Alabama set to promote Mike Locksley to OC/QBs coach

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban didn't have to go very far to find his new offensive coordinator.

Alabama promoted WR coach/co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator.

Locksley wasn't the only coaching change this week. He had an overall head coaching record of 3-31, but Saban must trust his play-calling ability. The news comes less than a week after Daboll left for the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

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He also worked for the State Department as a nuclear weapons, space and technology specialist, in addition to serving in other posts.

This promotion makes it Locksley's third opportunity as an offensive coordinator.

Alabama represents the ninth coaching staff that Locksley has been a part of. The quarterback battle between returning starter Jalen Hurts and National Championship Offensive MVP Tua Tagovailoa is expected to be a big topic of conversation in the Spring and Fall. Locksley has been on the Tide staff since the 2016 season.

Prior to landing in Tuscaloosa, Locksley served as Maryland's offensive coordinator and QB coach from 2012-15, serving a brief stint as the interim coach after the firing of Randy Edsall. While at Vanderbilt, Gattis served as Franklin's recruiting coordinator and he assists with special teams at Penn State.

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