TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • WORLD | HELSINKI (AP) — Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

Josh Heupel Named UCF Head Football Coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: UCFKnights.com // Josh Heupel is the 11th head coach in the history of UCF Football. UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White announced the hire Tuesday morning.

Coach Heupel will be joined by White and President John C. Hitt at an introductory press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday In the Recruiting Lounge at Spectrum Stadium.

 

What The Decision Makers Are Saying

UCF Head Coach Josh Heupel: “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF. What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White. Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity. That vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I’m very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes.”

UCF VP/AD Danny White: “I’m thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF. I believe we’ve identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. His offensive system is very similar to what we’ve been running. I know he’s going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. He’s no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams. Coach Heupel is in coaching for the right reasons. He cares about his student-athletes and that’s one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach.”

President John C. Hitt: “Josh believes in recruiting and developing well-rounded student-athletes. That’s a perfect fit with UCF, the No. 1 public university in the nation for student-athlete academic success. Josh is an outstanding leader, competitor and winner. Looking at what his Missouri offense did this season, I can’t wait to see the scoreboard light up at Spectrum Stadium.”

 

Tiger Turnaround

Heupel comes to UCF after serving as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri for the past two seasons.

In 2015, prior to Heupel’s arrival, Missouri ranked 124th in the nation in total offense (280.9). In 2016, the Tigers led the Southeastern Conference and were ranked No. 13 in the nation, averaging 500.5 yards per game. In 2017, Mizzou is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in total offense, averaging 511.5 yards per game. The Tigers are currently No. 10 in the nation in scoring at 39.3 points per game.

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock blossomed under Heupel’s tutelage. Lock led the SEC in passing as a sophomore, throwing for 3,399 yards and 23 touchdowns. He followed that up with an even stronger junior campaign in 2017, passing for 3,695 yards and an SEC-record 43 touchdown tosses, with a bowl game left to play.

Heupel served as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Utah State in 2015. Despite the loss of their starting quarterback to injury, Heupel’s unit improved from 81stnationally to 60th in scoring offense.

 

Sooner Success

Heupel started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. He was on a coaching staff that took part in back-to-back national championship games following the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Heupel helped mentor Jason White to the Heisman Trophy in 2003.

He spent the 2005 season at Arizona before heading back to OU as a full-time assistant.

He returned to his alma mater for the 2006 season and coached the quarterbacks for five seasons. Heupel coached Sam Bradford to the Heisman Trophy, Davey O’Brien and Sammy Baugh Awards in 2008. Bradford led the nation in passing efficiency that season and the Sooners tallied an NCAA record five straight 60-point games.

Heupel was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2011 and served in that role for four seasons. His 2011 offense ranked fourth in the nation in total offense and passing offense. The 2012 unit ranked fifth in the nation in passing and 12th in total offense. In 2013, OU led the Big 12 in rushing and total offense. In his final season with OU, the Sooners led the nation in fewest sacks and led the Big 12 and ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, as well as finishing 20th in the nation in scoring and 23rd in total offense.

 

National Championship Playing Career

Heupel was a national-championship winning quarterback at Oklahoma. He was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2000 while leading the Sooners to a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl, sealing the national title for OU. In 2001, Heupel was the Associated Press Player of the Year, Walter Camp Award winner, Archie Grifin Award winner and a consensus All-America performer.

During his two seasons as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma, Heupel posted a 20-5 record. He passed for 7,456 yards and 53 touchdowns. Overall, he still ranks among OU’s top three quarterbacks in passing yards, completions and touchdown passes, despite playing just two seasons. He was a junior college All-America performer at Snow College in Utah in 1999, throwing for 2,308 yards and 28 TDs. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

 

Prominent Pupils

  • Drew Lock (Missouri) – SEC Single-Season Touchdown Passing Record, 43 (2017)
  • Landry Jones (Oklahoma) – 2010 Sammy Baugh Award Winner; Finished No. 3 in NCAA career passing yards, No. 5 NCAA career touchdown passes
  • Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) – 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner; No. 1 overall pick in 2010 NFL Draft
  • Jason White (Oklahoma) – 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner

