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Former Colorado State QBs Coach Billy Napier Hired By Alabama Crimson Tide

Billy Napier left Colorado State in mid-January, and according to CBS, has been hired by the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Napier, who worked for CSU Rams head coach Jim McElwain when they were both at Alabama in 2011 as an offensive analyst, has returned to work under Nick Saban as the Crimson Tide’s wide receivers coach.

According to CBS’s article, Saban calls Napier a “sharp young coach” and an asset as a coach and a recruiter.

Napier gained early fame as a very young offensive coordinator of the Clemson Tigers that scored a school record 436 points. His 2008 signing class at Clemson was regarded as the second-best in the nation in the eyes of ESPN and the 2009 team not only won the ACC Atlantic Division, the offense scored a total of 54 touchdowns under his tutelage.

Napier is certainly a loss for Colorado State, and some key Rams offensive players said they were sad to see him go when word first broke six weeks ago. He was not only the quarterbacks coach for CSU last season, but an offensive assistant as well, working with many players personally to instill McElwain’s offense and the “big-time program” culture.

The Rams replaced Napier with current offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, expanding his role to QBs coach as well. Baldwin is a highly experienced college coach, and he will be able to handle the duties this season.

Meanwhile, Colorado State announced their Spring Practice dates and times Thursday. The Rams kickoff Spring Practice on March 26th, with practices open to the public coming on Apr. 6, Apr. 12 in Glendale, Colorado and the Spring Game commences on Apr. 20 at 12 p.m. MT inside Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.