Dave Doeren has filled another of his open assistant coaching positions, hiring John Garrison of Florida Atlantic to be the Wolfpack's next Offensive Line Coach. In addition to his time with the Owls, Garrison has previous stops at UNLV (2015-2017) and Nebraska (2008-2014, OL Coach from 2013-2014).
Meet our new o-line coach, #WPN!— NC State Football (@PackFootball) December 28, 2018
Despite previewing seemingly 114 of the 130 FBS OL Coaches in our POAPS series on the subject, Doeren managed to hire a dude not mentioned in a single one of the four posts from that run. Thanks, Dave. Wasn't trying to help you out or anything...
Garrison comes to the Wolfpack after one year coaching for Lane Kiffin at FAU. His 2018 Owl OL ranked 9th in the country in Sack Rate (NC State finished 3rd), including 2nd in Standard Downs Sack Rate (State finished 12th). Basically, you had to be getting after the QB in an obvious passing situation if you were going to have any chance of getting past his guys, but even then that wasn't going to generate much success. His OL wasn't the greatest at run blocking, but they did rank better than State's unit.
Garrison's OLs at UNLV and Nebraska were more mixed bags based on advanced stats, with each edition carrying different strengths.
A former two-year starting Center for the Nebraska football team. Garrison is a young coach with a high ceiling. While he doesn't have a long track record as a recruiter, he is credited on 247's site with landing 4 four-star recruits during his time at Nebraska.
Dave Doeren, overall, has been great with his assitant coaching hires during his time in Raleigh, and this hire has the potential of being yet another fantastic one.