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Josh Heupel, who has 10 years of coaching experience including four as a coordinator, is in his first year as Utah State’s assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
In all, Heupel has coached in 12 bowl games, including three BCS National Championship games, during his professional career and has been a part of six conference championships. He also was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and led Oklahoma to the 2000 BCS National Championship as a senior quarterback.
Heupel comes to Utah State after spending the last nine years coaching at his alma mater, including serving as the Sooners’ co-offensive coordinator, play-caller and quarterbacks coach the past four seasons, and their quarterbacks coach during his first five years.
During his time at Oklahoma, Heupel mentored numerous quarterbacks including Sam Bradford, who won the 2008 Heisman Trophy and was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Heupel also coached Landry Jones, who won the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation’s top college passer in 2010, and Trevor Knight, who was the 2014 Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player.
This past season, Oklahoma’s offense led the nation in fewest sacks allowed (0.69 pg), and led the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally by averaging 261.2 rushing yards per game, which is the best output by OU since 1991. OU also ranked third in the Big 12 and 20th in the nation in scoring (36.4 ppg), and fifth in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally in total offense (464.7 ypg), marking the eighth straight year the Sooners topped the 400-yard barrier.
With Heupel calling the signals of a balanced Oklahoma offensive attack in 2013, the Sooners led the Big 12 by averaging 223.9 rushing yards per game and averaged 423.0 yards of total offense. Despite three different quarterbacks seeing action over the course of the season, the Sooners registered an 11-2 campaign, culminating with a 45-31 win against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma finished the 2013 campaign with a plus nine turnover differential and was plus 72 in points off turnovers in 2013, while also leading the Big 12 in time of possession (32:18).
In 2012, Oklahoma ranked fifth in the nation in passing (336.5 ypg) and 12th in total offense (497.9 ypg) as Jones became the Big 12’s all-time leader in passing yards and total offense. Jones also finished his career third all-time in passing yards (16,646) and fifth all-time in touchdowns (123) in FBS history.
In 2011, Heupel’s unit finished fourth nationally in both total offense (512.3 ypg) and passing offense (349.4 ypg). Jones ranked third in the nation in total offense in 2011 after finishing second in the nation in passing yards in 2010 when he won the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation’s top college passer. Jones led all FBS freshmen with 26 touchdowns after Bradford was lost to injury in the 2009 season opener.
In 2008, Heupel tutored Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien and Sammy Baugh Awards, after throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns with just eight interceptions and leading the nation in passing efficiency. Heupel also presided over an NCAA-record five straight 60-point games during the season.
Prior to being a full-time assistant at Oklahoma, Heupel spent the 2005 season as the tight ends coach at Arizona as the top two tight ends for the Wildcats combined for 31 receptions for 346 yards and eight touchdowns that season.
Heupel began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma as he helped the Sooners to the 2004 (Sugar Bowl) and 2005 (Orange Bowl) national championship games.
Heupel, who prepped at Aberdeen (S.D.) High School, began his collegiate playing career at Weber State where he redshirted in 1996 and played in four games as a freshman in 1997. He then spent his sophomore season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he earned All-American honors as he passed for 2,308 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Heupel then spent his junior and senior seasons at Oklahoma, as he was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 2000 and led the Sooners to an undefeated regular season and a national championship victory against Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl. As a senior, Heupel was named the Associated Press Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Award winner, the Archie Griffin Award winner and a consensus All-American. Overall, Heupel was OU’s first consensus All-America quarterback and first Oklahoma quarterback since 1971 to earn All-America honors.
During his two years at Oklahoma, Heupel posted a 20-5 record as the starting quarterback as he passed for 7,456 yards with 53 touchdowns. Overall, Heupel still ranks among the top three quarterbacks all-time in school history in passing yards (7,456), completions (654) and touchdowns passes (53) despite playing just two seasons.
Following his collegiate career, Heupel was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Heupel earned his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Oklahoma in 2001. Heupel and his wife Dawn have one daughter, Hannah (7), and one son, Jace (5).
Josh Heupel File
2015 Utah State - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2011-14 Oklahoma - Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2006-10 Oklahoma - Quarterbacks
2005 Arizona - Tight Ends
2004 Oklahoma - Graduate Assistant
Oklahoma (12) - Russell Athletic, 2014; Suger Bowl, 2014; Cotton Bowl, 2013; Insight Bowl, 2011; Fiesta Bowl, 2011; Sun Bowl, 2009; BCS Championship, 2009; Fiesta Bowl, 2008; Fiesta Bowl, 2007; Holiday Bowl, 2005; Orange Bowl, 2005; Sugar Bowl, 2004.
National Championship Games:
Oklahoma (3) - Orange, 2009; Orange, 2005; Sugar, 2004.
Oklahoma: Big 12 (6) - 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004.
1997 Weber State - Quarterback
1998 Snow College - Quarterback
1999-2000 Oklahoma - Quarterback
2001 Oklahoma - Business Marketing
Family: Wife - Dawn; Daughter - Hannah; Son - Jace
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