Southern Miss hires Auburn offensive analyst as coordinator, QB coach
Southern Miss hired Auburn offensive analyst Chip Lindsey as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Golden Eagles head coach Todd Monken confirmed today.
Lindsey was part of an offensive personnel group that crafted the record-breaking offense this past season. The Tigers ranked first in FBS for yards rushing in a game (328) and 13th in points scored per game (39.5).
Perhaps the most glaring advantage Lindsey would bring to Hattiesburg would be his experience working with Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens. Lindsey previously coached Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., and helped guide a dominating passing attack with Mullens at the helm. Mullens threw for 3,649 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2012.
The Golden Eagles fell to the bottom of the FBS with its offensive rankings: 54th in yards passing per game (242.6), 121st in yards rushing per game (72.9) and 120th in points scored per game (17.1).
Mullens threw for 1,776 yards and 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in the previous system. Excluding contests against Nebraska and Boise State when he threw for four or fewer attempts, the 2013 freshman only appeared in seven games, averaging 250 yards passing per performance.