Patrick Surtain Sr. to coach Florida St.’s defensive backs

Patrick Surtain Sr. to coach Florida St.’s defensive backs

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kendal Briles is back in the Big 12 as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at TCU, leaving Arkansas after three seasons.

The former Baylor assistant, whose hiring was announced Thursday, succeeds Garrett Riley. The younger brother of Southern California coach Lincoln Riley takes over at Clemson.

Briles served under his father, former Baylor coach Art Briles. The elder Briles was fired in 2016 due to allegations of sexual assault by football players.

Kendal Briles was a finalist for the 2015 Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach, in his first season as Baylor’s offensive coordinator. He stayed on for another year after Art Briles was fired.

TCU will be Kendal Briles’ fifth stop as offensive coordinator since leaving Baylor. He held that position for one season each at Florida Atlantic, Florida State and Houston before joining the Razorbacks in 2020.

Arkansas ranked seventh nationally in rushing last season with 237 yards per game and 15th in total offense with 471. The Razorbacks finished with 3,075 rushing yards, their highest in 19 years.

Briles inherits an offense that helped the Horned Frogs finish 13-2 that included a College Football Playoff semifinal win over Michigan before a 65-7 loss to Georgia in the title game.

Quarterback Max Duggan, the Heisman Trophy finalist who threw for 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions and ran for nine other scores, is skipping one final season of eligibility to turn pro.

Briles was a Texas State Championship-winning high school quarterback in Stephenville in 1999 before head coach Art Briles took an assistant position at Texas Tech. Young Briles led Wolfforth Frenship to the state semi-finals as a senior.

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