Multiple reports indicate Mike Yurcich, Ohio State’s current passing game coordinator and quarterback coach, will be named Texas’ offensive coordinator with the announcement expecting to come after this Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl where OSU faces off against Clemson.
Yurcich’s career arc has been unlikely, jumping from Shippensburg (Division II) to Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator from 2013-2018 when Mike Gundy hired Yurcich after his offense at Shippensburg set records for total offense, touchdowns, points, and first downs, averaging 529.2 yards per game, 387.7 passing yards, and 46.9 points.
During his time at Oklahoma State, Yurcich is credited for developing Oklahoma State’s “Air Raid” spread offense which ranked top 10 nationally in total offense his final two seasons. Yurcich was a two-time finalist for the Broyles Award at Oklahoma State, where the Cowboys averaged 478.3 yards and 38.0 points per game in six seasons. They also had four of their top 10 seasons in total offense under Yurcich, scoring 40 or more points 35 times in 76 games and at least 50 in 15 games. Putting these statistics up season after season helped earn Yurcich the reputation as one of the best offensive minds in the country.
In 2018, when Ryan Day took over as head coach of Ohio State after Urban Meyer “retired”, Day’s first move was to bring in Yurcich to help run the offense. Obviously, this move has been proven to be a successful one, as Ohio State has had one of the best offenses and quarterbacks in the country.
Developing quarterbacks has always been at the heart of Yurcich’s rise, which was on full display this season with Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields, who completed 67.5 passes for 2,953 yards with 40 throwing TDs and 10 rushing TDs, and just 1 interception.
Texas is now hoping Yurcich can bring his QB guru magic for Ehlinger’s final season. Not to mention, with two highly touted incoming freshman, Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson, this should give Yurcich plenty of talent to work with.