What UCF's hiring of Josh Heupel means for the Huskers

Josh Heupel

In his first season, the Tigers were 13th in the county in total offense (500.5 yards per game).

The 39-year-old Heupel is practically the same age Frost was (40, nearly 41) when he was hired at UCF, along with the obvious parallel of both being successful, national title-winning collegiate quarterbacks.

Word began to surface that a new head coach would be announced at a team meeting on Tuesday morning. Most recently the coach was serving as offensive coordinator for Missouri.

This past season, under Heupel's tutelage, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock led the Southeastern Conference in passing, throwing for 3, 695 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The elevation to the head-coaching job of an unbeaten team is a rapid transformation for Heupel, 39, whose career not long ago seemed to be going in the wrong direction. "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", Heupel said in a news release. He was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma for four seasons. That paved the way for Lincoln Riley to become offensive coordinator, and later coach, in Norman. "I believe we've identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football".

The undefeated season ended with a national title against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, and Heupel finished as the runner-up for the Heisman trophy.

"His offensive system is very similar to what we've been running". He's no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams. Jason White also won the Heisman under Heupel's coaching. Randy Shannon, the Gators' defensive coordinator under Jim McElwain this season and the interim coach following McElwain's dismissal, has been hired as the Knights' defensive coordinator.

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