Brad Bedell follows Bryan Harsin to Auburn, will coach tight ends
Jeff Schmedding is not the only assistant coach following Bryan Harsin from Boise State to Auburn.
Brad Bedell, who spent the past four seasons coaching the Broncos' offensive line, has been named the Tigers' tight ends coach, the program announced Sunday.
"Tight end play is a critical part of our offensive attack and Coach Bedell brings a unique perspective to what we want to do with that position group," Harsin said. "Brad has coached with me at a couple different places and is a relationship driven coach with six years of NFL playing experience, making him an exceptional recruiter. His versatility as a coach and strong recruiting ability make him a great fit for the Auburn football family."
It's not immediately clear what that means for Larry Porter, who spent the past four seasons coaching tight ends and H-backs on Gus Malzahn's staff. Porter has served as Auburn's special teams coordinator since 2018.
"I'm really excited to be a part of a tremendous football program like Auburn, that has had great tradition and success over the years," Bedell said. "Working with Coach Harsin at Boise State and the culture he created is something special and I look forward to being a part of that at Auburn. The quality of young men in this program has me excited. I can't wait to get started."
Bedell's Boise State offensive lines produced five first-team All-Mountain West honors, including both left tackle Ezra Cleveland and left guard John Molchon in 2019. Cleveland was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Bedell added run-game coordinator to his title in 2020, a season that snapped the Broncos' 11-year streak of producing a 1,000-yard rusher. Andrew Van Buren led the team with 382 yards in seven games during the pandemic-shortened campaign.
The former first-team All-American offensive lineman at Colorado played six seasons in the NFL before beginning his coaching career, spending time with Cleveland (2000-01), Miami (2003), Green Bay (2004-05) and Houston (2006) after being drafted in the sixth round.
Bedell coached at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, UC Davis and New Mexico State before first teaming up with Harsin as his offensive line coach at Arkansas State in 2013. His lone experience coaching at a Power 5 program came as an offensive quality control assistant at Baylor in 2016.
At Auburn, he'll work with a tight ends room that is slated to return veteran John Samuel Shenker and talented underclassmen Luke Deal, Brandon Frazier and J.J. Pegues. Oklahoma transfer Grant Calcaterra, who signed in December, announced Friday that he plans to seek opportunities to play elsewhere.