IOWA CITY, Iowa — Peyton Mansell was looking for some small talk when he called Greg Davis looking to chat on Thursday. He didn’t expect to end up in an in-depth conversation.
Davis told the Iowa quarterback commit he was retiring as the offensive coordinator on Thursday. The news shocked Mansell.
“The timing surprised me,” Mansell said, “but it’s not like it was some different reason like he was leaving to go to another job.”
No, Davis is leaving the Iowa football complex to focus on his family. Davis explained his decision to Mansell during their conversation.
“He has been at this game a while,” Mansell said. “You can’t really hold it against him. He wants to spend more time with his family and his grandchildren. They all live in Texas and he lives in Iowa with his wife. I think that he made a good decision for himself.”
It was a great experience getting to know and being recruited by coach Davis. Wish I could have had the opportunity to work with him
— Aquaman (@MansellPeyton) January 6, 2017
Mansell was looking forward to playing for Davis. Mansell committed to Iowa before his senior year started, in part, because of Davis. The coach flew to Texas to visit Mansell in December and he started to explain his offense and blocking schemes to the quarterback.
Now, Mansell is in the same position as Iowa fans. He’s curious to see who gets the job. Offensive line coach Brian Ferentz’s name is getting thrown around as a potential replacement. Mansell doesn’t really know him. They met once, Mansell said.
“Just shook hands and introduced myself,” Mansell said. “I haven’t had a deep, in-depth conversation.”
He doesn’t expect much to change with the general tone of the Iowa offense, but is curious to see the background of the new offensive coordinator.
“Coach Ferentz is a big pro-style guy so I think it will be the same,” Mansell said. “I’m sure the terminology will change. So I am interested to see who is hired and if it’s going to be one guy that is the quarterback back and the OC or if the OC and quarterback coach are separate positions.”
The next Iowa offensive coordinator will inherit Mansell, a 3-star dual-threat recruit who threw for 4,268 yards, rushed for 1,790 and compiled 62 total touchdowns the last two seasons, as part of the 2017 recruiting class.