The BBN got some great news on Friday morning as it was reported that Liam Coen will be returning to Lexington as offensive coordinator.
Back in 2021, Coen’s offense at Kentucky averaged 32.3 points, 199.5 rushing yards, 225.6 passing yards, and 425.2 total yards per game helping Kentucky have just the fourth 10+ win season in Kentucky history.
Now heading into 2023, Coen will once again have to revive the offense as he did in 2021.
Kentucky’s offense struggled in 2022 averaging just 22.1 points, 216 passing yards, and 120.3 rushing yards per game.
Coen will now be tasked with finding another quarterback as Will Levis is off to the NFL Draft. On top of that, Chris Rodriguez will likely end his career leaving Coen some holes to fill in the offseason.
However, Coen is walking into a much more talented wide receiver room than he had in 2021 with the likes of Dane Key and Barion Brown having monster freshmen seasons.
We all saw what he was able to do with Wan’Dale Robinson, now he has even more weapons to use next season.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
Rams OC Liam Coen assisted in Baker Mayfield’s rushed prep for TNF dramatics but he is headed back to @UKFootball as OC, he job he had in 2021, according to sources. UK fans can relax.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 9, 2022
I know that Liam Coen passed on other NFL opportunities last offseason and wanted to stay at Kentucky until McVay called him home to the Rams. Coen returning validates how much he really liked his time in Lexington.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 9, 2022
Liam Coen is coming back to UK!— Troy Howell (@teeroyhowell) December 9, 2022
Can not wait to see what Coen does with Brown, Key, Robinson, Porter, A. Brown, and all the tight ends pic.twitter.com/JgNxd7gLEs— Cody Couch (@Couch_29) December 9, 2022
LETS GO!!!!!!!! Wouldn’t want to play for any other coach!!!! @LiamCoen— Izayah Cummings (@IzayahCummings) December 9, 2022
y’all should’ve seen him Monday he just knew https://t.co/QSuXXL2dfK— DeAndre Square (@d_square10) December 9, 2022
Maybe losing to Vandy was a good thing? lol if we beat Vandy maybe we’re stuck with Steve Zahn instead of Coen. Shoutout to Vandy for coming to play!!— Cody Couch (@Couch_29) December 9, 2022
I am now imagining a Kentucky offense of Dane Key and Barion Brown with Liam Coen calling the plays— #BeatIowa (@bbnathletics1) December 9, 2022
LIAM COEN IS BACK AHHHHHHHHHH LETS GOOOOOOOOO— Mason (@masonyo25) December 9, 2022
GUESS WHO’s BACK. Enter in, endin' up under your skin like a splinter— J-rod (@JByGodRod) December 9, 2022
The center of attention, back for the winter
Hes interesting, the best thing since wrestling
Infesting, in your DC nightmares testing
ATTENTION PLEASE. I would like to introduce to you Kentucky OC Liam Coen pic.twitter.com/SqH2SxZ3Ni
Cummings played a great role with Liam at the OC position! Great to have him back. https://t.co/ZE5oZfjQQM— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) December 9, 2022
Hey @LiamCoen you remembered that one time my moving company moved you…— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) November 29, 2022
We will gladly do it again!
If Liam Coen is making Baker look this good, imagine all he can do with Graham Mertz— The Kentucky Network (@KentuckyNet) December 9, 2022
Set familiarity aside: Kentucky just hired an active NFL offensive coordinator in the middle of the season to coach its offense. Wild.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) December 9, 2022