Wyoming football brings back OC Brandon, Arroyo to Cal

2011-02-04T14:12:00Z 2011-02-04T22:48:41Z Wyoming football brings back OC Brandon, Arroyo to CalBy ERIC SCHMOLDT -- Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Two heads are better than one.

The University of Wyoming announced Friday that Gregg Brandon has signed on to be the new offensive coordinator under third-year coach Dave Christensen.

The move brings together two of the most formidable offensive minds in college football in the past decade.

"When we decided to implement the spread offense at Missouri, the person I contacted to teach our staff the spread was Gregg," Christensen said in a UW release. "He is one of the foremost experts on this offense in the country."

Brandon takes over for Marcus Arroyo, who was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in Christensen's first two seasons but is moving on to Cal where he will serve as quarterbacks coach.

Brandon coached receivers at Wyoming from 1987 until 1990 before a stint with Northwestern, an offensive coordinator position under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green -- where Brandon later became a winning head coach -- and most recently a one-year gig with the United Football League champion Las Vegas Locomotives.

"This is a new era for Wyoming football with Dave," Brandon said in the same release. "We had the opportunity to share ideas and share our offensive philosophies. To now be able to coach with him at a place like Wyoming ... is about everything a coach can ask for."

Brandon will take on the task of attempting to turn around an offense that has struggled in Christensen's first two seasons.

UW ranked 98th or worse, out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, in every major offensive statistical category in 2010, when the Pokes went 3-9.

The Cowboys ranked outside the top 100 in passing, scoring and total offense in 2009 despite finishing with a 7-6 record and a New Mexico Bowl victory.

"I have great memories from here," Brandon said. "As all Poke fans know, from ‘87-'90 we had a great run with back-to-back WAC Championships in ‘87 and ‘88 and a 16-0 run in conference. Those were great teams and working for [former Wyoming head coach] Paul Roach was a tremendous experience."

Brandon will attempt to help restore such success, but first will have to find a starting quarterback.

With the departure of two-year starter Austyn Carta-Samuels, redshirt freshman Emory Miller is expected to compete with true freshmen Adam Pittser and Brett Smith for the starting job.

The dynamic one-two offensive punch with Christensen and Brandon may provide a better fit for the offense -- which saw varying adjustments in scheme out of a true spread during 2010.

One former UW player who played under Christensen and Arroyo indicated a bit of a disconnected feeling among the offensive players and coaching staff.

"[Arroyo] wasn't even credited to be an offensive coordinator," the player said. "He could have been QB coach and Coach [Christensen] still offensive coordinator."

A pair of converging offensive minds with a history of similar philosophies could put UW's offense on the map.

Contact sports reporter Eric Schmoldt at eric.schmoldt@trib.com. Check out his blog at tribtown.trib.com/ESchmoldt/blog

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