Rob Ezell
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach
TeamSouth Alabama
ConferenceSun Belt
Biographical details
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 35)
Athens, Alabama, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Alabama (2011)
Colorado State University (2014)
Playing career
2007–2010Alabama
Position(s)Quarterback, wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2011Alabama (SA)
2012–2014Colorado State (GA)
2015–2016Alabama (GA)
2017–2020Alabama (OA)
2021–2023South Alabama (TE)
2024–presentSouth Alabama (OC/QB)

Robert Ezell (born November 3, 1988) is an American college football coach and former player. He is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of South Alabama, a position he has held since 2024.

High school career

Ezell attended Athens High School in Athens, Alabama where he played quarterback, helping the Golden Eagles win the school's first Class 5A state championship title in 30 years during his senior year in 2006 and was named the MVP of the game.[1]

Playing career

Ezell played quarterback and wide receiver at the University of Alabama from 2007 to 2010 as a walk-on.[2]

Coaching career

Alabama

Ezell started his college coaching career as a student assistant at Alabama in 2011.[3]

Colorado State

From 2012 to 2014, Ezell served as a graduate assistant for the Colorado State Rams while going on to receive his master's degree in adult education.[4] He worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks helping them with a 18–9 overall record and an 11–5 conference record in his last two seasons along with a 48–45 victory in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl against Washington State.[2]

Alabama (second stint)

Ezell then returned to Alabama where he served as a graduate assistant from 2015 to 2016[5] where he aided current Miami (FL) coach Mario Cristobal with the offensive line and tight ends.[2]

He then served as an offensive analyst from 2017 to 2020[6] where the team played a 65–5 overall record and a 39–3 conference record along with winning two College Football Playoff National Championship titles in 2017 and 2020.[7]

South Alabama

On December 21, 2020, Ezell was named as the tight ends coach at South Alabama, joining Kane Wommack's new coaching staff.[8] During his first season with the Jaguars, he helped tight end Lincoln Sefcik earn the third team All-Sun Belt honors with 32 receptions for 218 yards and five touchdowns which was the highest total recorded by an individual as a tight end since Gerald Everett.[2][9]

On February 5, 2024, he was promoted as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.[10]

Personal life

Ezell is known for his impersonation of former Alabama head coach, Nick Saban.[11]

References

  1. ^ "LOOKING BACK: 2006 Golden Eagles were a special group". Enewscourier.com. March 26, 2020. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d "Rob Ezell". usajaguars.com. South Alabama Jaguars.
  3. ^ Deal, Jonathan (January 8, 2012). "Former Athens QB part of Bama's dominant defense". Enewscourier.com. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  4. ^ Casagrande, Michael (September 18, 2013). "Saban impressionist Rob Ezell returns as Colorado State grad assistant with future in coaching". AL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  5. ^ Scott, Nate (March 3, 2015). "Alabama hires Nick Saban impersonator to coaching staff". USA Today. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  6. ^ Byington, Alex (November 23, 2018). "No. 1 Alabama, seniors motivated ahead of Iron Bowl in quest for perfect season". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  7. ^ Casagrande, Michael (February 24, 2020). "How Alabama football analysts hires evolved, where they are now". AL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  8. ^ "APPLEWHITE AMONG FOUR ADDED TO USA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE STAFF". usajaguars.com. South Alabama Jaguars. December 21, 2020. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  9. ^ Stephenson, Creg (August 27, 2021). "Rob Ezell, famous for Saban impersonation, finding his footing as South Alabama's tight ends coach". AL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  10. ^ Stephenson, Creg (February 5, 2024). "South Alabama officially announces 5 members of 2024 football staff". AL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2024.
  11. ^ "Tide GA does funny Saban impersonation at FCA golf event". Montgomery Advertiser. June 20, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2024.