On Tuesday, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart officially announced the hiring of Mario Cristobal as the team’s co-offensive coordinator, run-game leader and offensive line coach.
Cristobal, known for being one of the nation’s best recruiters, joins the Ducks after four years as Alabama’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach. During Cristobal’s time in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson’s Tide was ranked among the best in the nation twice. This year, Alabama’s run game benefited greatly from the protection up front and averaged 246.7 yards per game, 11th in the nation.
Currently, Cristobal is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 2 recruiter, just barely behind Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith. The Ducks have struggled on the recruiting trail in recent years, so this should be a huge boost for the program in that aspect.
Cristobal will help lead Oregon’s offense, splitting the offensive coordinator duties with David Reaves, who was a part of Taggart’s staff at South Florida, eventually working his way up to the role of associate head coach this past season.
Cristobal’s contract is for three years at $700,000 per season.
Despite Cristobal and Reaves being co-offensive coordinators, it will be Willie Taggart who will be calling the plays when the Ducks have the ball.
You can read more about Cristobal and his career over on GoDucks.com.