At just 31 years old, Tommy Rees is now with his second high-profile college football team as an offensive coordinator. He was a quarterback at Notre Dame and later became the program’s offensive coordinator. Now, he is preparing for his first season at Alabama.
Working under Nick Saban comes with a lot of pressure, regardless of a person’s age or official job title. Being his offensive coordinator at 31 must take it to the extreme, however.
It doesn’t help that Rees joins the program in the middle of a transition period. Now, this doesn’t mean the Tide won’t be in contention for a national title, it just has to do with the immense amount of young, inexperienced talent on this roster.
The heart of the offense is the quarterback. Rees must choose between three: Jalen Milroe, Ty Simpson and Tyler Buchner, the last of whom played under Rees at Notre Dame.
Saban doesn’t appear too worried about Rees. In fact, he’s already offered high praise to the young offensive coordinator.
Adam Rittenburg of ESPN recently shared a list of interesting new coordinators from across the country as the 2023 season approaches. Rees made that list.
“Rees’ ability to maximize Buchner or another quarterback will be dissected. Since 2018, Alabama leads the nation in scoring (44.3 PPG) and total QBR (91.4). Alabama also is trying to avoid going three seasons without a national title for the first time in coach Nick Saban’s tenure.
“The pressure is on for Rees, who took heat from coach Brian Kelly while playing quarterback at Notre Dame and then quickly rose up the coaching ranks at his alma mater before leaving for Tuscaloosa.”
This will be an interesting season all around for the Crimson Tide and Rees is one of a few key additions that could make or break Alabama’s chances at returning to the College Football Playoff.