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Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital a candidate for the Cal OC job?


Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from all the speculation about who will replace Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, we haven't had a real list of names yet. Rob Likens, Hal Mumme, and Dave Nichol are all names the Internet has drawn out of a hat.

We do have one name to start off our search. Per Coaching Search, Sonny Dykes has reportedly been in touch with Jake Spavital. Spavital has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M the past three seasons (co-OC in 2013).

In terms of overall experience, Spavital is a stark comparison to Franklin. A fresh faced 30 years old, Spavital is as pure Air Raid as they come. He's worked with Dana Holgersen in West Virginia as the quarterbacks coach for Geno Smith, was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State during the time of Brandon Weeden. And of course he's probably most famous for working with Johnny Manziel the year after he won the Heisman.

A&M had an elite offense by advanced metrics in 2013 (4th in S&P+1st in FEI) and 2014 (18th in S&P+15th in FEI), but due to a very heated quarterback controversy between Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen, the offense did not quite click last season (55th in S&P+85th in FEI), leading to Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin parting ways with Spavital. There are some debates as to whether Sumlin or Spavital is to blame--neither Murray nor Allen had bad things to say about their former OC, and it sounds like it's possible that Spavital was scapegoated here.

Texas A&M's site Good Bull Hunting presented a pretty good piece on the merits of Spavital before the season went south--not sure if they still are that rosy on him, but there was a very good case for Spavital to still be the guy after this season. It's worth a look if you need some additional justification into Jake being the new playcaller at Cal.

What are your thoughts on Jake Spavital joining the Cal staff?