The Crimson Tide found out about offensive coordinator Mike Locksley accepting the head coaching job at Maryland just like everybody else in the world: through the word of mouth and different news outlets.

“All the coaches are out recruiting and stuff right now, so we haven’t really had a chance to assemble as a team,” Jonah Williams said. “But we all love Locks. We all respect him. And we know he’s going to do a great job.”

Said wide receiver Jerry Jeudy: “I’m very thankful for having Locks as my coach for the two years I’ve been here. He’s a very good coach. I’m happy for him.”

This was Locksley’s first season as UA’s coordinator. He was the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year and an offensive analyst the year before. This will be his second full-time job as a head coach.

“Best of luck to Coach Locks,” Jeudy said.

Alabama has gone through four offensive coordinators in the past three years. There was Lane Kiffin (2014-16), Steve Sarkisian (2016), Brian Daboll (2017) and then, obviously, Locksley (2018).

“Obviously the root of that consistency comes from the man up top,” Williams said. “I think just kind of have his guidance and the way he pays attention to detail, I think that keeps all our coordinators in the same grind.”

The man up top, of course, would be Nick Saban.