Football: Travis Trickett hired as new offensive coordinator

Trickett replaces previous coordinator Brian Wright

Snapshot of Travis Trinkett's tweet confirming his hiring as FAU football's offensive coordinator.

Snapshot of Travis Trinkett's tweet confirming his hiring as FAU football's offensive coordinator.

Brendan Feeney, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic University football has hired Travis Trickett as its new offensive coordinator.

Trickett replaces former coordinator Brian Wright, who was fired Sunday night after a four-year tenure with the team.

Before agreeing to come to Boca Raton, Trickett coached at Samford University for five years — the last four as offensive coordinator.

Trickett’s offense is known to be a spread offense with a fast tempo. Its quick pace helped Samford pass for 332.9 yards per game last season, the third highest in the FCS. The offense’s scoring improved every year under Trickett, finishing off at a 34.6 point per game mark in 2015.

In 2014, Trickett’s offense set a Samford single-game record, scoring 63 points against the Virginia Military Institute Keydets.

Under Wright, FAU averaged 199.5 passing yards per game this past season and averaged 22.5 points per game, 107th in the nation.

Trickett used a two-quarterback system last year at Samford, something he might come across in his time with the Owls. FAU will lose starting quarterback Jaquez Johnson to graduation, but will return two young quarterbacks — redshirt sophomore Jason Driskel and redshirt freshman Daniel Parr.

Brendan Feeney is a contributing writer for the University Press. To contact him on this or other stories, he can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter.