ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven has been named FootballScoop’s 2014 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year it was announced Friday.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards, presented by ProGrass, are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Dave Baldwin [Colorado State], Sonny Cumbie [TCU], Tom Herman [Ohio State] and McGiven) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.
McGiven is in his second season as Utah State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and also spent the 2009 season as the Aggies’ quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. A native of Orem, Utah, McGiven played at Eastern Arizona Junior College and Louisiana Tech. He broke into coaching as a student assistant at Louisiana Tech and has previously coached at Mountain View (Provo, Utah) High School, Southern Utah, Weber State, Memphis and Montana State.
“Kevin’s done an incredible job organizing our offense and keeping us on track,” said Utah State head coach Matt Wells. “Our offense has been seamless from quarterback to quarterback, and that’s because Kevin does a great job relating to our quarterbacks and what each player needs to prepare.”
During the 2014 season, Utah State has lost three different starting quarterbacks (Chuckie Keeton, Darell Garretson and Craig Harrison) to season-ending injuries and started true freshman Kent Myers the last six games of the season.
In the end, four different quarterbacks piloted the Aggies to a 9-4 record while combining to complete 238-of-377 passes (63.1 percent) for 2,714 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while rushing 88 times for 379 yards and seven touchdowns.
Previous winners of the Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award are Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2008), Tom Rossley (Texas A&M, 2009), Philip Montgomery (Baylor, 2011) Mark Helfrich (Oregon, 2010 and 2012) and Randy Sanders (Florida State, 2013).
Utah State (9-4, 6-2 MW) will conclude its 2014 season against UTEP (7-5, 5-3 CUSA) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 12:20 pm (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 2-0 all-time against the Miners with the last meeting between the two teams occurring in 1961.
Utah State is playing in its fourth-straight bowl game and has won each of its last two bowl games, both of which are school records. With a victory against UTEP, USU will win 10 games for just the second time in school history joining the 2012 Western Athletic Conference and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl championship team that went 11-2.
Tickets for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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