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Josh Heupel
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 27, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Josh Heupel, the 2000 Heisman Trophy runner up at Oklahoma, was hired as Arizona’s tight ends coach in January. He spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Oklahoma. His perspective of the passing game is expected to develop UA’s tight end position into a broader force in the attack.


Heupel helped coach the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship and the 2004 BCS title game in the Orange Bowl against Southern California. As a senior quarterback he led OU to a national championship victory over Florida State in the 2000 Orange Bowl. Heupel became OU’s first consensus All-America quarterback and the first Sooner QB to earn All-America honors since Jack Mildren in 1971.


Heupel was named Associated Press Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, The Sporting News Player of the Year, CBS Sports Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2000. The first-team all-conference selection guided OU to a school-record 13 wins and its seventh national championship.


Heupel ranks among the top passers in school history in yards, completions and touchdown passes despite playing just two seasons in Norman. He began his collegiate playing career at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and spent one season at Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah, before transferring to Oklahoma.


At OU he won 80 percent of his games, going 20-5 as the starting quarterback, and passed for 7,456 yards and 53 touchdowns. In 1999 alone he threw for a school-record 3,850 yards and 33 touchdowns in 12 games. That same season he established Oklahoma’s single-game passing record with 429 yards and five TDs against Louisville.


Drafted by Miami with the 14th pick in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL draft, he spent one season with the Dolphins, one with the Green Bay Packers and another in NFL Europe before returning to Oklahoma as an offensive graduate assistant in 2004.


Career Highlights


*              Helped coach Oklahoma Sooners to 2004 national championship game as graduate assistant

*              2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up, University of Oklahoma

*                Associated Press Player of the Year, 2000

*              Led Sooners to 2000 national championship over Florida State in Orange Bowl

*              OU’s first consensus All-America quarterback, and first Oklahoma QB since ’71 to earn All-America honors

*              Eighty percent winning percentage as OU quarterback of record, 20-5

*              Passed for 7,456 yards and 53 touchdowns in career

*              School-record 3,850 passing yards and 33 touchdowns in 12 games in 1999

*                Oklahoma career top 3 in passing yards, completions and touchdown passes

*              2001 NFL draft, sixth round, Miami Dolphins


Heupel’s Coaching History

2004                Oklahoma, graduate assistant


Heupel in Bowl Games

2004       Orange Bowl, Oklahoma graduate assistant

2001       Orange Bowl, Oklahoma quarterback, BCS title

1999       Independence Bowl, Oklahoma quarterback


The Heupel File

Arizona Tight Ends Coach

Birth date:                   March 22, 1978, Aberdeen, S.D.

High School:              Aberdeen Central, 1995

College:                      Oklahoma, 2001

Family:                        Single

Playing Experience:  Weber State, quarterback, 1997

                        Snow College, quarterback, 1998

                        Oklahoma , quarterback, 1999-200

                        Miami Dolphins 2001, Green Bay Packers 2002, NFLE 2003

Recruiting Areas:      Dallas-Forth Worth, central Texas,

                                     San Antonio, Houston




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