One of the attractive features of Texas' offensive coordinator opening was the rostered players and committed prospects at the quarterback position. Sam Ehlinger is set to challenge school records during his senior season. Casey Thompson has two years of backup experience and three years left to play. Highly touted prospects Hudson Card and Ja'Quinden Jackson recently ended their accomplished high school careers.
January 2, 2019 was Ryan Day’s first official day as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The first move he made as head coach was to elevate former Buckeye Brian Hartline to permanent wide receivers coach. The second move was to hire Mike Yurcich from Oklahoma State.
Tom Herman’s biggest decision this offseason was deciding what steps to take on offense. Was he going to overhaul the approach with a hire like Graham Harrell? Tweak things with another power-spread assistant such as Rhett Lashlee? He basically split the difference between those two options when he poached Mike Yurcich from Ohio State.
Several key steps remain for Texas before it can call itself a national contender. Before thoughts of making the College Football Playoff are entertained, Tom Herman’s program must first win the Big 12. Before that can take place, simply beating scrappy teams on the cusp of bowl eligibility must consistently happen.
Following a 6-6 regular season in 2017 marked by subpar offensive line play, multiple quarterbacks, and inconsistent offensive results, Texas head coach Tom Herman elected to take play-calling duties from then offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
Yurcich has been the OC/QB coach (or passing game coordinator) at three stops now in his still young offensive career. He took off at Shippensburg down in Division II from whence Mike Gundy plucked him to be the offensive coordinator for the Pokes. Last year Yurcich left Stillwater after six very strong seasons there and took the job of "QB coach and passing game coordinator" at Ohio State.