­tion in pass­ing ef­fi­ciency and was se­cond in yards per play at 7.8.

Mi­ami, which had one of the na­tion’s best de­fenses, ranked No. 104 in to­tal of­fense of 129 FBS teams in 2018 — 112th in pass­ing and 45th in rush­ing.

“I couldn’t be more ex­cited to join a pro­gram as rich in tra­di­tion as the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami,” Enos said in UM’s re­lease. “Coach Diaz has a clear vi­sion for this pro­gram as we move for­ward, and it’s an honor to help build the Hur­ri­canes in his im­age. This was an op­por­tu­nity I felt I couldn’t pass up.

“I also want to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Nick Sa­ban and the Alabama pro­gram for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to coach there this past sea­son. I learned so much dur­ing my time there, and I will al­ways be grate­ful.”

Enos was a pre­vi­ous head coach and has years of play­call­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

A for­mer quar­ter­back at Michi­gan State (1987-90), Enos has more than two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing skill-po­si­tion play­ers. Prior to his one-year stint in Tuscaloosa, Enos spent three sea­sons (2015-17) as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach at Arkansas, where his of­fenses set school records, and five years (2010-14) as the head coach at Cen­tral Michi­gan, where he led the Chippe­was to two bowl games and helped of­fen­sive tackle Eric Fisher be­come the first Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence player to ever be se­lected with the No. 1 over­all pick of the NFL Draft.

Enos also served a short stint as a wide re­ceivers coach at Michi­gan in 2018 be­fore leav­ing for Alabama.

Enos posted a 26-36 record at Cen­tral Michi­gan, lead­ing the Chippe­was to at least six wins in each of his fi­nal three sea­sons. CMU’s win over Western Ken­tucky in the 2012 Lit­tle Cae­sars Pizza Bowl was the Chippe­was third bowl win in pro­gram history. In five sea­sons at CMU, Enos’ of­fenses passed for more than 3,000 yards four times.

De­spite the re­ports of Enos soon be­ing pro­moted to re­place for­mer Alabama of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Lock­sley, now the Mary­land head coach, he also was be­ing pur­sued by Ge­or­gia. Re­ports soon sur­faced after Enos’ hire that James Co­ley, a for­mer Mi­ami of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, has been hired to be the co­or­di­na­tor for the Bull­dogs.

UM’s an­nounce­ment of its of­fen­si­bve co­or­di­na­tor came less than two weeks after Diaz fired Mi­ami’s en­tire of­fen­sive coach­ing staff. Diaz was hired to re­place re­tir­ing UM coach Mark Richt on Dec. 30, the same day Richt an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

Since the of­fen­sive fir­ings on New Year’s Eve, spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing the open­ing for of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor has run ram­pant. Among the re­ports of pos­si­ble hires were for­mer Hous­ton coach Ma­jor Applewhite, for­mer North Carolina coach Larry Fe­dora, Clem­son co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Scott, Toledo co­or­di­na­tor Brian Wright and for­mer South­ern Cal co­or­di­na­tor Tee Martin.

Mi­ami also ap­pears to be adding a grad­u­ate trans­fer. K.J. Os­borne, an all-con­fer­ence wide re­ceiver from the Buf­falo Bulls, an­nounced Thurs­day he would trans­fer to the Hur­ri­canes for his fi­nal sea­son.

KEVIN C. COX Getty Im­ages

Alabama quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts talks with quar­ter­backs coach Dan Enos dur­ing a game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Sta­dium on Sept. 8, 2018. Enos was named UM’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor on Fri­day and Hurts might be trans­fer­ring to the Canes.

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