Nick Saban stays in-house for Alabama's newest offensive coordinator


Nick Saban didn't have to look too far to find his next offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Chris Low reports that Alabama has chose to promote offensive assistant Michael Locksley to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

The move comes after Alabama lost previous offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to the National Football League, as the 42-year-old accepted a job as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills earlier in the week. Daboll replaces Rick Dennison, whom the Bills fired last week after one season.

His promotion provides stability entering an offseason in which both Jalen Hurts and true freshman backup Tua Tagovailoa are potential starting quarterbacks following Tagovailoa's play in the second half of the national championship game. Locksley will also now coach quarterbacks, per ESPN. To that end, Locksley actually had at least one additional offer, as Chris Low of ESPN reports that he had the opportunity to land in Tallahassee on Willie Taggart's staff.

Entering his third season with the program, Locksley has steadily climbed the coaching ladder at Alabama, first serving as a valued offensive analyst under Kiffin in 2016 before being promoted to receivers coach prior to last season.