Jovon Bouknight
Jovon  Bouknight

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Jovon Bouknight (Juh-vonn Bo-night) is entering his first season as Utah State’s co-offensive coordinator after serving as the program’s passing game coordinator the previous two seasons. In all, Bouknight has spent the past seven years as Utah State’s wide receivers coach after serving as the team’s offensive graduate assistant in 2009.

During his last five years at Utah State, Bouknight has been part of a Utah State program that has played in a school-record five-straight bowl games, while posting a 43-24 record, to go along with a 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship.

A season ago, Bouknight coached one of the most productive wide receivers in school history in Hunter Sharp, who earned second-team all-Mountain West honors, and is currently in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sharp finished his senior season ranking first in the MW and 28th in the nation in receiving touchdowns with nine (0.8 pg), second in the MW and 19th in the nation in receptions with 71 (6.5 pg), third in the MW and 41st in the nation in receiving yards (76.3 ypg), eighth in the MW and 85th in the nation in all-purpose yards (106.5 pg), and 11th in the MW in scoring (5.5 ppg).

Sharp finished his career ranking ninth all-time in school history with 137 receptions, ninth all-time in touchdown receptions with 16 and 14th all-time with 1,770 receiving yards.

In 2014, Bouknight coached a pair of all-Mountain West receivers in JoJo Natson and Sharp as both players earned honorable mention honors. Sharp finished the season with 66 receptions for 939 yards, which is the most receiving yards by an Aggie receiver since 2002. Furthermore, Sharp had four-straight 100-yard receiving games as a junior, which is the most by an Aggie since 2002. 

During the 2013 season, Bouknight was part of an Aggie offense that set school records for pass completions (297), total offensive plays (1,073), touchdown passes (30) and first downs (310), while its 445 points scored and 481 pass attempts both rank second all-time. Furthermore, USU’s 56 total touchdowns rank third all-time and its 31.7 points per game average ranks fifth all-time in school history.

In 2012, Bouknight mentored two all-WAC performers in Matt Austin and Chuck Jacobs as Austin earned second-team honors and Jacobs earned honorable mention accolades. Jacobs is currently in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens.

During the 2012 season, Bouknight helped coach an Aggie offense that set single-season school records for total points (454), total offense (6,108 yards), completions (285) and total yards per game (469.8), while ranking second all-time in points per game (34.9) and total passing yards (3,445).

    In 2011, USU’s offense was statistically one of the best in the country as it led the WAC and ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (282.69 ypg). USU also ranked first in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (151.8), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in scoring offense (33.62 ppg), and second in the WAC and 20th in the nation in total offense (457.31 ypg).

Bouknight came to Utah State after one season at his alma mater of Wyoming, where he was an offensive graduate assistant, working with UW’s wide receivers.

  Bouknight concluded his college career ranked No. 20 in NCAA history in both career receiving yards (3,626) and career receptions (250). After graduating from Wyoming in the spring of 2006, Bouknight signed an NFL free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers and went to camp with the Panthers in the summer of 2006. He later played in NFL Europe in the summer of 2007, before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During his senior season at Wyoming, he was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nation’s top college receiver each season. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors from College Football News, along with earning first-team all-Mountain West honors. The College Football News also selected him to its all-Mountain West first-team. For the 2005 season, he ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in average receiving yards per game (101.45 ypg), No. 15 in total receiving yards (1,116), No. 10 in all-purpose yards (160.45), No. 12 in average receptions per game (7.00), and No. 11 in kickoff returns (27.75). He concluded his career ranked No. 2 in Mountain West history in both receptions (250) and receiving yards (3,626).

In Wyoming school history, Bouknight ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards behind former All-Americans Marcus Harris (4,518 yards) and Ryan Yarborough (4,446 yards). Bouknight ranks No. 2 in school history in career receptions (250), trailing only Harris with 259. Bouknight also completed his career as Wyoming’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader (5,921 yards) and career kickoff return leader (2,016 yards). He caught at least one pass in 47 consecutive games, which was also every game of his college career and a UW school record up until 2014. He actually caught at least two passes in each of those 47 career games.

A native of Denver, Colo., Bouknight was an outstanding quarterback at Manual High School in Denver. He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion from Wyoming in 2006.

Bouknight is married to the former Jeanine Hernandez, who is a former USU softball player, and the couple has one son, Breeze Marcello Bouknight (1 mo.).

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