Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
USU returns 23 lettermen and eight starters on offense in 2013, including first-team all-conference quarterback Chuckie Keeton.
Offensively, Utah State scored three touchdowns and added three field goals.
Kevin McGiven is in his second season as Utah State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and third year with the Aggies overall as he spent the 2009 season as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Aggies under Gary Andersen.
In 2013, Utah State had four offensive players earn various all-Mountain West honors, including center Tyler Larsen who was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports. USU also played in back-to-back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history and won just its third bowl game ever.
Overall, Utah State's offense set four school records in 2013 in 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 touchdowns rank third all-time and its 31.7 points per game average ranks fifth all-time.
McGiven also mentored true freshman quarterback Darell Garretson, who went 6-1 as a starter in 2013 and led Utah State to just its third-ever bowl win with a 21-14 victory against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
As a freshman, Garretson won his first five career starts to set a school record and set the single-season school record for passing yards by a freshman (1,446). Garretson also set the USU freshman record for passing yards in a game with 370 against Hawai'i to rank as the 20th-most passing yards in a single-game in school history.
Under McGiven's guidance, Utah State also produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the fourth time in the past five years as Joey DeMartino rushed for 1,221 yards.
Prior to Utah State, McGiven helped Montana State to an 11-2 record and its third-straight Big Sky Conference Championship in 2012. As offensive coordinator at Montana State in 2012, the Bobcats finished 20th in the nation at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level in scoring offense (33.46 ppg), 28th in passing efficiency (140.52), 29th in total offense (415.38 ypg), 29th in passing offense (246.23 ypg) and 41st in rushing offense (169.15 ypg).
Under McGiven, Montana State had six offensive players earn various all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012, including junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee, who earned Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second time and was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team after ranking 18th nationally in total offense (271.85 ypg), 25th in passing (242.62 ypg) and 28th in passing efficiency (140.63).
McGiven also spent two years at Memphis (2010-11) as the assistant head coach of offense and quarterbacks coach, helping true freshman quarterback Ryan Williams become the ninth Tiger to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
In 2009, McGiven helped guide a Utah State offense that ranked 35th nationally in passing (246.8 ypg). USU also improved from 89th nationally in total offense in 2008 to 14th in 2009, averaging 439.3 yards per game. McGiven was instrumental in quarterback Diondre Borel's success as he led the WAC and ranked 16th nationally in total offense (278.58 ypg). Borel, an all-WAC honoree, also ranked 35th nationally in pass efficiency (137.83) and logged five games of 300 or more yards passing en route to setting the then single-season school record for total offense with 3,343 yards.
Prior to the 2009 campaign, McGiven was Weber State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons, helping the Wildcats to a share of the Big Sky Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs in 2008.
Weber State improved from fifth in the Big Sky in 2007 in total offense to leading the league and ranking seventh in the FCS in 2008 with 455.4 yards per game. The McGiven-led Wildcat offense also led the Big Sky and ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring offense (35.1 ppg), was second in the Big Sky and fifth in the FCS in passing offense (324.3 ypg), and fifth in the league and 70th in the nation in rushing offense (131.0 ypg).
Under McGiven, Weber State had seven players earn first-team all-Big Sky honors in 2008, including quarterback Cameron Higgins who was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year as he led the league and ranked third in FCS in passing efficiency (166.26), as well as leading the league and ranking fourth in FCS in total offense (314.3 ypg).
McGiven joined the Weber State coaching staff in 2006 after one season at Southern Utah, where he was the Thunderbirds' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2005, SUU ranked second in the Great West Conference in passing offense.
McGiven began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at BYU from 2002-04.
McGiven grew up in Orem, Utah, and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1995. He played one season at Eastern Arizona Junior College and later played wide receiver at Louisiana Tech, before finishing his bachelor's degree in business from Utah Valley University in 2001.
He and his wife Lindsay have four children: sons Peyton (14), K.J. (13) and Beau (11); and daughter Ireland (8).
KEVIN MCGIVEN FILE Coaching History: 2013- Utah State - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2012 Montana State - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2010-11 Memphis - Quarterbacks/Assistant Head Coach of Offense 2009 Utah State - Quarterbacks/Assistant Head Coach 2006-08 Weber State - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2005 Southern Utah - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers 2002-04 BYU - Offensive Graduate Assistant 2001 Mountain View HS (Provo, Utah) - Receivers/Tight Ends 1998 Louisiana Tech - Offensive Student Assistant