Chart: The top scoring play-callers over the last 4 years

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 05, 2017

Some takeaways:

- 10 of these 20 play-callers are head coaches: Montgomery, Brown, Frost, Holtz, Kingsbury, Fisher, Bobo, Candle, Petrino and Leach. For Candle and Frost, only the past year of play-calling was as a head coach.

- Lane Kiffin became FAU head coach this offseason, but will have Kendal Briles call the plays. Brian Daboll takes over the Alabama offense.

- Jeff Brohm became Purdue head coach this offseason, but will continue to call plays. Mike Sanford is the new WKU head coach, and Junior Adams will call plays.

- Doug Meacham went from TCU to Kansas this offseason, still in the offensive play-caller role. Sonny Cumbie will take over the play-calling at TCU.

- This list includes half of the Big 12’s ten play-callers: Riley, Kingsbury, Meacham (now at KU), Yurcich and Dimel.

- This list doesn’t include two-year play-callers like Ed Warinner, Major Applewhite and Brad Cornelsen, nor Gus Malzahn after giving that up to Rhett Lashlee during last season. Ole Miss averaged 32.9 ppg, but Hugh Freeze shared play-calling with Dan Werner.

- Other notable schools not on this due to multiple play-callers over four years include Ohio State (41.4 ppg), Boise State (37.5), Arizona State (36.1), North Carolina (34.7) and Memphis (33.7)

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