Sanford just finished his first season at Boise, where he was a quarterback from 2000-04, and helped run one of the top offenses in the country. En route to a Mountain West title and win over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos went 12-2 while averaging 39.7 points (No. 9 in the country) and 494.3 yards (No. 14 in the country) per game.
Though the Irish struggled to an 8-5 record in 2014, Sanford will inherit an offense that averaged 444.9 yards per game, good for 32nd-best in the country.
Prior to his season on Boise State’s coaching staff, Sanford spent three seasons at Stanford – two as running backs coach and one as quarterback and wide receivers coach. He also served as Stanford’s recruiting coordinator in 2012 and 2013.
Before his time at Stanford, Sanford was a graduate assistant at UNLV in 2005-06, a part-time assistant at Stanford in 2007-08 and then earned his first full-time gig as the tight ends and fullbacks coach at Yale in 2009. He then moved on to Western Kentucky, where he spent the 2010 season as the Hilltoppers’ quarterbacks coach.
With the addition of Sanford, it looks like there will be some re-shuffling to head coach Brian Kelly’s offensive staff. Mike Denbrock was the Irish’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2014, so it appears he’ll have a change in title. Additionally, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur left last week for a job with the Atlanta Falcons and running backs coach Tony Alford left the Irish for Ohio State, so there is still an additional vacancy for Kelly to fill.
Sanford Jr., the son of current Indiana State and former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford, reportedly interviewed for the offensive coordinator job at Ohio State in January, but decided to stick with Boise State at the time.
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