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, who helped Montana State to an 11-2 record and its third-straight Big Sky Conference Championship in 2012, is in his first season as Utah State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and second 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.
During this past season at Montana State, 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).
Highlighting Montana State's offense in 2012 under McGiven's guidance was 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).
Under McGiven, Montana State had six offensive players earn various all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012, including two first-team selections.
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 served as an assistant head coach working with the quarterbacks at Utah State and helped guide a USU offense that ranked 35th nationally and fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in passing with an average of 246.8 yards per game. 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. WSU finished the season at 10-4, marking only the second time in school history it won 10 games.
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 conference and ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring offense at 35.1 points per game. McGiven's offense was also 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, part of a conference record 12 players on the first-team overall. Quarterback Cameron Higgins was not only a first-team selection, but 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).
In 2007, Higgins was named the 2007 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year along with being an honorable mention all-Big Sky selection as he ranked second in the league with a 143.20 passing efficiency rating.
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 a graduate assistant at BYU, coaching the wide receivers for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before moving to quarterbacks in 2004.
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 (13), K.J. (12) and Beau (10); and daughter Ireland (7).
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