Dan Enos: From Fayetteville to Tuscaloosa, via Ann Arbor

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From Arkansas to Michigan to Alabama in less than two months: Dan Enos has been a busy man.

Enos was hired as Michigan’s receivers coach on December 15 after serving for three seasons as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator; he was not retained by new Hogs coach Chad Morris. But Enos lasted only a bit more than a month in Ann Arbor, as multiple media reports say he has taken the job as Alabama’s quarterback coach. Yahoo Sports was the first to report the move.

His hiring continues a staff makeover for Tide coach Nick Saban, who lost both coordinators as well as his secondary coach.

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Receivers coach Mike Locksley was promoted to offensive coordinator last week in the wake of Brian Daboll’s departure become OC of the Buffalo Bills. Enos is being brought in to handle the quarterbacks, which had been Daboll’s responsibility. Last week, Saban also hired Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis to serve in the same role on his staff. Gattis, a rising star in the profession, also was given the co-OC title.

Enos, 49, was Central Michigan’s coach when Bret Bielema hired him to oversee Arkansas’ offense following the 2014 season. The Hogs’ passing attack immediately improved, with Brandon Allen throwing for 3,440 yards and 30 TDs in 2015 and younger brother Austin Allen throwing for 3,430 yards ad 25 TDs in 2016. Arkansas struggled offensively in 2017 because Austin Allen was injured and missed four games; Allen and backup Cole Kelley combined to throw for 2,465 yards and 18 TDs.

Enos’ knowledge of SEC West defenses is a bonus that should be put to good use in game-planning.

Enos will be one of at least four new assistants for the Tide, joining Gattis, new secondary coach Karl Scott (hired from UL Lafayette) and new defensive coordinator or co-coordinator Pete Golding (hired from UT San Antonio).

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