NC State names new offensive coordinator

Exciting times in west Raleigh with the hire of Eliah Drinkwitz.

I’ve heard this guy is an excellent recruiter with a ton of energy. Also, he is southern and speaks with the kind of accent that you will like — and the kind of accent that will play well in the living rooms in North Carolina and the surrounding states. Do NOT underestimate the power of ‘fit’ for coaches, cultures, programs and geographies on the recruiting trail. (Scroll to the bottom for a video that will be of interest)

From GoPack.com —

Elijah Drinkwitz Welcome

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren announced today that Eliah Drinkwitz has joined his staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Regarded as one of college football’s brightest young offensive minds, Drinkwitz has led prolific offensive attacks at both Boise State and Arkansas State in recent years. He is a disciple of Gus Malzahn, having served on his staffs at the high school level, and at Auburn.

“Eli is one of the bright and innovative offensive minds in our game, and I’m excited to have him join our staff,” said Doeren. “He comes from great pedigree having worked for Gus Malzahn at both Auburn and Arkansas State, while at Boise State he worked with Brian Harsin (head coach) and Mike Sanford (former Stanford assistant and current Notre Dame OC). He has learned and been able to blend some of the most successful offensive styles in the game and he’ll bring an exciting style to NC State.”

As offensive coordinator for Boise State, Drinkwitz’s offense ranked in the Top 15 in the nation in points per game and total offense in 2015. The Broncos averaged 39.1 points and over 500 yards of offense per game this past season.

In 2015 he directed quarterback Brett Rypien to Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, leading the league in passing yards, total offense and completions.

Drinkwitz joined the Bronco staff in 2014 coaching tight ends under head coach Bryan Harsin. That year, Boise State’s offense ranked ninth nationally in scoring during a 12-2 campaign that included a Mountain West title and Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona.

Drinkwitz came to Boise State after serving the previous two seasons at Arkansas State (2012-13), including the 2013 season under Harsin. He was the running backs coach each season, and added co-offensive coordinator duties in 2013.

Arkansas State ranked 23rd nationally in rushing offense in 2012, averaging 206.2 yards per game. The Red Wolves had seven games with more than 200 rushing yards, and led the Sun Belt with 31 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to joining Arkansas State, Drinkwitz worked for Gus Malzahn at Auburn in 2010 and 2011 as quality control assistant. The Tigers went 14-0 in 2010, winning the Southeastern Conference Championship and, ultimately, the national title.

Drinkwitz and Malzahn first team up at Springdale (Ark.) High School (2006-09), where he served as offensive coordinator the final three seasons. He was also an assistant coach at Alma (Ark.) High School in 2005, where he started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant while attending college (2001-03).

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Tech in 2004, graduating magna cum laude and serving as student body president.

Drinkwitz and his wife Lindsey have two daughters, Addison (5) and Emerson (2).

2015 BOISE ST
Pass: 334-525 63.5% 4032 yards, 7.67 YPA, 24-12 TD/INT
Run: 553 att, 2488 yards, 4.5YPC, 36TD
3rd Down: 86-209 41%
Red Zone TD: 39-67 (58%)
Yards Per Play: 6.0
Plays Per Game: 83
Overall: 501.5 yards per game, 39.1 ppg

2015 NC STATE
Pass: 246-413 59.6% 2,740 yards, 6.63YPA, 20-6 TD/INT
Run: 540 att, 2627 yards, 4.86YPC, 36TD
3rd Down: 81-197 41%
Red Zone TDs: 39-54 (72%)
Yards Per Play: 5.6
Plays Per Game: 73.3
Overall: 412.8 yards per game, 33.2 ppg

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  • #96752

    StateFans
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    Exciting times in west Raleigh with the hire of Eliah Drinkwitz. RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren announced today that Eliah D
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    #96753

    choppack1
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    Great hire. A++++.

    I don’t care if this guy isn’t successful, I love the ambition of it.

    Biggest recruit of this year.

    #96755

    Fastback68
    Participant

    I’m impressed management was willing to make a move. Now about that DC.

    #96756

    BJD95
    Keymaster

    Yeah, anyone who feels less than thrilled tonight be cray-cray. Best hire we’ve made in forevs.

    #96757

    mak4dpak
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    Long wait for football season to start, but looking forward to the new and exciting offense. Perhaps DD is looking for a new DC, and keeping it under raps. Hux does need to move on.

    #96758

    MrPlywood
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    I’m in. Grinnage to reconsider? 🙂

    #96759

    Wulfpack
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    This is awesome!!!

    #96760

    Fastback68
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    Boise State true freshman QB Brett Rypien had -72 yards rushing for the year. So I guess he inherited his dad’s Frankenstein like moves in the pocket (Mark Rypien). Passed for 3,300 yards. Sounds like he can mold offense around the qbs strengths. Looking forward to this. Lots of people to keep happy.

