Just a few years ago, A.J. Milwee was one of the hottest young coaches in college football and drew widespread attention when he ascended to the role of Akron offensive coordinator at just 30 years old.
Now after a two-year stint on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff as an offensive analyst, Milwee is once again on the cusp of becoming a play-caller at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
Multiple sources tell FootballScoop that Milwee is on the verge of becoming Butch Jones’ offensive coordinator at Arkansas State.
It’s another key move for Jones’ inaugural Red Wolves staff, which is closer to taking full shape after the hiring just days ago of Rob Harley into the role of defensive coordinator. Harley had spent several seasons at Pittsburgh coaching linebackers and serving as the Panthers’ recruiting coordinator.
Jones continues to piece together a strong first staff at Arkansas State, which hired Jones earlier this month after Blake Anderson left to take over at Utah State.
In addition to Milwee and Harley, Jones grabbed Derrick Lett from Yale, Jon Shalala from Mississippi State and Matt Wilson from Mississippi State in the role of player personnel director.
An Alabama native, Milwee played quarterback in college and also is expected to tutor the quarterbacks for Jones’ Arkansas State program. In 2017, Milwee helped coach the Akron Zips into the MAC title game as well as a postseason bowl berth as part of a 7-7 campaign.
Milwee owns numerous marks in North Alabama’s record books for his decorated run as a player under Mark Hudspeth, including a 33-5 mark as a starter.
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