Ex-Penn State coordinator Joe Moorhead plans to run Mississippi State's offense
Joe Moorhead took a sputtering Penn State offense and turned it into one of the most prolific units in the country seemingly overnight. The guy understands how to find the end zone.
So why wouldn’t Moorhead, now the head coach at Mississippi State, trust himself to run the offense in Starkville?
Recently, Moorhead was asked how the offensive play-calling would look like this season from a personnel standpoint. And the Bulldogs head coach didn’t shy away from an answer.
“I call the plays. I will get suggestions from those guys. In between series is when most of those suggestions will occur,” Moorhead said.
“There is a system for when the series ends, we get on the horn and talk about what we saw on the previous series and make our corrections and suggestions for the next series. What I don’t like is a bunch of noise when I’m trying to call plays. It is almost impossible, so there is not going to be a bunch of people talking while we’re trying to get the play called. They will have a significant amount of input.”
Mississippi State fans should feel confident in Moorhead’s ability to run an offense. In two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Penn State, the Nittany Lions ranked 21st in scoring average in 2016 (37.6 points per game) and sixth last season (41.1 ppg).
The first look at the Moorhead-led Bulldogs comes on Saturday, Sept. 1 when Mississippi State hosts FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin.