Georgia Southern has found their new Offensive Coordinator
Per Georgia Southern Athletics, the Eagles have hired Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis to the same role.
First reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, and later reported by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Sources: #GeorgiaSouthern is hiring #WesternKentucky's Bryan Ellis as offensive coordinator. Announcement later today. Ellis had been WKU's co-OC under Tyson Helton, brother of Georgia Southern coach Clay Helton. Ellis served as QBs coach under Clay at USC. @BruceFeldmanCFB first— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 6, 2021
Ellis has coached with new Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton at multiple stops. First, as an offensive analyst for then offensive coordinator Helton at Western Kentucky in 2014, and again during Helton’s time at USC.
The move seemingly confirms the program’s move away from the triple option, as Ellis features a wide open passing attack.
During his time at Western Kentucky, Ellis’ offenses set multiple program records through the air. In 2020, WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome set the program record for pass attempts without an interception at 279.
Western Kentucky’s offensive line was ranked as PFF’s 20th best in 2019, including the No. 1 ranking for pass-protection.
In 2021, Western Kentucky averaged 43 points and 538 yards per game.
WR @jerrethsterns has 𝟭𝟯𝟳 catches for 𝟭,𝟳𝟭𝟴 yards and 𝟭𝟰 TD’s this year.— WKU Football (@WKUFootball) December 4, 2021
▪️137 catches = #7 season in FBS history
▪️1,718 yards = #26 season in FBS history
He already holds the WKU catches record... Chasing marks of 𝟭,𝟳𝟯𝟬 yards & 𝟭𝟳 TD’s by Taywan Taylor in 2016. pic.twitter.com/Li6L9VOfOj
During his time as quarterbacks coach at USC, Ellis developed future NFL quarterback Sam Darnold and current UGA quarterback JT Daniels.
The full release from Georgia Southern can be read here