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Sports Spotlight: Mike Yurcich brings his offensive firepower schemes from Oklahoma State to Ohio State; new QB and Passing Game Coordinator


Mike Yurcich talks to the media about the progression of Justin Fields as QB ( photo)


Mike Yurcich OSU Passing game coordinator QB’s coach 9 2019

The new QB’s coach and Passing Game Coordinator, Mike Yurcich is an Ohio native, having been born in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid.

He has spent 20 years in college football at Indiana U, St. Francis (IN), Edinboro U, Shippensburg State and Oklahoma State.

He became well-known at Oklahoma State as Mike Gundy’s offensive coordinator from 2013-2018. He received two nominations for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Oklahoma State experienced one of its great offensive eras under Yurcich, with the program averaging 38.0 points per game and 478.3 yards per game throughout his six-year run. The Cowboys scored 40 or more points 35 times (in 76 games) and put up 50 or more points 15 times.

Oklahoma State produced four of the school’s top 10 seasons in total offense under Yurcich. As a result: the Cowboys were 52-24 during this time with four 10-win seasons and four bowl game victories. Twice the Cowboys appeared in a New Year’s Six game: the 2016 Sugar Bowl and the 2014 Cotton Bowl.

Entering the 2018 bowl season, Oklahoma State’s offense ranked in the top 15 nationally in scoring, total offense, passing offense and first downs. The Cowboys also ranked second in the Big 12 in rushing offense, rushing touchdowns and yards per carry. Leading the way was walk-on quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who Yurcich developed into a top-10 ranked player nationally in passing yards, touchdowns, total offense and points responsible for.

The 2017 Oklahoma State offense was arguably the best in school history, featuring a 4,000-yard passer (Mason Rudolph), two 1,000-yard receivers (James Washington and Marcell Ateman) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Justice Hill). The Cowboy offense led the nation in passing (389.2 yards per game), was second in total offense (568.9) and ranked fourth in scoring (45.0). Rudolph was the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as college football’s best quarterback and Washington won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s outstanding receiver.

Over Yurcich’s six years at Oklahoma State, the program ranked fifth nationally in passing yards per game (315.9), 11th in touchdown passes (179), seventh in total yards (478.6) and sixth in scoring (38.0).

He talks about the progress of the QB’s, WR’s RB’s for the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes in this 9:18 presser.


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