Mehringer was part of Tom Herman’s staff at UH in 2015 and did an adequate job – he definitely benefited from a very efficient QB in Greg Ward. He took an ill-advised promotion to go to Rutgers in 2016 to be OC. His offense was a complete disaster: the Scarlet Knights scored just 188 points in his season there.
Mehringer’s 2016 Rutgers Offense:
- Averaged just 15.66 ppg;
- 127th (out of 128) in scoring;
- 122nd in Passing Offense;
- 123rd in 3rd Down Conversions;
- 126th in First Down Offense;
- 127th in Team Passing Efficiency;
- Last in the country in red zone offense;
- Shut out an absurd 4 times (Rutgers had been shut out only once since 2002);
- Scored under 10 points 6 times;
- Scored 13 or fewer points 8 times in one season – that’s 2/3 of the season;
- Scored 14 points total in a four-week midseason stretch;
- Scored 13 points in final 3 games of Mehringer’s tenure; and
- In final 10 games, averaged 8.6 ppg.
Before coming to UH, Mehringer was Co-OC at FCS James Madison for one season. While the numbers at JMU were better (36 ppg) than Rutgers, it should be compared to what they’ve done since: JMU finished at 44 ppg and 47 ppg in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
This season, as Passing Game Coordinator and WR coach at UT, Mehringer oversaw a meager UT passing game and a bad receiving corps. UT beat writer Brian Davis of the Austin American Statesman says it best:
In the span of 5 years, Drew Mehringer hopped from graduate assistant to Co-OC to WR coach to OC to WR coach at 5 different programs. He’s a coach desperate to make his mark despite few actual achievements. A weak candidate shouldn’t be handed this struggling UH offense.
Bottom line: The Coogs need an OC with more experience and more success than Drew Mehringer.