Maryland football has hired Matt Canada as its new offensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday night. Canada will also serve as quarterbacks coach.
AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reported Monday that Maryland was expected to hire Canada, and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported earlier Tuesday that the hire was official.
Coach DJ Durkin also announced that associate head coach and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty had been promoted to co-offensive coordinator.
For Maryland, Canada would be a high-profile hire at a program that just lost its previous offensive coordinator to a high-profile job. Walt Bell left the Terps after two seasons to join Willie Taggart’s staff at Florida State, leaving behind only potential after a 2017 season that saw Maryland forced to start a walk-on at quarterback by the end of the campaign.
Canada was looking for a new home after spending one season as offensive coordinator at LSU. He and the program parted ways after LSU’s bowl loss to Notre Dame, reportedly because of disagreements between Canada and coach Ed Orgeron.
Maryland returns rising junior Tyrrell Pigrome and rising sophomore Kasim Hill at quarterback, in addition to former UNC transfer Caleb Henderson, a senior. Pigrome tore his ACL in Week 1 of 2017, while Hill tore his ACL in Week 4. Henderson did not see much playing time after suffering a foot injury the previous spring.
Maryland returns starting senior tackles Damian Prince and Derwin Gray for 2018 and Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison lead a deep backfield. Maryland’s biggest loss on offense is receiver D.J. Moore, who declared for the NFL draft after his junior season.
This would be Canada’s third Big Ten team. He was a student assistant at Indiana, where he later returned as a quarterbacks coach in 2004, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois in 2011, then held the same title at Wisconsin in 2012, at N.C. State from 2013-15 and at Pitt in 2016.
Canada’s offense is notable for its focus on pre-snap motion, and he was regarded as one of the best up-and-coming offensive minds in college football upon his hiring at LSU. For a detailed breakdown of Canada’s creative offense, go here.
Maryland’s offense ranked 113 in S&P+ in 2017, while LSU’s was 42nd.