    #96761

    TheAliasTroll
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    Just how in the hell did we manage to land this guy? Seems like a lateral move for him at best. No complaints but mind is boggled.

    #96763

    Fastback68
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    How does a southern son wind up in Boise to begin with??

    #96765

    Adventuroo
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    http://stats.oregonlive.com/cfb/story.asp?i=20160111180339275760408&ref=hea&tm=&src=

    Little more info…

    Great hire.

    Glad he talks southern…..but Jimmy V’s Queen’s accent never seemed to hurt recruiting….

    Proof of pudding will be on the field….not how he sounds.

    Don’t know about Huxtable? Unless they indict Cosby and somehow link his On Screen Dr. Huxtable to our Huxtable and envoke the “Moral’s Clause”, then this too will pass. Admittedly, what we did on Defense this year should have been grounds criminal charges….

    GO PACK. Clemson and Bama knotted.

    BTW….DID you know that the U of Phoenix Field is retractable and they put it outside to get sun and nourishment? That also lets them use the venue for concerts WITHOUT the heavy bill for “returfing”

    Cool YouTue video of how they do it. Makes the PNC Ice conversion look like child’s play.

    #96767

    VaWolf82
    Keymaster

    Glad he talks southern…..but Jimmy V’s Queen’s accent never seemed to hurt recruiting….

    LOL. Good point ‘Roo.

    #96768

    choppack1
    Participant

    And that is as blunt as roo can get.

    Hate it for Clemson… Basically lost due to an onside kick and one bad pass.

    #96769

    redisgood
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    BTW….DID you know that the U of Phoenix Field is retractable and they put it outside to get sun and nourishment? That also lets them use the venue for concerts WITHOUT the heavy bill for “returfing”

    I thought their field was online, and only used for Madden 2016.

    #96770

    Rick
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    BTW….DID you know that the U of Phoenix Field is retractable and they put it outside to get sun and nourishment? That also lets them use the venue for concerts WITHOUT the heavy bill for “returfing”

    I saw a TV show about it. IT was very interesting how the turf went into the arena. It is a huge slab that rolls in and out. It allows them to grow the grasss outside.

    #96772

    TeufelWolf
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    I heard he can also coach free throws!!

    #96774

    budfox88
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    Must have a fire Hux clause in his contract is all I can think? Just gotta be somn in the works for Hux…

    #96777

    ryebread
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    Given NC State’s current coaching situation, my guess at our salary band, and our place in the pecking order, I think this was a good hire. There was no hire that we were going to make that wasn’t going to come with some risk. I’m glad we did this as opposed to promoting from within, which I thought we might do.

    The thing about Boise is that they have a LOT of talent and have for a while. You can run a lot of schemes and be successful with that much talent. Here’s to hoping he is a good recruiter.

    The most promising thing to me about the hire is what he did with a freshman QB this year. I don’t know much about that QB so maybe he was just really good, but I’m hoping it means he is running a system that is easy to pick up and that he knows how to bring a QB along. I never thought Canada was good at developing QBs, and that’s not jus revisionist history after year three. JB should have looked a lot better last year given he was the savior and had sat out a year and worked so closely with Canada.

    If nothing else, this will pump some life into the offense. That’s definitely needed given all the questions.

    #96779

    PapaJohn
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    Cautious optimism

    #96780

    Gowolves
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    Few reasons on what possibly made him take the job.

    Power Five conference.
    East Coast (no west coast bias to deal with)
    Warmer and much less snow
    From the south.
    Better recruiting

    #96783

    Aeight
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    Sounds like a good hire. Looks like the trend hiring young, smart offensive coordinators with today’s modern offenses, such as Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley, etc. Comes from a good coaching tree of Gus Malzhan and his spread offense. Need to recruit the players to “fit” his offense, but we have some good players in house now that can probably make it work. Now let’s work on the defense.

    #96787

    BJD95
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    Few reasons on what possibly made him take the job.

    Power Five conference.
    East Coast (no west coast bias to deal with)
    Warmer and much less snow
    From the south.
    Better recruiting

    I’m a pretty cynical bastard, but I’d go with two reasons:

    3-year contract
    $1.35M guaranteed

    #96790

    13OT
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    Why didn’t Drinkwitz follow Mendenhall to UVA?

    #96793

    choppack1
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    Cause he was at Boise state not byu.

    #96794

    tractor57
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    “I’m a pretty cynical bastard, but I’d go with two reasons:

    3-year contract
    $1.35M guaranteed”

    BJD does this make you cynical? I think not. We all have to eat and we most all want more. I don’t discount the other reasons already listed but yours make more immediate sense.

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