USU football: Kevin McGiven named Utah State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 5:35 p.m. MST

Kevin McGiven, who helped Montana State to an 11-2 record and its third-straight Big Sky Conference Championship in 2012, has been named Utah State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, it was announced Friday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells.

This will be McGiven’s second coaching stint at Utah State as he spent the 2009 season as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Aggies under Gary Andersen.

“Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Utah State and we are excited to have the McGiven family join our Aggie football family,” Wells said. “Kevin’s offense at Montana State was very successful and nationally ranked in several categories, and we will work closely to put together an exciting and productive Aggie offense for many seasons to come.”

Prior to serving as Montana State’s offensive coordinator during the 2012 season, McGiven spent two years as the assistant head coach of offense and quarterbacks coach at Memphis (2010-11) and one year as an assistant head coach working with the quarterbacks at Utah State (2009). McGiven also spent three years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Weber State (2006-08) and one year in the same capacity at Southern Utah (2005). McGiven began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at BYU (2002-04).

“I’m very grateful to coach Wells for giving me the opportunity to come back to Utah State,” McGiven said. “In the dealings that I have had with him I think he is the right head coach to lead Utah State into the future and I thank him for trusting me to help transition the Aggies into a new conference and hopefully continue the offensive success they have had.

“The coaching profession doesn’t always allow you to stay home and it’s a unique experience for me and my family to come back to the state we call home and a place we are comfortable with. I strongly believe that Utah State is a special place with outstanding support and an unbelievable fan base and I’m excited to be a part of it and get to work,” added McGiven.

During this past season at Montana State, the Bobcats finished 20th in the nation at the Football Championship Subdivision level in scoring offense (33.46 ppg), 28th in passing efficiency (140.52), 29th in total offense (415.38 ypg), 29th in passing offense (246.23 ypg), and 41st in rushing offense (169.15 ypg).

Highlighting Montana State’s offense in 2012 under McGiven’s guidance was junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee who earned Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second time and was named to the American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America Team after ranking 18th nationally in total offense (271.85 ypg), 25th in passing (242.62 ypg) and 28th in passing efficiency (140.63).

Under McGiven, Montana State had six offensive players earn various all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012, including two first-team selections.

Prior to his stint at Montana State, McGiven spent two years at Memphis (2010-11) helping true freshman quarterback Ryan Williams became the ninth Tiger in school history to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.

As assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Utah State in 2009, McGiven helped guide an Aggie offense that ranked 35th nationally and fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in passing with an average of 246.8 yards per game. Utah State also improved from 89th nationally in total offense in 2008 to 14th in 2009, averaging 439.3 yards per game. McGiven was instrumental in quarterback Diondre Borel's success as he led the WAC and ranked 16th nationally in total offense (278.58 ypg). Borel, an All-WAC honoree, also ranked 35th nationally in pass efficiency (137.83) and logged five games of 300 or more yards passing in 2009 en route to setting the then single-season school record for total offense with 3,343 yards.

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