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Liam Coen Arrives In Lexington (Again)

It's a new world now and Liam Coen is back on the Kentucky Football staff. The Los Angeles Rams' Offensive Coordinator, Liam Coen, has officially and physically made his return back to the Commonwealth, to rejoin the coaching staff and to find his roots back in the college game.

“Ashley and I are thrilled to be back in Lexington,” Coen said. “I want to thank Coach Stoops and Mitch Barnhart for the amazing opportunity. I also want to thank Coach McVay for his mentorship and guidance and the Rams organization for their support throughout this process. I can’t wait to get to work in helping lead the UK offense and bring a championship to Big Blue Nation!”

The coaching career for Coen has been through a handful of locations, climbing the tree at each step until this most recent move, which I'm not degrading by any means.

1. Cleveland Brown: Quarterbacks coach (2010)

2. Rhode Island: Pass game coordinator & quarterbacks coach (2011)

3. Cleveland Browns: Quarterbacks coach (2012-13)

4. UMass: Pass game coordinator & quarterbacks coach (2014-15)

5. Maine: Offensive coordinator (2016-17)

6. Los Angeles Rams: Assistant wide receivers coach (2018-19)

7. Los Angeles Rams: Assistant quarterbacks coach (2020)

8. Kentucky: Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach (2021)

9. Los Angeles Rams: Offensive coordinator (2022)

10. Kentucky: Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach (2023)

During his first stint in Lexington, he had the Wildcats ranked fifth in scoring offense (32.3 points per game) and eighth in total offense (425.2 yards per game) in the Southeastern Conference, including fifth in rushing offense at 199.5 yards per game. Under Coen’s guidance, quarterback Will Levis finished sixth in the SEC in passing yards, with 2,826, while running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson each finished with the second-most rushing (1,379) and receiving yards (1,334) in the SEC. The Cats went 10-3 overall with a 5-3 record in the SEC. The final two games the 2021 regular season were a Governor’s Cup win over in-state rival Louisville and a win over Iowa in the VRBO Citrus Bowl.

During his announcement to come back to the college ranks, here's what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops had to say:

“I’m very excited to welcome Liam and his family back to Kentucky. It was evident that he made a dramatic impact in the one season he was with our team. He brings a great deal of knowledge, and he also brings an excitement that players and recruits can relate to.”

While his return does not guarantee a successful season, I still believe it was the only hire that would please the fanbase after a "down", 7-5 season, compared to the program's recent success. Going off of his small sample size of one season as a college Offensive Coordinator, there is really no reason to expect otherwise since he's 1/1. This time, he has hand-picked his quarterback (again) and has more talent in the receiving corps to compliment it. All eyes are pointing forward at the moment and we shouldn't necessarily think otherwise, until it actually plays out that way.



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