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***New addition to staff...

  • We have confirmed that Alabama has added Ronnie Letson to the support staff. Letson served as the offensive Coordinator at Jacksonville State.

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  • A few little tidbits regarding the new hire's experience:

    Ronnie Letson begins his ninth season coordinating the Gamecocks offense and will also coach quarterbacks for JSU head coach Jack Crowe for the 2012 season.

    Letson helped Jax State claim the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Championship with an offense that averaged 414.9 yards per game against conference opponents, including 245.0 yards on the ground and an OVC-best 148.8 pass efficiency rating.

    Runningback Washaun Ealey became just the 10th player in JSU’s 109-year history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season after finishing with 1,082 on 178 carries to earn first-team All-OVC honors. The Stillmore, Ga., native averaged 108.2 yards per game and was second on the team with nine touchdowns, including eight rushing and one receiving.

    Sophomore quarterback Coty Blanchard led the Gamecocks to their ninth-straight winning season in 2011 after taking over in the second quarter of the opening game for the injured Marques Ivory. Blanchard finished the season leading the OVC in passing efficency (145.1) after throwing for 1,703 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 427 yards and adding six more touchdowns on the ground.

    In 2010, the Gamecocks posted one of the most successfual seasons in the school’s Division I history, finishing with a 9-3 overall record, and was ranked as high as No. 2 during the 2010 season.

    JSU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs and hosted its first home playoff game in 18 years at the newly renovated Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium, while also claiming one of the biggest wins in school history with a 49-48 double-overtime thriller at Ole Miss.

    Jax State led the Ohio Valley Conference in passing efficiency with a 140.39 rating, which also ranked 17th nationally. The Gamecocks also ranked among the conference leaders in total offense (384.17), passing offense (217.7) and was ranked 12th nationlly with 32.17 points per game.

    Letson also coached Coty Blanchard to the OVC Freshman of the Year award. He will be remembered for his 30-yard touchdown pass to Kevyn Cooper on fourth down in the second overtime to tie the game at Ole Miss and his two-point conversion pass to Calvin Middleton to give the Gamecocks the win over the Rebels.

    In 2009, the Gamec***s once again led the Ohio Valley Conference in total offense, averaging 431.1 yards per game, which ranked eighth nationally. Under Letson, the Gamec***s also led the OVC in rushing offense (188.8), scoring offense (35.0), and passing efficiency (161.2) in 2009 as JSU posted the best record in the OVC with an 8-3 mark.

    Letson also coached OVC Player of the Year in Ryan Perrilloux, who went on to earn All-America honors after leading the conference in passing efficiency (172.58) and ranked fourth nationally in points responsible for (18.6 points/game).

    The senior quarterback also set several other single-season school records, including touchdowns responsible for (31), total offense per game (279.3) and total offense per play (8.36). He finished his two-year career as Jax State's career leader in passing yards per game (222.3) and total offense per game (260.9) and had a career passing efficiency of 154.9.

    The LaPlace, La., native finished the 2009 season with 2,350 yards, which was the third best in school history, and his 42 career passing touchdowns is third, while his 61.0 completion percentage is also third in school history.

    The senior signal caller won Offensive Player of the Week honors seven times in 2009, which is an OVC record, and he claimed the honor nine times during his two-year career to tie for the most-ever in the league’s 61-year history.

    In 2008, the Gamecocks led the OVC in total offense, averaging 408.1 yards per game, and finished 15th nationally in that category. The Gamec***s posted an 8-3 record in 2008 and was the last team left out of the NCAA playoffs.

    In 2007, Jax State averaged 27.7 points per game and in 2006, the Gamec***s led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring offense, averaging 25.9 points per game.

    The year before in 2005, the JSU rushing offense led the conference for the third-straight season as junior Clay Green earned All-America honors along with offensive center Rod Olds, who signed an NFL contract with the Tennessee Titans.

    With Letson leading the JSU offense in 2004, the Gamec***s set school records for rushing yards per game and total offense. JSU also led the OVC in rushing offense (260.27) and finished sixth in the nation, while leading the league in total offense (444.45), scoring offense (37.45) and passing efficiency (142.56).

    Letson, who coached the Gamec*** receiving corps for two seasons from 2000-01, spent the 2002 football season as the receivers coach at Presbyterian College, where the Blue Hose finished with an 8-3 record. He was an offensive administrative graduate assistant at Ole Miss in 2003 as the Rebels finished with a 10-3 record, a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division Title and Cotton Bowl Championship.

    Letson was moved to the defensive side of the ball as a graduate assistant in the Spring of 2004 before returning to the Gamec*** coaching ranks in May of 2004.

    The 1999 graduate of Ole Miss was a three-year letterman after helping the Rebels to three-straight bowl victories. Ole Miss claimed the Ford Motor City Bowl against Marshall and two wins in the Independence Bowl, including a last-second win over Oklahoma.

    Letson was also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the University of Mississippi Athletic Academic Honor Roll.

    Letson, 35, is married to the former Vanessa Deliso, and the couple has two sons, Tripp, and Eli.

    PERSONAL
    Full Name: Ronald Irvin Letson, Jr.
    Family: Married (wife, Vanessa Deliso; sons, Tripp, Eli)
    Born: September 26, 1976.

    EDUCATION
    High School: Norcross (Ga.) High School (1995)
    College: University of Mississippi (1999)

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE
    University of Mississippi (1995-99) - Played for three straight bowl championship teams for the Rebels, including a last-second win over Oklahoma in the 1999 Independence Bowl.

    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    2000-01 Jacksonville State University (Wide Receivers)
    2002 Presbyterian College (Wide Receivers)
    2003 Ole Miss (Offensive Administrative Graduate Assistant/Defensive Graduate Assistant) – SEC West Division Champs; Cotton Bowl Champs
    2004 Jacksonville State University (Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator)
    2005-07 Jacksonville State University (Offensive Coordinator/ Wide Receivers)
    2008-A Jacksonville State University (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)

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