Steve Sarkisian


Offensive Coordinator / QBs

Conference: SEC

Coach Stats

Why should this nominee be considered for the Broyles Award?
The 2020 Crimson Tide offense has continued to grow and expand in regard to its pro-passing concepts, run-pass options and run game. It has been one of the most potent not only in the Saban era, but in school history. In the day and age of the hurry up/no huddle offenses, Sarkisian has built a multi-faceted unit that has the ability to play-action, line up and run power football, go fast, change speeds, throw from the pocket and run a diverse run-pass option scheme. The Crimson Tide can go from a spread/hurry up with an empty backfield to a power run game with multiple tight ends. Sarkisian has done it with a three-star who has developed into a leading Heisman Trophy candidate in redshirt junior Mac Jones. UA has a powerful and versatile offensive line, led by awards candidates OT Alex Leatherwood, C Landon Dickerson and G Deonte Brown. The Tide’s starting offensive line has only allowed starting QB Jones to be sacked six times in eight games. Alabama also leads the nation in third-down offense, converting 58.6 percent of their tries through 8 games. Jones has put up video game numbers, even exceeding his predecessor Tagovailoa, with a 208.0 passer rating (#2 nationally; #1 in Power 5) while completing 76.2 percent of his passes for 341.0 ypg with 23 TD and 3 picks. The Tide’s receiver corps is still considered the best in the nation, even after the loss of Jaylen Waddle. DeVonta Smith, who is arguably the best football player in the country, has caught 72 passes for 1,074 yards and 12 touchdowns while John Metchie has caught 31 passes for 590 yards and six TDs. Running back Najee Harris has ran his way into Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award consideration with 893 yards and a national-best 17 rushing touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per rush and 111.6 yards per game.
Coach's Past Performance
Sarkisian came to Tuscaloosa after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator at the Atlanta Falcons, after serving as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator for the 2017 CFP National Championship game (end of the 2016 season). He was the head coach of the Southern California Trojans from 2014-15 and led the Washington Huskies from 2009-13. Prior to that he was the USC offensive coordinator from 2005-08 (added assistant head coach in 2007-08). His 2019 Alabama offense set records for points per game (47.2), yards per play (7.89), passing yards per game (342.2) and fewest punts (33) while ranking second in yards per game (510.8), touchdowns (83), passing yards (4,449), passing touchdowns (49) and points (614).
Team Record and Standings
Alabama is currently 8-0 on the season with a SEC-only schedule that includes wins over No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 8 Georgia and then-No. 22 Auburn. The Tide is ranked first in the College Football Playoff rankings and a unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press and 59 of 62 firstplace votes in the USA Today Coaches poll.
Team/Unit Stats
No. 1/2 nationally and 1st in the SEC in passing efficiency (202.8) No. 1/3 nationally and 1st in the SEC in scoring offense (48.5 ppg) No. 1/4 nationally and first in the SEC in passing yards per completion (15.66) No. 2/6 nationally and 2nd in the SEC in total offense (535.6 ypg) No. 3/4 nationally and 2nd in the SEC in passing offense (358.1 ypg) No. 6/14 nationally and 2nd in the SEC in first downs offense (219) No. 9/27 nationally and 2nd in the SEC in fewest passes intercepted (3) No. 17/25 nationally and 2nd in the SEC in turnover margin (+0.75)
Individual Player Stats
Mac Jones is -1st nationally in passer efficiency (208.0) -1st nationally in yards per attempt (12.02) -3rd nationally in yards per completion (15.77) -4th nationally in yards per game (341.0) -6th nationally in passing yards (2,728) -7th nationally passing touchdowns (23) 13th nationally in points responsible for (144) DeVonta Smith is -1st nationally in receiving touchdowns (12) -3rd nationally in receiving yard (1,074) -3rd nationally in receiving yard per game (134.2) -2nd in receptions per game (9.0) -3rd in receptions (9.2) -18th nationally in yards per reception (19.03) Najee Harris is -1st nationally rushing touchdowns (17) -2nd nationally in scoring per game (12.8) -8th nationally in rushing yards per game (111.6) -10th nationally rushing yards (893) -16th nationally in rushing yards per carry (6.03)