TROY, Ala. (AP) - Troy coach Larry Blakeney has promoted
assistant coach Neal Brown to offensive coordinator, making the
27-year-old the youngest coordinator in the Football Bowl
Brown, whose promotion was announced Friday, has spent two
seasons working with the inside receivers in the Trojans' spread
offense. He replaces Tony Franklin, who left after the season to
run Auburn's offense.
"One of the priorities for me in this transition was to
maintain stability in the offensive scheme that Tony Franklin
installed in 2006," Blakeney said. "Neal played in this system at
Kentucky and in a similar system at Massachusetts, he has coached
this system for several years and he is a bright young coach who
has impressed me in the two years he has been here."
Brown, who turns 28 on March 11, is just weeks younger than San
Jose State co-offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo, who was born
Jan. 23, 1980. The youngest FBS defensive coordinator is Buffalo's
Charlie Jackson, 31.
"The only thing that will probably mean is a little bit of
publicity for the program, which is good," Brown said.
Brown played briefly at UK, before transferring. He played high school football at Boyle Co.
Blakeney also announced Friday that former Troy player Kenny
Edenfield will return to coach inside receivers after six seasons
as North Alabama's offensive coordinator.
Outside receivers coach and special teams coordinator Shayne
Wasden was promoted to assistant head coach.
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