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MSU Loses O-Coordinator, But Not Play-Caller

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Georgia Tech at Mississippi StateDan Mullen has a vacancy to fill on his Mississppi State staff.  Word came yesterday that Les Koenning would leave Starkville to become the receivers coach at Texas.  So Mullen will need to replace his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, right?

Not necessarily.

Yes, Mullen has a slot to fill but he can choose to fill it in any number of ways.  That’s because Mullen is the man who calls the offensive plays at State, not the offensive coordinator.

As The Jackson Clarion-Ledger points out, O-line coach John Hevesy already serves as the Bulldogs’ run-game coordinator.  It’s possible then that receivers coach Billy Gonzales could be given the role of pass-game coordinator.  Mullen could then continue to call plays and work with quarterbacks with the Koenning slot being filled by a new special teams coach.

Or not.

Whatever the outcome, Mullen appears to have finally found the perfect man to run his spread offense in quarterback Dak Prescott.  In 11 games last season — playing hurt part of the time — the junior-to-be finished fourth in the SEC in total offense with 1,940 passing yards and 829 more yards on the ground.  He threw for 10 touchdowns and ran for 13 more.  All with Mullen calling the plays.

Mississippi State’s 5,647 yards of total offense ranked just ninth-best in the SEC, but it was the highest output to date from a Mullen-led offense.  So don’t expect a new coordinator to come in and take over those duties.  And that fact, in itself, will likely limit the number of “name” candidates Mullen might chase to replace Koenning.

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