Baylor hires Larry Fedora as the Bears Offensive Coordinator. The former North Carolina and Southern Mississippi head coach is the recent addition to head coach Dave Aranda’s staff.
Fedora is known for his very productive and high-powered offenses. He has had coaching stops at Florida, Air Force, and Oklahoma State, as well as a previous stint at Baylor from 1991-1996 as a coach of the tight ends, wide receivers, and running backs.
When Fedora was at Oklahoma State as the offensive coordinator from 2005-2007, the Cowboys were one of only two teams during the 2006 season to average 200 yards or more passing and rushing. He was hired as the head coach at Southern Mississippi in 2008.
Golden Eagles Flying High
Fedora went 34-19 at Southern Miss. On his watch, the Golden Eagles gained over 5,000 yards of total offense in each of his four seasons.
In 2011, Southern Miss gained 6459 yards of total offense. They ranked #17 nationally in total offense at 461 yards per game, and #14 in scoring offense at 36.9 points per game. USM would go on to win the C-USA Championship, defeating #18 Houston 49-28 and earning a berth in the Hawaii Bowl. They finished the year ranked #20 in the final AP Poll.
Because of that success, Fedora was a hot commodity on the coaching carousel that season and later accepted the job to become head coach at North Carolina.
Success on Tobacco Road
In year one of the Fedora era in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels ranked #14 nationally in total offense, averaging 485 yards per game. And, they ranked 8th in scoring in the country, scoring 40 points per game.
North Carolina gained over 5000 yards in five of Fedora’s seven seasons, including 6817 yards in 2015.
In 2015, UNC ranked #18 nationally in total offense with 486 yards per game, while scoring 40 points per game. The Tar Heels were led by senior QB Marquise Williams. Williams passed for 3072 yards and 24 TDs with 10 INTs in 2015. He had four games with three touchdowns, and one game with four touchdowns.
Also during that season, UNC scored 50+ points three times, had three games of 40 points or more, and scored 60 + points one time. They won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the ACC Championship Game, where they lost to Clemson 45-37.
Under Fedora in 2016, QB Mitchell Trubisky, in his only season as a starter for the Tar Heels, passed for 3748 yards and 30 touchdowns and 6 INTs. He would become the #2 overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Baylor Hires Larry Fedora
Fedora will have some talent to work with at Baylor. Junior QB Charlie Brewer threw for 3161 yards and 21 touchdowns and only 7 INTs in 2019. But he suffered a concussion against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game and an injury on a late hit out of bounds in the loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. He laid on the turf for several minutes while trainers attended to him. He was later evaluated for a neck/spine injury. If he returns to football in the spring, he brings stability to the quarterback position.
If not, Fedora will work with sophomore quarterbacks Jacob Zeno and Gerry Bohannon. Together, they combined for 410 passing yards and only 3 passing touchdowns in 2019.
The Bears also return their top two receivers in Tyquan Thornton (45 catches, 782 yards, 5 touchdowns) and R.J. Sneed (42 catches, 437 yards, 3 touchdowns).
Larry Fedora is Baylor’s new offensive coordinator. Dave Aranda has built a good staff at Baylor, and in Fedora, he has a quality coach who knows offense to give Baylor balance to go along with Aranda’s defensive schemes.
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