Chip Lindsey 'has an idea of what he wants to do' offensively

Chip Lindsey 'has an idea of what he wants to do' offensively

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Chip Lindsey 'has an idea of what he wants to do' offensively

KNOXVILLE — Notre Dame wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander learned today that the Fighting Irish will take on Clemson in the College Football Playoff.

Alexander is in his first season in South Bend following a six-year stint as tight ends coach at Arizona State.

During his time with the Sun Devils he worked with current Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Lindsey served as Arizona State’s offensive coordinator in 2016.

With Lindsey being in the running for Tennessee’s offensive coordinator position, Alexander discussed his former colleague with Vols Wire.

“He is a good players coach,” Alexander said of Lindsey. “Players enjoyed being around him and his system is player friendly. He was demanding when he needed to be, but at the same time players had a great deal of respect for him.”

If Lindsey were to get the Tennessee offensive coordinator job, Alexander says “he has an idea of what he wants to do, he does have an offense that he wants to run.”

“I couldn’t speak to the dynamics there at Auburn and he came into a tough situation at Arizona State trying to keep things the same, but I think he is a great coordinator that will adjust to whatever his players are capable of doing,” he said. “Whatever Coach asks him to do, he is capable of making those kind of adjustments.”

The make of a good coach is coaching to your players strengths and placing them in the best position for them to succeed.

“He does that pretty good,” Alexander said. “He did not try and make wholesale changes (at Arizona State) in a short amount of time he was there, he was just trying to figure out what the skill set was and then plug-in his ideas.”

All coaches have basic principles and philosophies, which is why Jeremy Pruitt has an important hire going into his second season at Tennessee.

Alexander says Lindsey “is interested in being multiple.”

“You look at some of the stuff he was able to do at Southern Miss, he was multiple,” he said of Lindsey. “He was able to utilize a bunch of different people at Arizona State and I could not speak to what he is doing at Auburn. I know he is definitely flexible and it is not that he will come in and say this is what we are going to do.

“He has an idea of what his offense is and at the same time he will come in and figure out the identity with the current offensive players.”

Pruitt showcased two tight end and I-formation sets in 2018, something Alexander views Lindsey of being able to do at Tennessee.

“Lindsey will utilize tight ends,” he said. “He is capable of playing with open sets, RPOs, or jumping in and being physical and running the ball in the SEC.”

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