As the Hurricanes are well underway in spring practice, arguably the most important move that Manny Diaz has made since becoming head coach was to hire offensive coordinator Dan Enos. The need for a new OC at Miami was clearly a top priority, and brining in Enos has seemed to raise the morale not only to the Canes offense but to the entire team.
Enos, whose primary focus has been with quarterbacks, has had several notable coaching jobs where his developing of QB’s led to individual and team success.
Fellow writer Justin Dottavio did a great piece on breaking down Enos’ offense if you want more of the X’s and O’s.
Jay Rodgers (Southwest Missouri State, 1999):
The first quarterback we’re going to highlight is Jay Rodgers, who Enos coached during the 1999 season at Southwest Missouri State. A transfer from Indiana, Rodgers threw for career highs the one season under Enos, finishing with 24 touchdowns and 2,741 yards, while also completing over 60% of his passes. While Rodgers didn’t move on to the NFL as a player, he followed Enos’ steps and got into coaching himself, and currently serves as the defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears.
Jeff Welsh (Western Michigan, 2000-2001):
Moving on to Western Michigan in 2000 as the QB coach, Enos helped mentor Jeff Welsh. Over the course of two seasons with Enos, Welsh threw for 30 touchdowns and over 4,200 yards, and left Western Michigan fourth on the schools all-time list for touchdowns and passing yards.
Tony Stauss (North Dakota State, 2003):
After a less successful year in 2002 at Western Michigan, Enos migrated over to North Dakota State for the 2003 season and was the offensive coordinator and QB coach. With Enos, quarterback Tony Stauss threw 15 touchdowns, and also set a single-season school record with 220 completions, finishing 2003 with a 67.7 completion percentage. Also in 2003, Stauss set a school record with five touchdowns in a game.
Gino Guidugli (Cincinatti, 2004):
Moving on to the Bearcats in Cincinnati, Enos coached quarterback Gino Guidugli to his finest collegiate season. In 2004, Guidugli passed for 2,633 yards, 26 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Guidugli left Cincinnati and still holds the schools record for passing yards and touchdowns, he’s also 29th in NCAA division-one A history for all-time yards for a quarterback.
Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan, 2010-2012):
When he arrived as head coach for Central Michigan in 2010, Enos oversaw the development of quarterback Ryan Radcliff. Over three seasons, Radcliff emerged as one of the most prolific passers in Central Michigan history. He threw for 25 touchdowns and 3,286 yards as a junior in 2011, and then for 23 scores and 3,163 yards as a senior in 2012. In addition, Radcliff became one of only two quarterbacks in school history to win a bowl game. It should also be noted that Enos helped develop offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who was selected No.1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Cooper Rush (Central Michigan, 2013-2014):
Once Radcliff graduated, Enos and his staff then had the opportunity to coach up Cooper Rush. Rush started as a redshirt freshman in 2013, and in two full seasons with Enos, Rush totaled 42 touchdowns and nearly 5,500 yards through the air. His 2014 campaign, Rush threw for the second most touchdowns in a single season in CMU history, and also broke the school record with seven TD passes in a game.
Brandon Allen (Arkansas, 2015):
The next year as Enos left for Arkansas to become the Razorbacks OC and QB coach, Enos had arguably his best coaching job yet. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen threw for 30 touchdowns in 2015, second most in school history. The Razorbacks offense also averaged 35.9 points a game and totaled 467 points all year, which is one of the most prolific offenses in program history.
Austin Allen (Arkansas, 2016-2017):
Enos and the Arkansas offense transitioned smoothly to Brandon’s brother, Austin, and for two years, Austin tossed 35 touchdowns and was invited to the NFL Combine.
Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama, 2018):
In his most recent coaching success as QB coach for Nick Saban and Alabama, Enos helped Tua Tagovailoa achieve the greatest season by a quarterback in Crimson Tide history. For the 2018 year, Tua finished with 3,966 yards (school single-season record) and 43 touchdowns (school single-season record). Even more amazing, Tua threw just six interceptions, and set a new NCAA FBS passer rating record of 199.4 for the season. Enos also was instrumental in backup quarterback Jalen Hurts improving as a pocket passer, putting Hurts in a position to become one the nations most coveted transfer players.
As I update the home-run hire of Dan Enos, a factoid: Alabama led nation in passing efficiency. Of course they do have Tua and some amazing wideouts.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) January 11, 2019
Man, it is so easy to root for Jalen Hurts. What an unbelievable sequence of events dating back to last year with Tua and Jalen. Great teammates. And perhaps some credit to Dan Enos for helping to develop what appears to be a more polished pocket passer.— Jeremy (@ARRazorbackNews) December 2, 2018
Now obviously there will be those who only credit Tua’s success to the talent that Alabama had already, but it also took Saban’s Crimson Tide’s offense 11 years to throw more than 32 touchdowns; surely Enos had a major effect on the success.
Something that’s extremely clear is that Dan Enos has made a great coaching career in developing quarterbacks. Now as the offensive coordinator for “The New Miami,” Enos has extremely talented QB’s on his roster with Jarren Williams, Tate Martell, N’Kosi Perry and also incoming freshman Peyton Matocha. The quarterback position at Miami has been lacking for sometime, and Enos definitely has his work cut out for him.