Alabama offensive coordinator Tommy Rees was recently named a finalist for the 2023 Broyles Award, which is annually given to the top assistant coach in college sports. Per Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide OC is a deserving candidate.
“Well, obviously, we nominated him, so we thought he’s done a pretty good job,” quipped Nick Saban, commending Rees for being willing to change up the plan on offense in order to find success.
“I think he’s done a great job of transforming our offense and the players and how they’ve improved, and I think that’s made a huge difference in the confidence on our team offensively as well as our team in general. So I think he’s done an outstanding job,” the Alabama coach added.
Rees is in his first season as the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator after he came over from Notre Dame. Despite a brand new and rather young quarterback room and the losses of Bryce Young and Jahmyr Gibbs, Rees has still found a way to have this ‘Bama offense humming by the latter months of the year.
Alabama is top-20 in scoring per-game with 36.5 points per contest, a number that’s only been on the rise as the year has progressed. In fact, in their last three wins over LSU, Kentucky and Chattanooga, the Tide have scored 42+ each time out while averaging over 50 points. Rees is on a roll.
Saban comments on Jalen Milroe’s growth
Jalen Milroe has taken off like a rocket as Alabama’s offense has it its stride. Particularly, he’s become a real force in the QB run game, which offsets his terrific arm talent so well.
“Jalen is obviously someone that has great capabilities as a runner,” Saban said. “I think he’s been pretty effective and his choices of when to step up in the pocket, when to run, when he has an opportunity to make a play, when he doesn’t. But I think the thing he’s developed is the ability to keep his eyes downfield and make plays in the passing game, even when the pocket breaks down.
“And I think he’s been an effective runner for us. You know, when we’ve had perimeter plays that involve reads on his part to get to the perimeter. So I think both of those things help us overall offensively in terms of what the defense has to defend.”
This season, Milroe has 2,267 yards, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions, a 66.4% completion percentage, 332 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.