Western Kentucky fielded one of the most prolific offenses in college football this season, and that success has helped offensive coordinator Tyson Helton to become a popular name on the coaching market.
With the news that UGA will be hiring Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as its next head coach, Helton would be an option to join the Bulldogs in his current role, according to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
Western Kentucky finished No. 6 (2014) and No. 4 (2015) in Helton’s two seasons as a Hilltoppers coordinator, with his unit averaging 44.3 points per game over that span. Western Kentucky also featured a notably pass-heavy attack, ranking 23rd in the nation with an average of 38 passing attempts per game this season. Under Brian Schottenheimer, UGA only threw the ball about 25 times per game — 113th in the country. Quarterback Brandon Doughty became one of college football’s most productive passers under Helton’s watch, throwing 71 touchdowns to 16 interceptions across the past two seasons combined.
Helton also served as an assistant for one season under Tommy Tuberville at Cincinnati after spending six as part of UAB’s coaching staff.
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