Lebby go­ing to Ole Miss

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Matt Murschel

UCF of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeff Lebby is leav­ing the pro­gram to join the Ole Miss coach­ing staff un­der new coach Lane Kif­fin.

It’s the first change to the Knights coach­ing staff since head coach Josh He­u­pel took over the pro­gram in 2018.

Lebby, who also coaches the quar­ter­backs, spent nine sea­sons at Bay­lor in var­i­ous roles in­clud­ing pass­ing game co­or­di­na­tor. He spent one sea­son as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at South­east­ern Univer­sity be­fore join­ing the UCF pro­gram in 2018.

Lebby’s de­par­ture has al­ready made an im­pact on re­cruit­ing. Sam Brown, a three-star re­ceiver from Ge­or­gia, an­nounced his de­com­mit­ment from UCF shortly af­ter re­ceiv­ing an of­fer from Ole Miss.

The Knights have con­sis­tently been one of the top of­fen­sive teams in the coun­try dur­ing Lebby’s time on the staff, rank­ing six in scor­ing of­fense dur­ing each of the past two sea­sons while av­er­ag­ing 43 points and 539 yards per game.

Lebby has been in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of true fresh­man quar­ter­back Dillon Gabriel, who took over the start­ing job dur­ing Week 2 of the sea­son. Gabriel set the school’s sin­gle-sea­son pass­ing mark with 3,393 yards and 27 touch­downs while lead­ing UCF to an 8-3 record. He joins for­mer UCF run­ning back Kevin Smith, who was named the Rebels staff as the new run­ning backs coach. Smith spent the past three sea­sons work­ing un­der Kif­fin at FAU.

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