ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach tweeted Sunday that he is “hearing” former Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will interview early this week for the job and that Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is also a possibility.
Helton is pretty much the opposite of yesterday’s flavor, Mike Bloomgren. Western Kentucky’s offense runs a pass-oriented, hurry up scheme. It’s been prolific – check the crazy stats from this game – this season, too, in contrast to Stanford’s. Consider a few national rankings from Marty’s site:
- Fifth in yards per play;
- Fourth in yards per game;
- Second in passing yards;
- Sixth in scoring offense.
All of those were better than Georgia’s. And while WKU didn’t run the ball as much as Georgia, there is this.
The Hilltoppers became the first team in FBS history to have a 4,500-yard passer (Doughty) and 1,500-yard rusher (Leon Allen). They also scored 577 points to shatter the old record of 432 scored by the 2002 team and finished with 76 touchdowns. The 1973 team scored 62 TDs, the previous program standard.
As MaconDawg sums Helton up, “Helton is the only realistic candidate whose 2014 numbers don’t pale in comparison to the Bobo-led UGA attack.” It’s likely he’s been brought to Richt’s attention by Neal Callaway, who’s the offensive line coach at WKU. (In case you’re wondering, Western Kentucky finished the year 28th in sacks allowed, with 19.)
Presuming Schlabach is right, if nothing else, it seems that Richt is willing to cast a pretty wide net to catch Bobo’s successor.