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Steve Spurrier
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 08, 2004
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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First Year at Arizona

11 Years in Coaching

?* In 2003 Spurrier coached Laveranues Coles of the Washington Redskins to an 82-catch, 1,204-yard season and a Pro Bowl appearance, and also had Rod Gardner catch 59 passes for 600 yards. Gardner had 71 receptions for 1,006 yards in 2002 to lead the Redskins.

?* Part of Bob Stoops’ rebuilding project at Oklahoma. The Sooners were 7-5 in Stoops’ first year, won the national championship with a 13-0 mark in 2000 and went 11-2 in 2001 in Spurrier’s three seasons.

?* Coached wide receiver Josh Norman, a team captain, who tied the school record with 11 catches against Texas Tech in 2001, and tied then freshman Mark Clayton with 45 receptions, the sixth-most in school history.

?* At Florida, Spurrier was on the staff of the 1996 national championship team that beat Florida State, 52-20, in the Sugar Bowl and finished 12-1.

?* Part of Florida Gators coaching staff that led the program to a 54-7-1 record during the five years he was in Gainesville.

?* OU Wide Receivers Statistics (1999-2001):

Year     Name                            Rec.             Yds.            TD

1999     Jarrail Jackson (Sr.)         54               659               7

1999     Brandon Daniels (Sr.)      56                681               4

2000     Curtis Fagan (So.)          41                606               7

2000     Andre Woolfork (So.)      42                614               5

2001     Josh Norman (Sr.)          52                479               2

2001     Mark Clayton (Fr.)          46                524               3

99-01    Antwone Savage (Fr-Jr) 122               1,571             9


Mike Stoops dipped into another well-known coaching family to fill a late spring vacancy on the offensive staff, bringing in Steve Spurrier Jr. to coach tight ends.

Spurrier should add some more dynamics to Arizona’s offensive philosophies in 2004.

Spurrier, wide receivers coach for the Washington Redskins the last two seasons and a former assistant at Oklahoma and Florida, was hired in early May and rejoined his former colleague from Oklahoma.

Spurrier filled a vacancy created when guards and centers coach John Peterson left during spring practice to join the staff at his alma mater, Ohio State. Eric Wolford, who coached tackles and tight ends initially, and then took over the line unit after Peterson’s departure, will be the offensive line coach.

Spurrier, 33, began his coaching career under his father, Steve Sr., working as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida from 1994 to 1997.

He was elevated to special teams-offense coach for a year, and he then coached receivers at Oklahoma under Stoops’ brother, Bob, for three seasons from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, he joined the elder Spurrier on the Redskins’ staff as receivers coach.

Spurrier played collegiately at Duke from 1990-94 and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the institution in 1994. He later earned a master’s degree at Florida in 1996.

Spurrier’s Coaching history

1994   Florida, Offensive graduate assistant

1995   Florida, Offensive graduate assistant

1996   Florida, Offensive graduate assistant

1997   Florida, Football Video assistant

1998   Florida, Special Teams-Offense coach

1999   Oklahoma, Wide Receivers Coach

2000   Oklahoma, Wide Receivers Coach

2001   Oklahoma, Wide Receivers Coach

2002   Washington Redskins, Wide Receivers

2003   Washington Redskins, Wide Receivers

Spurrier In Bowl GAMES

1994     Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, UF graduate assistant

1995     Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, UF graduate assistant

1996     Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, UF graduate assistant

1997     Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, UF video assistant

1998     Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, UF Special teams-off. coach

1999     Independence Bowl, Shreveport, OU receivers coach

2000     Orange Bowl, Miami, OU receivers coach

2001     Cotton Bowl, Dallas, OU receivers coach

The Spurrier File

Birthdate:                  Sept. 26, 1971, Palo Alto, Calif.

High School:              Northern, Durham, N.C., 1990

College:                     Duke University, 1994

Advanced Degree:       Master’s, University of Florida ?'96

Playing Experience:    Wide Receiver, Duke 1992-93

Family:                      Wife, the former Melissa Beauchamp; sons Luke and Gavin; daughter Emmaline

Recruiting Areas:        San Francisco Bay Area, North Carolina, El Paso, Arizona, New Mexico

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