Missouri has hired former Utah State offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced Thursday.
Heupel ran Utah State’s offense for one season before taking the Missouri job. The Aggies finished 6-6 this season and finished 60th scoring offense nationally, averaging of 29.7 points per game. Heupel utilized a spread scheme that finished as 70th rushing offense and 88th passing offense in the nation this season. The Aggies managed to be relatively productive offensively after losing starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton to a knee injury early in the season.
Missouri head coach Barry Odom expressed his excitement about bringing Heupel onto his first coaching staff.
“I’m really pleased to have someone the caliber of Josh Heupel join our staff,” said Odom in a press release. “I’ve known him for a long time and have always respected him highly, as a player, a coach, a recruiter and a coordinator. I’ve been impressed by the offenses that he runs, they’re very difficult to defend, and his achievements speak for themselves,” Odom said in a press release.
Heupel, a former quarterback at Oklahoma, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, but did not play a snap in the pros. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 2004 before a brief stint as Arizona’s tight ends coach in 2005. Heupel returned to Oklahoma as the quarterbacks coach from 2006-10 and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2011.
Odom will hope Heupel can help turnaround Missouri’s poor 2015 offense. The Tigers finished with the second-to-last scoring offense in the nation this season with a measly average of 13.6 points per game. Mizzou also finished 120th in rushing offense and 114th in passing offense nationally. Heupel will start at Missouri after coaching the Aggies in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22.
Heupel said he was impressed by what Missouri has done, but believes he can help take the program to new heights.
“I believe this is a special place that has just scratched the surface of what it can be, and it’s a program that is capable of winning championships on a consistent basis,” Heupel said in a release. “I want to be part of that. I think it’s a great time to be at Mizzou, and I’m excited to get there and to go to work.”