When Dave Aranda started searching for his first offensive coordinator, he focused on the offensive styles that gave his defenses the most trouble. When Larry Fedora’s dynamic spread became an option, he acted quickly.
Fedora coached North Carolina to some of the best seasons and offenses in program history, including an ACC title game berth in 2015. Now, he’s teaming up with former LSU analyst Jorge Munoz to construct a system that pulls from both Fedora’s background and the insanely productive national title offense.
“Right now, we’re spending a lot of time comparing what we’ve done in the past,” Fedora said. “I don’t know that somebody’s going to look at film and say, that looks like Larry Fedora’s from 2015 or 2005 because of the blending of what Jorge has done at LSU.”
Everything starts with QB Charlie Brewer. The Lake Travis product helped lead the Baylor resurgence and is headed into his fourth year as a starter. Brewer played under a similar quick-developing spread at Lake Travis, where he earned AP Texas Player of the Year across classifications and won a state title. He’s a perfect fit for this offense.
“It’s something I’m comfortable doing,” Brewer said. “More of the spread. We’re going to air it out and spread it around the field and get our playmakers the ball. You see a lot of teams have success by doing that.”
Baylor’s weapons around Brewer are strong. Junior WR Tyquan Thornton is set to take a starring role after catching 45 passes for 782 yards. Three other returners caught at least 20 passes, including RB Trestan Ebner. TE Christophe Henle has also improved as an overall weapon during his two years on campus.
The biggest questions come on the offensive line. The unit never quite found its rhythm in the previous era, but veteran offensive line coach Joe Wickline and Fedora’s fast-paced scheme should be able to cover some issues. Four of five starters are back, but LT Connor Galvin ranks as the lone proven commodity. Getting a better push would help clear the way for a talented group of rushers, led by senior John Lovett.
Baylor’s offense was efficient during a breakout 2019 season, but not flashy. Fedora’s dynamic system will force opponents to defend every inch of the field.
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