Johnny Manziel and Kevin Sumlin have their new quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator in 27-year-old Jake Spavital. Spavital coached the quarterbacks for Dana Holgerson’s Mountaineers the past two seasons.
Spavital will serve as co-offensive coordinator alongside former Aggies’ running back coach Clarence McKinney, who called the plays in Texas A&M’s route of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl 41-13. McKinney only set Cotton Bowl records in his first outing with 633 yards of total offense, with Manziel accounting for 516 of them. Not too bad.
Spavital worked with Sumlin in 2009 at Houston as the offensive graduate assistant. Geno Smith had two pretty good seasons for WVU under Spavital, I’d say, throwing for more than 8,500 yards and 73 touchdowns. So, the resume is quite strong and familiar to Sumlin and was an easy decision for the direction and transition of the offense.
Spavital could be the next Sumlin assistant on the fast track to becoming a hotshot young head coach like his predecessor Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury, 33, became the youngest head coach in the FBS at Texas Tech.
And just maybe someone can talk Spavital into donning the Oakley Frogskin sunglasses on the sidelines.
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