A&M hires Spavital as co-OC
Posted by Greg Tepper on 11 January 2013 | 0 comments
Greg Tepper on Texas A&M's hiring of Jake Spavital as co-offensive coordinator.
If there’s one thing we know around here at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, it’s that it is never, ever boring.
Case in point: just a day after the announcement that Mike Jinks would be leaving Cibolo Steele to become Texas Tech’s new running backs coach, Texas A&M made a move to replace Jinks’ new boss.
The Aggies have hired West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital as the team’s quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator, replacing Kliff Kingsbury, who left to take the head coaching job at Texas Tech.
The 27-year-old Spavital – yes, he’s 27, even younger than Kingsbury – will team up with running backs coach Clarence McKinney as co-offensive coordinators. You may remember that McKinney called the plays for A&M’s romp over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Who is Jake Spavital? I’m so glad you asked.
Spavital is a Tulsa-area guy who starred at the prestigious Tulsa Union High School before playing quarterback for Missouri State in 2007. A couple years later, in 2009, Spavital was hired as a graduate assistant at Houston for then-offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen under head coach Kevin Sumlin. The next year, when Holgorsen moved to the OC job at Oklahoma State, Spavital followed him as a graduate assistant. A year after that, in 2011, when Holgorsen took the head coaching job at West Virginia – you guessed it – Spavital followed Holgorsen, this time becoming WVU’s quarterbacks coach.
For the “too long, didn’t read” crowd: think of Spavital as Dana Holgorsen’s protégé.
Spavital has had tremendous success coaching Geno Smith at West Virginia, finishing fourth in the nation with 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns passing in 2011, and fifth this year with 4,198 yards and 42 touchdowns. Now, he gets to work with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
There’s a lot of questions here – specifically how Spavital and McKinney will interact and work together as co-offensive coordinators – but this much is clear:
A&M lost a bright young offensive mind when Kingsbury bolted for Texas Tech, but the Aggies replaced him with a bright, even younger offensive mind in Spavital.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.