Smith and Murchison bring tough coaching style to Legacy offense

Will Murchison and Boe Smith received the keys to a performance Ferrari.

Smith and Murchison have been promoted to co-offensive coordinators at Legacy this offseason, as the duo will oversee a high-powered offense that has 46.4 points and 509 total yards per game over the past five seasons.

The offense has a chance to continue its productive path this season with junior quarterback Marcos Davila, who has 15 total offers from Division I football programs.

The offense appears to be in good hands with Smith, 42, and Murchison, 45, as the former was heavily involved with the unit as an offensive line coach since 2016, while the latter is the Rebels quarterback coach. and is in his 13e season with the program.

Offensive coordinator duties began when Frank Maldonado switched sides to take on the role of defensive coordinator after former DC Floyd White was hired to be the head coach at Compass Academy in Odessa.

“He’s going to the same offense we’ve had for the last six years,” said Murchison, who will call the plays. “Everyone in this area has talked about his offense and his stats and all that. I think sometimes they ignore our offense and it’s one of the main state offenses. We don’t talk a lot about statistics. We talk about earning more. It will be the same attack with a few tweaks here and there. I think the biggest adjustment you’re going to see is that we’re going to go a lot faster. We are going to play with a lot more rhythm.

Smith and Murchison insist that the title of offensive coordinator is just a label.

They say the entire offensive coaching staff has a say in how the Rebels’ offense has evolved and that was fine under Maldonado since 2016 when head coach Clint Hartman was hired for the first time.

The co-offensive coordinators fine-tune certain aspects of the offense. They traveled to the University of Oklahoma this offseason to visit offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby and tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley and learn about the Sooners’ run-pass option concepts.

“If you don’t polish your offense every year and try to improve, you’re going to get overlooked,” Murchison said. “We want to be difficult to defend. You have to stop everything when you play us. That’s the subject of this one.

On the Rebels’ first day of practice on Monday, it was evident that Smith and Murchison were training with great intensity and fervor. Coaching players hard is their style.

“We kind of follow the philosophy of training them hard during the week so the games are easier,” Smith said. “Our philosophy has always been that the more you put on the kids right now, the better they are able to process the game. We want to make it difficult during the week, so the games are a lot easier during this time.

“We feel like we’re doing a disservice if we don’t coach the youngsters every time they play. It’s a bit of the expectation we have here as staff as well.

Hartman believes Murchison and Smith convey their toughness to the players with their coaching style.

“You could say I would put Boe Smith against anyone in the country on the offensive line and I put (Murchison) against anyone in the country at quarterback,” Hartman said. “They both bring a very physical mentality from West Texas. Some quarterback coaches are pretty laid back, not Coach Murchison. And Coach Smith has no downtime in his body.

Smith and Murchison qualified and had the opportunity to seek head coaching opportunities at other schools, but happily stayed at Legacy, where the Rebels went 52-19 under Hartman and won a record four consecutive district titles.

“It’s a special place,” Smith said. “We have people fighting for us in our corner. When you love what you do, who you coach and who you work with every day, it’s fun to come to work. Coach Hartman is an excellent mentor but he is also very understanding, a family man. When you have someone leading you who has those values, it’s kind of hard to leave them because that’s how you feel. When you love what you do, you love who to work with, it’s great to come to work too. It’s a place you want to be.

Murchison stayed because he says there’s no place in the state he can go that matches Legacy’s community support. The experiences are unique, including Hall of Fame trainer John Parchman stopping by to cook steaks, and the day-to-day support the program receives from long-time supporter Larry Hall.

“The elders will tell you – hey, run the ball more,” Murchison said. “Hey, you have to give the ball to this guy. And you’re like, ‘yes, sir.’ “

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