Odds are there are a bunch of 28-year old guys out there playing Madden and drawing up plays in their free time. Drew Mehringer is 28 years old and he’s drawing up plays too, except he’ll be doing so as the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers.
Mehringer will be joining the Rutgers staff under former Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash after a brief stint at Houston as a wide receivers coach under former Buckeyes quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.
“He’s the brightest young coach in America and is more than ready to run his own offense,” Herman said to Sports Illustrated. “Although we are extremely sad to see Drew go, especially me given our history and relationship, we know that Chris Ash and Rutgers is getting an unbelievable teacher, coach, recruiter and mentor.”
Mehringer is climbing the coaching ladder rather quickly. Following a playing career as a quarterback at Rice, Mehringer got involved in coaching as a student assistant at Rice from 2007 through 2009 and took on graduate assistant roles at Iowa State (2010-2011) and Ohio State (2012-2013). From Ohio State, Mehringer accep[ted a position at James Madison as a co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It was there he worked with former Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee and turned him into one of the top players at the FCS level. In 2015 Mehringer reunited with Herman at Houston and took on the role of wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, as Herman also had Major Applewhite on board for offensive coordinator duties. Now Mehringer will be calling the shots at Rutgers.
Rutgers ranked eighth in the Big Ten in total offense this season but had 18 turnovers, the 10th-ranked third down success rate and eighth best red zone scoring percentage among Big Ten teams.