COLUMBIA -- No one knows what Bryan McClendon’s offense is going to look like, and even in his introductory press conference he’s not fully defined or ruling out anything.
A lot can be gleaned from his Outback Bowl performance, but McClendon’s full offense won’t be unveiled until the start of next season.
But when he sits down this offseason to create a game plan, he’ll have a lot of experience and mentors to lean on.
“I’ve been real fortunate, man, and real blessed to work with a lot of good offensive coaches. I came up and cut my teeth under Coach (Mark) Richt,” McClendon said. “I think he’s a very bright offensive coach. He believes in teaching, he believes in not just coaching but how to do certain things.”
McClendon learned how to play offense as a receiver for Richt at Georgia and, like he said, “cut his teeth” learning from the now-Miami head coach in some capacity being on the coaching staff from 2007 until leaving for South Carolina.
He also learned from Mike Bobo, the former Georgia offensive coordinator now Colorado State head coach, and Bobo’s replacement, Brian Schottenheimer.
Kurt Roper, he said, was another big influence, with McClendon saying he's learned something from everyone he's worked under.
But one of the biggest benefits to his career is a coach already on Will Muschamp’s staff: defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. Resume includes
Richt and Bobo
“You talk about one of the best defensive minds in college football that you get to go up against every single day,” McClendon said. “And it’s not just he’s coming out trying to attack you but, ‘Hey why don’t you try this, this gives us problems.’”
McClendon will now use those influences and experience he’s picked up over a long career as a position coach and grad assistant now to construct his own offense.
He has one game of experience calling games, this year’s Outback Bowl, and that performance was a big reason why Muschamp gave McClendon the full-time job.
“Talking to Bryan, I said, ‘Listen, I just want to be balanced, I want to dictate the tempo of a game and I want to be aggressive,’” Muschamp said. “He took that and ran with it. The command he had with our staff and players was outstanding.”
Right now, McClendon’s not giving out any insight into what his schematics will look like. It’ll take time for a full offensive identity to form, but he does know what he wants from his offensive group.
“On offense we want to lead the country in effort, toughness and discipline,” he said. “We’re not going to reinvent the wheel offensively. One thing we have to do is do a great job of giving our players the best chance to be successful.”