Tommy Rees, Alabama OC
Like many of the best coaches around college football, Kirby Smart was a Nick Saban disciple. When Smart took the job at Georgia, he was still helping Saban win a national championship at Bama as his defensive coordinator.
Penn State could poach a Saban offensive assistant in the 31-year-old Tommy Rees. Rees isn’t quite as seasoned as Smart was, but what he’s done with Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe proves he’s ready for a shot to lead a team.
Milroe was terrible at the start of the season in Bama’s loss to Texas and was benched the next week against USF. Then, Rees and the coaching staff committed to Milroe and built a dynamic offense tailor-made for his quarterback.
Milroe is now averaging over 10 yards per attempt and completing about 65% of his passes. He’s run for nine touchdowns, but he’s also one of the best deep passers in the country. That should be music to the ears of Penn State fans who have been watching Drew Allar average 6.6 yards per attempt in Mike Yurcich’s offense.
Before going to Alabama, Rees was the OC and QB coach at Notre Dame.