Charlie Strong continues to fill out his coaching staff. One of Strong’s most recent hires should make Longhorn fans happy.
Orangebloods.com reports former Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has been hired to coach the quarterbacks. This is significant to Texas fans for two reasons: Texas did not have a quarterbacks coach under Mack Brown, and Watson coached some guy named Teddy Bridgewater.
Reports had Watson as the Longhorn’s next offensive coordinator, but that position is still unfilled at this time.
Watson’s hire would allow him to work exclusively with David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard. Last season Major Applewhite split his time between the quarterbacks and his offensive coordinator duties.
While at Louisville, Watson helped develop one of the country’s top quarterback prospect in Bridgewater. Bridgewater passed for 9,817 yards in his three years at Louisville. In 2013, Bridgewater set career highs in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and yards per attempt. His passer rating of 171.1 was fifth best in the country. In comparison, Case McCoy ranked 114th.
Watson will be tasked with developing the talented, but raw, Swoopes. The sophomore signal caller attempted just 13 passes in limited action last year. Heard may be best served to redshirt this season and work on his accuracy while adjusting to the speed of the college game.
This hire is good news for a Texas program that could be one hit away from losing Ash for the season.