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The leader of the UK football team’s new offense is no stranger to the Bluegrass.
Monday, former UK player and Danville native Neal Brown was officially named the Wildcats’ new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, head coach Mark Stoops announced in a news release.
“Neal is a young, hungry, dynamic coach who has had a lot of success in the Big 12 (Conference),” Stoops said in the release. “I want a style of offense that puts defenses in difficult situations. Also important to me was Neal’s familiarity with the people of Kentucky and the university. When you put together the football and the relationships, it was a no-brainer.”
Brown comes to UK from Texas Tech, where he coach the No. 2 ranked passing offense in the nation this season. The Red Raiders averaged 361.92 passing yards and 139.50 rushing yards per game this season and were ranked 12th nationally in total offense at 501.42 yards per game. Texas Tech ranks 16th nationally in scoring offense at 37.75 points per game.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to come home to the University that I grew up rooting for, and having played here, have a true personal investment in the program,” Brown said in the release.
“Coach Stoops sold me on the job. I’m excited about his plan. He has a great vision about where he wants to take the program and how he wants to do it.”
Brown, who played at UK for three seasons before transferring to Massachusetts, took over the reins of the Texas Tech offense in 2010. In his first season in Lubbock, the Red Raiders averaged 460.2 yards per game. In his second season, Texas Tech was ranked 13th nationally in total offense at 470.58 yards per game and seventh nationally in passing offense at 345.42 yards per game.
In Brown’s five seasons as an offensive coordinator — three at Texas Tech and two at Troy — his teams have averaged at least 414 yards per game. UK averaged 315 yards per game in 2012.
Brown was rumored to be in the running for multiple head coaching positions before accepting the UK offensive coordinator job. Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville accepted the Cincinnati coaching job Saturday.
Brown was an all-state wide receiver at Boyle County High School in Danville, finishing his career as the No. 2 pass catcher in state history. He played at UK from 1998-2000, catching 10 passes, including one touchdown.