It took about two months, but Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy named a successor to former offensive coordinator, Todd Monken, who accepted the head coaching job at Southern Miss in December.
Via his Twitter account, Gundy announced that Shippensburg University (Pa.) offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich will be the Cowboys’ new OC/quarterbacks coach.
There was no official release to accompany the tweet, so we’re just going to take Gundy’s word for it.
Yurcich has been with the Red Raiders since 2011 and has previous coaching experience at Edinboro, Indiana and St. Francis — so eleven of his 13 years of coaching experience has come at a lower level of football. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s doing. In 2012, Shippensburg finished No. 1 nationally in total offense and second in scoring offense, averaging 46 points per game.
Oklahoma State has had a revolving door at OC over the past few years with Larry Fedora, Dana Holgorsen and Monken all leaving for head coaching jobs. Yurcich could be another young up-and-comer after serving several years at the Division II level. It’s definitely an off-the-map hire, but Gundy knows offense and knows guys who know offense too.
And if you needed any reassurance about that last line, allow me to present to you Yurcich diagramming offense. With Legos.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”