With nine total seasons on Leach- and Holgorsen-led staffs, Bedenbaugh possesses intricate knowledge of the spread offense.
But that stems not from those years alone; he coached Texas Tech running backs one season, and also spent time working with slot receivers, Rader said.
“He knows the entire system,” Rader said.
Bedenbaugh, too, has developed a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, responsible for handling many of the Mountaineers’ top prospects at all positions. He was named one of the nation’s top 50 recruiters by 247Sports.com just after last week’s national signing day.
Bedenbaugh has Oklahoma ties; in 1995, he began his college coaching career at Panhandle State in Goodwell, and his wife, Marydee, is an Oklahoma State graduate. Her parents still live in Tahlequah.
At Oklahoma, Bedenbaugh inherits a line that labored through several devastating injuries in 2012. Two senior starters — Ben Habern and Tyler Evans — were lost for the season before it began. Young, promising reserve guard Nila Kasitati tore his ACL in the Sooners’ fourth game of the season, a win at Texas Tech.
On top of all that, starting guards Bronson Irwin and Adam Shead fought through various injuries all season.
Next season, the Sooner line returns lots of experience. Evans received a medical redshirt to return for one more season.
Irwin, Shead and starting center Gabe Ikard will return as well, along with experienced tackles Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams.
Before his first season at West Virginia, the Times West Virginian asked Bedenbaugh what kind of offensive line he hoped to create.
“Mean, nasty,” Bedenbaugh responded. “That’s the biggest thing.
“If you’re a tough kid you can overcome a bunch of weaknesses you have in this game — not being as good of an athlete, not being as good technically. If you’re tough, you can overcome that. That’s what I expect these guys to be.”