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RE: Neal Brown, our next OC(?)

Reports abound today that Mark Stoops is getting hot and heavy (not that way, get your mind out of the gutter, perv) with Neal Brown, former UK WR and current OC for Tommy Tuberville's Texas Tech Red Raiders. For those that haven't been paying much attention, Brown's responsible for a an offense in the middle of the barren wasteland that is Lubbock, Texas that picked up more than 4,000 yards of passing offense this season, good for the #2 passing offense in the country this year behind Marshall. Tuberville got heartburn just reading that, and had to sit down on his swooning couch to gather himself. As a point of context, Randy Sanders' Kentucky offense threw for just 2,115 yards this year, and only ran for 1,665. Tech has averaged OVER 4,000 yards passing each of Brown's years there, though under Leach that might be expected. Tech's rushing offense was similar in terms of total yardage (1,674 yards) but did it in 25 less plays.

You want tempo? Tech's got it. The Red Raiders ran 922 plays this season for an obscene 72 plays per game for 6.53 yards per play. Kentucky's offense averaged just under 69 plays per game and a paltry 4.78 ypp. Strangely enough, 922 is the fewest number of plays Tech has run under Brown, going from 1,054(!!!) in 2010 and 991 in 2011, all while improving YPP, which is really what you want (offensive efficiency and whatnot).

What's more? He was almost as good in his previous stint at Troy:

2007: 979 plays, 5.55 ypp, 3243 passing yards

2008: 972 plays, 5.84 ypp, 3201 passing yards

Brown probably wasn't experienced enough to be our HC, but he's got the chops to run a fun offense. I'll be glad to hear he's signed on the dotted line, should that come to pass.

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