 

Personal File

Heupel earned his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Oklahoma in 2001. He and his wife Dawn have two children – daughter Hannah and son Jace. Heupel is an Aberdeen, S.D. native.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for…

Reps. Soto, Demings, Murphy Announce $16 Million Grant for SunRail Phase 2 South Project

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Representatives Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings announced today the Central Florida Commuter…

Rep. Soto Statement on Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Congressman Darren Soto released the following statement following President Trump’s joint press…

Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

HELSINKI (AP) — Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Gov. Scott Announces Opening of Spiny Lobster Mini-Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the 2018 spiny lobster mini-season and encouraged families…

VIDEO: Andrew Gillum Endorsed by High Profile State Attorney Aramis Ayala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) — Florida's first elected African American State Attorney Aramis Ayala endorses…

State Attorney Aramis Ayala's Office Launches New Website

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - The Office of State Attorney Aramis Ayala (Ninth Judicial…

Senator Linda Stewart Requests Chief Inspector General Probe Of Flawed Concealed Weapons Permit Investigation

ORLANDO, Fla. – Alarmed by evidence of policy violations involving a probe into ineligible concealed weapons…

SPORTS NEWS

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Orlando City Knocked Out of U.S. Open Cup in Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. – Orlando City SC lost 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union in the 2018 Lamar Hunt…

Orlando City SC and Atlanta United FC Reinstate Supporter Groups’ Privileges

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando City SC has reinstated the Atlanta United FC organized supporter groups’ privileges at Orlando…

Milton, Hill Recognized Among Nations Top Players

ORLANDO, Fla – The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the 82nd annual Maxwell Award…

Orlando City Breaks Historic Losing Streak with 2-1 Win Against Toronto

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orlando City faced Toronto FC at Orlando City Stadium Saturday,…

Jaguars to open eight Training Camp practices to fans in 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today that the team’s 2018 training camp will feature…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Zignavisual Florida Announces Corporate Re-Branding, Changes Name to iUSE Photography

MIAMI, Fla. -- Zignavisual, a leading real estate photography company serving South Florida realtors since 2016, is relaunching with…

Banco do Brasil so impressed with Valencia Students that they give more money for Student Scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla.,   June 29, 2018  -  Banco do Brasil Americas will celebrate the 2018…

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

Comcast Challenges Disney with $65B Bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses,…

Facebook Says It's Removing Trending News Feature Next Week

SAN FRANCISCO (FNN NEWS) - Facebook announced Friday that it will remove its "Trending" section from…

VIDEO: Dunkin Donut Delivers Free Donuts on National Donut Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day. You still have…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

New Spooky Experiences Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There are more nights and new reasons to celebrate the…

George Clooney released after motorcycle crash in Italy

ROME (AP) — Actor George Clooney was taken to the hospital in Sardinia and released…

[VIDEO] R&B Greats Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat Crash MAJOR's Essence Festival Interview

NEW ORLEANS, La. (FNN NEWS) - The final night of the three-day sold-out 2018 Essence…

Oprah Winfrey tells Vogue that a 2020 presidential run would kill me

(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey is again dampening speculation that she may be planning to run for…

A Big New Way to Play Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Summer: Toy Story Land!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only…

Horror Classics – Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space – Come to Life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Two horror icons originating in the 1980s – Chucky and Killer Klowns from…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

New Spooky Experiences Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There are more nights and new reasons to celebrate the…

Oprah Winfrey tells Vogue that a 2020 presidential run would kill me

(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey is again dampening speculation that she may be planning to run for…

A Big New Way to Play Comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Summer: Toy Story Land!

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – It’s a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only…

Horror Classics – Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space – Come to Life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Two horror icons originating in the 1980s – Chucky and Killer Klowns from…

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

BREAKING NEWS: Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) - Gretchen Carlson, the board of trustees chair for the Miss…

GOLDEN TRAILER

ESSENCE MUSIC FEST

MISS AMERICA

ABFF FILM FESTIVAL

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS

DAYTONA 500

MISS UNIVERSE

WRITERS GUILD

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

TONY AWARDS