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Baylor to hire Mason Miller as its next offensive line coach

February 21, 2024

Baylor is set to hire current Tarlteon State Offensive Coordinator, former Mississippi State and Washington State offensive line coach Mason Miller as its next offensive line coach, SicEm365 has confirmed. 247Sports was the first to report the hire.

In addition to his time at Tarleton, the 25-year coaching veteran has spent time on coaching staffs at Mississippi State (2020-22), Washington State (2018-19), Nevada (2017), McMurry (2009-13), New Mexico State (2005-08), Southeastern Louisiana (2003-04) and Washington & Lee (2000), among others over the course of his coaching career.
Miller joined the late Mike Leach’s staff as offensive line coach upon his arrival to Mississippi State in 2020. Over his final two years with the Bulldogs in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, Miller’s offensive line ranked No. 2 in the SEC and No. 15 in the FBS in offensive line efficiency. MSU also led the SEC and ranked No. 3 in the FBS in lowest percentage of tackles for loss allowed during that period.
Miller coached left tackle Charles Cross for two seasons in Starkville before Cross was selected as the No. 9 overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Miller helped Cross to All-America and All-SEC honors at State in his senior season as he posted an SEC leading 84.9 pass blocking grade (Pro Football Focus) and did not allow a sack all season.
His offensive line paved the way for quarterback Will Rogers to lead the SEC in passing yards per game in 2021 and 2022.
Prior to Mississippi State, Miller spent two seasons as offensive line coach at Washington State (2018-19).
Miller’s OL in Pullman allowed the fewest sacks in the Pac-12 in each of Miller’s two seasons. In 2019, Miller guided OT Abe Lucas to All-Pac 12 second team honors and OG Josh Watson to All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors.
The Cougars had the top passing offense in the FBS for both of Miller’s two seasons on staff, leading the nation with 437.2 passing yards per game. They allowed 20 sacks in 2019 and just 13 in 2018, both pacing the Pac-12.
The 2018 OL at WSU was named as a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s best offensive line. Three Cougars earned All-Pac-12 awards that season. Most notable of the group was Andre Dillard who was first team All-Pac-12, second team All-American by Sports Illustrated, rated the top pass blocking OT in the country (Pro Football Focus) and was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
At Tarleton State, Miller led his line to third nationally in total offense in 2014, averaging 522.8 yards per game, scoring 43.7 points per game. Exceptional offense continued in 2015, as the Texans averaged 38.1 points and 451.2 yards per contest.
Miller was the head coach at McMurry in 2013, leading the War Hawks to multiple school records offensively including total yards (5,775), yards per game (523.1) and points scored (424). Before being appointed as the head coach, Miller was an assistant for four seasons from 2009-12. During that stretch, McMurry experienced three consecutive winning seasons, something that had happened just six other times in the university’s 87-year football existence. Miller was hired as the offensive line coach but was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2011 where he flourished. His first season calling plays saw McMurry rank 18th nationally and second in the American Southwest Conference in scoring offense with 37.7 points per game. McMurry set the NCAA Division III single game total offense record with 863 yards vs. Texas Lutheran.
In 2012, Miller’s second season as OC and McMurry’s first at the D2 level, the War Hawks averaged more than 433 yards per game with 367 coming from the passing attack.

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