The Maryland Terrapins surprised many in the 2022 college football season. After they hired Mike Locksley away from Alabama, many believed the Terrapins were on the cusp of being a legitimate contender in the Big Ten. Instead, it’s taken a little bit longer than some expected as Maryland fared just 5-12 in his first two seasons. Since then, the Terps have gone 15-11 with two Bowl wins.
As a result of their success, a consequence was felt earlier this offseason when offensive coordinator Dan Enos left to accept the same post at Arkansas. Maryland has since responded by hiring a former head coach in Kevin Sumlin as their co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. On Thursday, Locklsey and the Terps responded again, as they announced the firing of Josh Gattis, the 2021 Broyles Award winner, as the team’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Welcome to Maryland, @Coach_Gattis!#TBIA | https://t.co/Cnk1SGv3Fs pic.twitter.com/xCtH4FigEQ
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) March 9, 2023
Gattis was recently dumped by the Miami Hurricanes after just one season as Mario Cristobal’s offensive coordinator. He’ll now reunite with Locksley, who he coached with at Alabama in 2018 when he served as Nick Saban’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Maryland officially announced the news on Thursday and the college football world was buzzing, largely praising the Terps for a savvy hire to lead their offense in 2023 and potentially beyond. On the other hand, Miami fans were seemingly happy that he found a landing spot — other than in Coral Gables — after a largely disappointing 2022 season.
Locksley getting Kevin Sumlin and Josh Gattis to spend a year with him at Maryland is genuinely impressive, and no I am not interested in your feedback about what’s been going on in those guys’ careers recently that might have led to this. WE SEC
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) March 9, 2023
Josh Gattis to Maryland has OC and QB coach. Was at Michigan, Alabama ties with Michael Locksley as well during their time under Nick Saban.
— Morgan Adsit (@MorganAdsit) March 9, 2023
Josh Gattis is the opposite of what Maryland has tried to do with their offense the past few years. Interesting hire. https://t.co/ZaYcG7ekF5
— Mike 🌽 (@HuskerMike28) March 9, 2023
Good place to revitalize his career after Mario ruined a Broyles Award winner in one season. https://t.co/DMFMtHHR7o
— TJ Pittinger (@TJ_Pittinger) March 9, 2023
Top 10 offense in the country coming soon because Miami lol https://t.co/Lu5JZCisQ8
— Mike, Esq. (@MikeSanchize) March 9, 2023
I like this Terps!!!! https://t.co/TvEXTu7nWJ
— Who Knows (@TevSaidWhat) March 9, 2023
Locks building an Avengers staff https://t.co/IwLcsH79ek
— uɐǝs (@Every1HatesSean) March 9, 2023
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