The Alabama football program continues to go through unprecedented ebbs and flows, with legendary head coach Nick Saban retiring after 18 years. The Crimson Tide inked former Washington Huskies frontman Kalen DeBoer as their next head coach, with much of his current staff coming along. However, his offensive coordinator for two seasons, Ryan Grubb, elected not to follow him to Alabama, taking his talents to the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Instead, DeBoer will promote tight ends coach Nick Sheridan to offensive play-caller, per Cody Goodwin of 247Sports.
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Nick Sheridan: Returning to Offensive Coordinator Duties
As of Tuesday, the expectation is that Nick Sheridan will be the offensive coordinator for Alabama football next fall. Over the past two seasons, he operated as the tight ends coach for the Washington Huskies. Lead tight end Jack Westover had 77 receptions for 775 yards and five scores during that span, including catching 11 passes during last season’s College Football Playoff.
Before Washington, Sheridan was the offensive coordinator with the Indiana Hoosiers from 2020 to 2021. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had ten touchdowns to four picks during his first season under Sheridan. The now-35-year-old worked as the tight ends coach at Indiana during the 2019 season, with Kalen DeBoer as the play-caller. Sheridan has coached on the offensive side of the ball since 2010. He also played quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines from 2006 to 2010, throwing two touchdowns against six picks.
Alabama Football: Expectations Remain High Despite Quarterback Change
The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to return to the College Football Playoff next season despite the loss of six-time champion and legendary head coach Nick Saban. Quarterback Jalen Milroe will run it back for the Crimson Tide next fall. He tallied 2,834 passing yards and 23 touchdowns against six picks last season. He also ran for 531 yards and 12 scores. Meanwhile, highly recruited running backs Jam Miller and Justice Haynes will take over the rushing duties.
Unfortunately, for Alabama, the transfer portal has not been kind to the program. They have lost former five-star quarterback Julian Sayin, star safety Caleb Downs, starting lineman Seth McLaughlin, corner Dezz Ricks, and running back Roydell Williams, among others, to the portal.