King: USF's offense could resemble Baylor's
Bulls fans curious about how their offense will look under new coach Charlie Strong got a hint Friday from running backs coach Shaun King.
Speaking on the Big 3 Rollup podcast, USF's second-year assistant suggested it will resemble the spread, breakneck-tempo system installed by Art Briles at Baylor. New Bulls offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was a graduate-assistant for Briles at Houston in 2005.
"Well yeah, (the offense) is gonna change," King told 247Sports' Josh Newberg on the podcast.
"Sterlin Gilbert is here and Sterlin's from that Baylor tree. So if you think Baylor and (Robert Griffin III) and Bryce Petty and Josh Gordon...and all those running backs they've had come through those systems, that's what we're gonna bring to this conference, to this program."
In 2015 (Briles' last season at Baylor), the Bears led the nation in total offense (616.2 ypg), ranked second in rush offense (326.7 ypg) and were 24th in pass offense (289.5 ypg). Baylor averaged 85 plays a game that season, spreading defenses the width of the field and sometimes making post-snap adjustments.
As coordinator at Texas last season, Gilbert's unit finished 17th in Division I-A in rushing (239.3 ypg) and 50th in passing (252.0 ypg). The Longhorns' 999 plays in 12 games were more than USF totaled (928) in 13 contests.
"That system's a system that you need speed and talent, and I think we have both of those in abundance on offense, so we'll be fine on offense," King said. "I think we're gonna throw it a little more than we have in the past, but we're gonna run it about the same."