Charlie Strong has added yet another high profile member to his already impressive coaching staff. According to Rivals’ Tom Dienhart, former Nebraska offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has been hired to replace the recently departed Mike Groh. Watson, 51, also served as recruiting coordinator during his time at Nebraska. Prior to his Nebraska stint, Watson was offensive coordinator at Colorado.
Recruiting wise, Shawn Watson is reputed to be stellar in that department. For the 2011 class, Nebraska signed Jamal Turner, a four-star, dual threat quarterback. In 2010, Watson helped land four-star QB Brion Carnes from Bradenton, Florida. And in 2009, he landed another four-star QB in Cody Green. Watson also got Taylor Martinez, a three-star athlete who started behind center for the Cornhuskers last season.
The point is, the guy can recruit.
Here at Louisville, Shawn Watson will be tasked with developing highly touted freshman Teddy Bridgewater. Watson has experience dealing with highly regarded quarterbacks as he tutored Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, a dual threat QB like Teddy, through a season in which Martinez accounted for over 2500 yards of total offense and scored 21 total touchdowns.
Watson started coaching at Southern Illinois in 1982 as a graduate assistant. He worked his way through the ranks and eventually became head coach for the Salukis in 1994. Besides SIU, Nebraska, and Colorado, Watson has also spent time at Miami (OH), Illinois and Northwestern.
There’s no official word yet from UofL regarding Watson’s hiring. We’ll have quotes or pass along any statement that’s made when available.