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Andrews High grad Jeff Lebby named Mississippi State head football coach

Andrews High grad Jeff Lebby named Mississippi State head football coach

Jeff Lebby, a former star football player at Andrews High, was recently named head coach at Mississippi State University.

Lebby, who most recently served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma, becomes the 36th head football coach in Mississippi State history, according to Director of Athletics Zac Selmon. He perviously served as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi, Baylor University and the University of Central Florida.

During his playing days, Lebby earned all-state football honors in his senior year at Andrews High. He signed with Oklahoma as an offensive lineman in the 2002 recruiting class, and although his playing days were cut short due to injury, he transitioned to a role as a student assistant for the program for four years.

As a coach, Lebby has proven to be a “dynamic play caller and the mastermind behind many of college football’s most feared offenses,” as described by Mississippi State. Since becoming a offensive coordinator in 2019, he’s led all active offensive coordinators in 50-plus point games with 14. This past season, Oklahoma scored over 65 points three times, and is third ranked nationally in scoring offense at 43.2 points per game.

Lebby’s units have finished in the top six nationally in total offense three times over the last five seasons, including No. 2 with UCF in 2019 (540.5 ypg) and then No. 3 with Ole Miss in 2020 (555.5 ypg). Oklahoma finished the 2023 regular season with the nation’s No. 4 ranked offense (502.4 ypg).

“He will bring an exciting brand of football, elite student-athlete development, and a winning culture to Starkville, all while doing so with high integrity,” Selmon said, adding that Lebby is also a “dynamic recruiter who will attract an elite coaching staff and the nation’s top talent.”

Lebby called the head coaching role at Mississippi State “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“My family and I are fired up to engrain ourselves in this community, build relationships with our players, and hit the recruiting trail,” Lebby said.

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