UCLA Football: OC Jedd Fisch is one of Sports Illustrated’s “rising assistant coaches”

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Mike Fafaul
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UCLA Football’s new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has made Sports Illustrated’s ’30 Hottest Names’ list as a “Rising Assistant”.

If Alabama’s Nick Saban is looking at an assistant coach that you just hired, then chances are that you did a good job in hiring that assistant. That is what happened to UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora earlier this year after he hired Jedd Fisch as the Bruins’ new offensive coordinator.

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Fisch, who had come in from Michigan as their quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, is looking to turn around UCLA who stumbled to a 4-8 record last season. In that same season, Fisch was able to turn the Wolverines’ offense into one of the top scoring teams in the Big Ten (31.4 ppg). That caught the eye of Mora.

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That also caught the eye of the Crimson Tide coach. Saban sought out Fisch to fill the open Alabama offensive coordinator position. Luckily for UCLA, Saban went with former New England Patrits tight end coach, Brian Daboll.

Mora and Saban are not the only ones to see Fisch’s potential as Bruce Feldman of a Sports Illustrated named Fisch in his list of The 30 Hottest Names on this Year’s Coaching Carousel as a “rising assistant”.

According to Feldman, “If the Bruins find a way to double their win total from last year, his stock will continue to rise, especially since the eyeballs will be on how he works with top quarterback Josh Rosen.”

UCLA’s offense was ill-fitting last year with the personnel they had, so Fisch has been trying to create an offensive style that will work with the talents of his players. Albeit slow, it seems to have been working in fall camp.

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One of the bigger weapons he has at in his arsenal is junior QB Josh Rosen who is looking to bounce back after a shoulder injury knocked him out of the 2016 season six games in. Rosen is already an incredible athlete, so if things click with Fisch, we could see some big things from the boys in blue and gold in 2017.