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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

UCF Coach Gus Malzan Brings Offensive Analyst With SEC, NFL Experience

UCF football coach Gus Malzan continued to grow his staff Monday by hiring LSU passing game coordinator DJ Mangas as an analyst, according to the program announcement.

Mangas returned to LSU this past season after a year in the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 2020.

However, he was not hired by new LSU football coach Brian Kelly, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. informed of last December.

In 2019, Mangus worked as an offensive analyst under former LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who went on to follow Brady to Carolina before leaving for the NFL.

That season, LSU won the national championship, scoring 50 or more points seven times and winning two games by two points.

The next year in Carolina, Mangus worked with both Brady and former quarterback coach Jake Peetz.

That season, the Four Panthers finished with more than 1,000 scrimmage yards as the Carolinas became only the fifth team in the Super Bowl era to achieve such a feat.

Mangas worked at his alma mater, William & Mary, from 2014-18, before coaching in the SEC and NFL. He coached back running for three seasons and was then promoted to offensive coordinator for his final two years.

At the time in 2017, Mangus was the second youngest offensive coordinator in Division I football.

Under Mangus, both William and Mary finished their careers as the two most productive running backs in school history, surpassing Mikael Abdul-Saboor (3,108 yards) and Kendall Anderson (3,082), fourth and fourth respectively. In fifth place, the program’s all-time race list.

Mangas played wide receiver at William & Mary from 2007–11. During his senior season, he led his team in receptions (45), receiving yards (591) and touchdown catches (5).

Following his playing career, Mangus became a student assistant at William & Mary the following spring, before moving to Hampton-Sydney College to coach quarterbacks in 2012.

The following year Mangus worked as a running back coach at Georgetown and then returned to William & Mary for the next five years.

Mangus joined Malzhan’s coaching staff at UCF, along with offensive analyst Jesse Stone, defensive analyst Charles Moore and special teams analyst Ben Larsen.

While coaches may use analysts in a variety of roles, such as advisors or someone to sabotage opponents’ plans, analysts cannot coach on the field or in practice.

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