South­ern Miss in search of a new of­fen­sive coach

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY PATRICK MAGEE Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Pa­trick­_Magee

South­ern Miss head coach Jay Hop­son will now have three spots to fill on his coach­ing staff.

New Univer­sity of Hous­ton head coach Dana Hol­gorsen an­nounced Fri­day night that USM of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Shan­non Daw­son has been hired as an of­fen­sive as­sis­tant coach for the Cougars.

Daw­son worked un­der Hol­gorsen for four sea­sons at West Vir­ginia from 2011-14, serv­ing the last three years as the team’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Daw­son spent the last three sea­sons as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at USM. Prior to ar­riv­ing in Hat­ties­burg, Daw­son held the same role for one year at Ken­tucky in 2015.

USM av­er­aged 24.90 points a game un­der Daw­son’s di­rec­tion dur­ing the 2018 cam­paign with red­shirt sopho­more Jack Abra­ham serv­ing as the team’s start­ing quar­ter­back in his first year of FBS foot­ball.

The Ea­gles were one of the worst rush­ing teams in the na­tion in 2018, av­er­ag­ing just 94.7 yards a game be­hind an of­fen­sive line that strug­gled for much of the sea­son.

USM may not have to look far to fill the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor spot with in­side re­ceivers coach Scotty Walden and run­ning backs coach Les Koen­ning both ca­pa­ble of fill­ing the role. Koen­ning has served as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Alabama, UAB, Mis­sis­sippi State and South Alabama. Walden is a for­mer head coach at Div. III East Texas Bap­tist, which av­er­aged 49.9 points and 564.3 yards a game in his fi­nal sea­son there in 2016.

Of­fen­sive line coach Erik Losey and strength and con­di­tion­ing coach SaJa­son Fin­ley were both let go from the USM staff by Hop­son on Jan. 3.

JOHN FITZHUGH jc­[email protected]­her­ File

For­mer South­ern Miss of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Shan­non Daw­son has taken a job on the Univer­sity of Hous­ton staff.

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