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Offensive coordinator Dan Enos leaving Maryland football for same role at Arkansas

Maryland football offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who was instrumental in the development of quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, will join Arkansas’ coaching staff in the same role, the Razorbacks announced Thursday.

Enos spent two seasons at Maryland, helping the Terps’ offense become one of the best in the Big Ten Conference, ranking in the top five in scoring and total yards. In 2022, Maryland ranked fourth in the conference in total offense (401.2 yards per game) and fifth in scoring (28.2 points per game).

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Enos and coach Mike Locksley installed an up-tempo offense that revolved around starting fast and getting the ball to several playmakers. The Terps scored on their opening drive in seven straight games, dating back to last season, before the streak ended against Northwestern in October. Despite having one of the league’s best wide receiver corps, no Maryland player totaled 1,000 receiving yards as the focus was on spreading the ball around.

Tagovailoa, who announced on Wednesday that he would return for his senior season, eclipsed 3,000 passing yards in each of the last two seasons while breaking every major passing record in Maryland history under Enos, who served as quarterbacks coach in 2018 at Alabama while Tagovailoa’s older brother, Tua, played for the Crimson Tide. The Hawaii native is the program’s all-time record-holder in completions (665), passing yards (7,879), completion percentage (.674), total offensive yards (8,067), passing touchdowns (51) and total touchdowns (59).

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“For gunslinger quarterbacks, this is [the offense to be in],” Tagovailoa said before the season. “[Enos] always put in good position to show off my talents as well as our wide receivers and running backs.”

Enos is no stranger to Arkansas. He served as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2015 to 2017. A former head coach at Central Michigan from 2010 to 2014, Enos was an associate coach at Alabama in 2018, an offensive coordinator at Miami in 2019 and Cincinnati’s associate coach in 2020.

Enos replaces Kendal Briles, who left Arkansas after three seasons to become the offensive coordinator at TCU, on head coach Sam Pittman’s staff. Enos’ first season in Fayetteville coincided with Pittman’s last there serving as offensive line coach in 2015.

Offensive coordinator will not be the only coaching position Locksley will have to fill. Former co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Mike Miller left in November after being hired as the offensive coordinator at Charlotte under new head coach Biff Poggi, the former head coach at St. Frances who spent two seasons under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. On Wednesday, Maryland safeties coach Wes Neighbors III joined Ole Miss’ coaching staff in the same role.

Dan Enos spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Maryland, helping the Terps’ offense become one of the best in the Big Ten Conference with quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

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