Phil Longo has been one of the most productive offensive coordinators in college football over his career. While many think of Longo’s offense as the traditional ‘Air Raid,’ it’s actually one of the most balanced offenses combining a power running game with concepts of the Air Raid in the passing game. Longo has a unique ability to allow offensive skill players to play free and instinctively, providing them the opportunity to ‘run to grass.’ This ability to play fast has turned all of Longo’s offenses, and particularly the ones at North Carolina over the last two seasons, into some of the country’s most explosive.
After shattering records at the FCS level, Longo’s offenses excelled at Ole Miss in 2017 and ’18, producing top-20 units both years. Ole Miss ranked 18th nationally in total offense (462.3 ypg) in ’17 and improved to ninth nationally (510.5 ypg) in ’18. He then moved to North Carolina for the 2019 season, when he led a unit that finished 12th nationally in total offense and produced the third-best single-season yards per game total in UNC history.
Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist QB Sam Howell leads the ACC with 26 passing TDs (T-5th NCAA) and 312.9 passing yards per game (9th NCAA). Maxwell and Doak Walker Award semifinalist RB Javonte Williams 19 total TDs are the second most nationally and he is the only player in the nation with 900+ rushing yards and 300+ receiving yards. His backfield mate, RB Michael Carter, ranks fourth in the ACC in rushing at 93.7 yards per game and 11th nationally in yards from scrimmage with 1,195 (937ru/258re). Biletnikoff Award semifinalist WR Dyami Brown leads the ACC with 932 receiving yards and ranks second in the conference with eight TDs.