Notre Dame names Matt LaFleur QBs coach
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media January 24, 2014 8:17PM
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07: Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the ball against C.J. Mosley #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Updated: January 25, 2014 9:14PM
Matt LaFleur worked with Robert Griffin III the last two years with the Washington Redskins.
Now he’ll guide Everett Golson and Malik Zaire.
LaFleur officially was announced as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach in a news release Friday.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with coach [Brian] Kelly, who I believe is best head coach in the country,” LaFleur said in a statement. “I’m extremely honored to be a member of such an outstanding coaching staff and join the premier program in college football. The history and tradition at this university is unmatched. I can’t begin to describe my excitement to get started.”
LaFleur was the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach from 2010 to ’13. He’ll be introduced, along with the new offensive coordinator, at a news conference Feb. 3. Mike Denbrock, who served as the offensive coordinator on an interim basis through the Pinstripe Bowl, is likely to earn the full-time promotion.
“Matt has a proven resume of developing quarterbacks at numerous levels of football, none more evident than his outstanding work with the Washington Redskins,” Kelly said in a statement. “He was a major factor in the success not only of two rookies, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, but was also crucial in the resurgence of Rex Grossman, who in 2010 under LaFleur established numerous career bests.”
Griffin set Redskins rookie records in completions (258), passing yards (3,200), passing touchdowns (20) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) in 2012. Golson showed his ability to hurt teams with his arm and legs during the 2012 season.
“My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State,” Kelly said. “He was an incredible competitor and displayed all the characteristics a coach would want in his signal-callers. That competitive drive to succeed was on display every day during his time with me at Central Michigan [offensive assistant in 2004-05]. He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I’m thrilled to have him on our coaching staff.”
NOTE: Pete Mokwuah, a defensive tackle from St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School in New York, orally committed to Notre Dame, according to multiple reports. The 6-5, 305-pound Mokwuah is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He originally orally committed to Rutgers. Mokwuah is the 23rd member of Notre Dame’s Class of 2014.