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Alabama football to promote Nick Sheridan to offensive coordinator

Alabama football is reportedly looking internally to fill its offensive coordinator vacancy.

Kalen DeBoer will elevate former tight ends coach Nick Sheridan after Ryan Grubb left for the Seattle Seahawks. Sheridan has coached with DeBoer at Indiana, Washington and now with the Crimson Tide. Matt Zenitz of 247Sports broke the news of Sheridan’s promotion Tuesday morning.

Sheridan is the son of former NFL defensive coordinator and current United Football League coach Bill Sheridan. The younger Sheridan started four games for Michigan in 2008 after joining the team as a backup. Sheridan began his coaching career at Saline (Michigan) High before moving to Western Kentucky, South Florida and Tennessee.

Sheridan has held a variety of positions, from passing game coordinator to quarterbacks coach. He last served as offensive coordinator in 2020-21 with the Hoosiers, and was promoted under head coach Tom Allen after DeBoer accepted the job in Washington.

Sheridan called out then-Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to a 1,645-yard season as a passer in 2020. The offense struggled a year later, managing only 291.8 yards per game. Allen and Sheridan were among the coaches fired the following offseason.

Alongside JaMarcus Shephard, general manager Courtney Morgan and assistant director of player personnel Jerret McElwain, Sheridan will follow his former boss into the Southeastern Conference. Grubb and offensive line coach Scott Huff were also expected to join, but Huff accepted a position with Grubb’s NFL staff.

“Those who came with us from Washington certainly understand the system. What certain concepts are called and how we teach them,” DeBoer told reporters at the Senior Bowl on Jan. 31.

DeBoer also said coaches would begin installing his system last week before news of Grubb’s departure broke. Besides the coaches, Washington transfers Parker Brailsford (OL), Germie Bernard (receiver) and Austin Mack (quarterback) each know a little about the game plan.

UA has yet to officially announce any hires outside of DeBoer. The defensive staff appears to be stacked, led by former South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack. On the offensive side of the ball, DeBoer’s strength, there are openings at the offensive line and now on the tight end.

Alabama’s spring schedule has not yet been released. DeBoer’s first spring A-Day game will be April 13 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or send him an email to NAlvarez@al.com.

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