Ole Miss football will kickoff the season September 6th in Houston against Baylor and there are many new faces on Lane Kiffin’s staff.
While many Ole Miss football fans are wondering if there will actually be a 2020 college football season, there is hope the Rebels will have one. Fans are looking forward to seeing a new season with a new head coach and new staff members. Coach Lane Kiffin brought in almost an entirely new group of assistant coaches who have strong backgrounds and experience.
Most Rebels fans are in the dark when it comes to many of the new coaches, but OHT has been busy looking thru the resumes and have found some interesting facts. For a number of seasons Rebels fans have grown accustomed to wide open offense so naturally OHT will first look at our new offensive coordinator/quarterback coach in Oxford.
Meet Jeff Lebby
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Many Rebels fans may not be familiar with coach Jeff Lebby, but he has the experience the Rebels offense needs to be productive during the 2020 Ole Miss football season. Coach Lebby was hired as Rebels offensive coordinator on December 12, 2019 just days after Lane Kiffin being named as the Rebels new head coach.
Prior to arriving in Oxford, Lebby spent two seasons at UCF where he coached quarterbacks in 2018 and was named offensive coordinator in 2019. He did an outstanding job in both capacities and helped coach the Knights to two great seasons. In 2018 UCF went 12-1 winning the AAC Championship and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.
Lebby was instrumental in the development of the great UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton. In 2018 Milton completed 171 of 289 attempts for 2,662 yards and 25 TDs with just 6 INTs. Milton finished the season as AAC Player of the Year and finished sixth in Heisman voting.
In 2019 the Knights went 10-3 but were fourth in the nation in total offense averaging 536.0 yards per game. Under Lebby the UCF Knights and Oklahoma Sooners were the only two team in the nation in 2019 to put up over 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing per game.
Before UCF, Lebby was the offensive coordinator at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida for one season. Under Lebby’s direction Southeastern had the No. 1 scoring offense and the No. 3 total offense in the NAIA in 2017.
Prior to Southeastern University, Lebby was at Baylor where he served in several capacities. Lebby was passing coordinator and offensive recruiting coordinator before becoming running backs coach for five seasons. Per OleMissSports.com,
"“In five seasons as running backs coach, Lebby coached five 1,000-yard rushers. Baylor’s 2015 squad ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing offense, while two Bears went over 1,000 yards that season. Lebby earned 2013 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year honors after coaching Baylor’s first back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers.” ~OleMissSports.com"
Coach Jeff Lebby has proven himself as a great offensive coordinator and when he took the position in Oxford he knew he was getting a great roster to work with. The 2020 Ole Miss football season will be exciting to watch and we can be sure coach Lebby will have a great offense. OHT welcomes Jeff Lebby and his family as part of the Ole Miss family.
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