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Oklahoma State football: Mike Yurcich's former QB has no doubts he'll succeed in Stillwater

Trevor Harris, who now plays for the Toronto Argonauts, was a redshirt freshman at Edinboro University when Mike Yurcich took over as the offensive coordinator. When all was said and done, Harris had rewritten the record books at Edinboro.
by Jenni Carlson Published: February 8, 2013

That should be music to a lot of ears among the Cowboy faithful. OSU has three tested and talented quarterbacks already on campus. Yurcich sounds like a guy who can develop those guys much like Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken before him.

Although the way he does will be different from his predecessors.

Where Holgorsen was known to draw up schemes on a napkin and Monken was liable to say whatever popped in his head, Yurcich doesn't sound nearly as unconventional.

Harris calls him intense in practice.

“He's still got those young legs,” Harris said of the 37-year-old coach. “He's out there giving read keys. He's out there making sure everybody's locked into the game plan.

“But on game day ... he's never too high, never too low.”

Harris would get on the headset with Yurcich during games, and the way the coach talked to his quarterback was always consistent. Same tones. Same messages.

“You wouldn't be able to tell if we were up 30, down 30 or tied,” Harris said.

Harris and Yurcich built a close bond at Edinboro, and even as they've gone their separate ways, they have remained close. Harris is excited to see his former coach and football mentor get a chance to coach big-time college football.

But surprised?

Harris isn't the least bit shocked that Yurcich is making the move.

“To make the jump from Division II to Division I, you have to do something pretty special, and he's done something pretty special at his two stops,” Harris said. “He's had nothing but success. He's a successful person. He's a successful football coach.

“He's going to do a great job at Oklahoma State.”

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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