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

Prior to the 2009 campaign, McGiven was Weber State's offensive coordinator for three seasons, helping the Wildcats to a share of the Big Sky Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2008, where they lost at No. 5 Montana. Weber State finished the season with a 10-4 record, marking only the second time in school history that WSU had won 10 games in a single season.

Weber State improved from fifth in the Big Sky in 2007 in total offense to leading the league and ranking seventh in the FCS in 2008 with 455.4 yards per game. The McGiven-led Wildcat offense also led the conference and ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring offense at 35.1 points per game in 2008. McGiven's offense was also second in the conference and fifth in the FCS in passing offense (324.3 ypg), and fifth in the league and 70th in the nation in rushing offense (131.0 ypg).

Under McGiven, Weber State had seven players earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2008, part of a Big Sky Conference record 12 players on the first team overall. Quarterback Cameron Higgins was not only a first team selection but also the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Higgins was a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top offensive player in FCS. Higgins led the Big Sky and ranked third in FCS in passing efficiency (166.26), as well as leading the league and ranking fourth in FCS in total offense (314.3 ypg).

In 2007, McGiven mentored Higgins into a season of accolades, including the 2007 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year along with being an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection. Higgins ranked second in the league with a 143.20 passing efficiency rating.

McGiven joined the Weber State coaching staff in 2006 after one season at Southern Utah, where he was the Thunderbirds' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2005, Southern Utah ranked second in the Great West Conference in passing offense.

McGiven began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at BYU, coaching the wide receivers for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before moving to quarterbacks in 2004.

McGiven grew up in Orem, Utah, and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1995. He played one season at Eastern Arizona Junior College and later played wide receiver at Louisiana Tech, before finishing his bachelor's degree in business from Utah Valley University in 2001.

He and his wife Lindsay have four children: sons Peyton (13), K.J. (11) and Beau (9); and daughter, Ireland (7).

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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