Alabama hires Napier as receivers coach

Alabama’s Nick Saban has hired Billy Napier from Colorado State

as wide receivers coach.

Saban announced the hiring on Friday to replace Mike Groh, who

left for the Chicago Bears.

Napier worked under then-offensive coordinator Jim McElwain as

an offensive analyst for Alabama in 2011. He spent last season

working for McElwain as Colorado State’s assistant head coach and

quarterbacks coach.

Saban says Napier was his first call after Groh left. He calls

Napier ”a sharp young coach” who will be an asset as a coach and


Napier spent five seasons with Clemson and became that program’s

youngest coordinator in 2009 when he took over the offense at age


The Tigers set a school record that season with 436 points. He

was Clemson’s recruiting coordinator from 2006-08.