OU names Josh Heupel, Jay Norvell co-offensive coordinators

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: December 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm •  Published: December 13, 2010

NORMAN — If Josh Heupel turns out to be as prolific calling plays as he's been coaching quarterbacks, Oklahoma could be in for some special offensive seasons.

Monday, coach Bob Stoops announced that Heupel and wide receivers coach/assistant offensive coordinator Jay Norvell would be promoted to co-offensive coordinators.

But Heupel will call the plays, beginning with the Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut.

Former offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who last week took the head coaching job at Indiana, will remain with the Sooners through the bowl game, but only coaching tight ends and fullbacks.

“As has always been the case, our entire offensive staff will work together in game planning, but there needs to be one coach who calls the plays and Josh will have that responsibility,” Stoops, who's on the road recruiting, said in a statement. “Josh has a good feel for the game and rhythm that we've been able to establish.

Since returning to the school he quarterbacked to the 2000 national championship, Heupel, 32, has helped make the quarterback position a powerhouse for the Sooners. He's worked with three different starters over five seasons, and all three led their teams to a Big 12 Championship.

This season under Heupel's tutelage, sophomore Landry Jones was second in the nation with 4,289 passing yards and third with 35 touchdown passes.

In 2008, Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy while leading OU to the national title, and is now the front-runner to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after being the No. 1 pick of the St. Louis Rams.

“I learned a lot about the game of football and how to approach playing the position, which I learned from coach Heupel,” Bradford told The Oklahoman in the last week. “A lot of the things that I learned from him have definitely helped me making the transition to the NFL.”

Heupel's best year as the Sooners' quarterbacks coach, however, may still be his first.

Weeks before the 2006 season opener, OU had to scramble to find a quarterback after incumbent starter Rhett Bomar was booted off the team for NCAA rules violations. Blog: Stoops out recruiting More Fiesta Bowl coverage

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