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Former UAB, NFL quarterback Joe Webb becomes Jackson-Olin head coach

Former UAB quarterback Joe Webb has been hired as the head football coach at Jackson-Olin High School, he announced in a statement posted to social media on Thursday morning.

A Birmingham native, Webb attended the now-defunct Ensley High School from 2001 to 2004. He transferred to Wenonah for his senior season and enrolled at UAB in 2005.

Webb was one of the country’s premier dual-threat quarterbacks during his time with the Blazers, recording 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards over the course of his career. He still holds several UAB records and is widely considered one of the greatest players in school history. Webb went on to enjoy a ten-year NFL career that saw him play for the Panthers, Bills, and Texans, among others.

Webb becomes the Mustangs’ fourth head coach in the last four years. Tim Vakakes was hired by Spain Park after the 2021 season, Jamaal Bess led the program in 2022, and Walter Jordan took the reins in 2023 after Bess was deployed overseas.

Webb is well-connected to Jackson-Olin: he grew up in Ensley and served as the team’s offensive coordinator in early 2023 before stepping away to entertain a brief boxing career. He faces the tall task of turning around a program emerging from its first winless season since 2009.

Jackson-Olin isn’t the only Birmingham City school that’s added an Alabama college football legend to their staff this offseason. Ramsay High School recently introduced former Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson as their new assistant coach.

Charles Vaughan is a contributing writer for Yellowhammer News. 

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