Josh Heupel

Joshua Kenneth Heupel (born March 22, 1978) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He was named to the job in December 2017, following the resignation of Scott Frost, who left for the head coaching job at Nebraska.[1] Heupel played college football as quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. During his college playing career, he was recognized as a consensus All-American, won numerous awards, and led Oklahoma to the 2000 BCS National Championship. After two years unsuccessfully trying to make an NFL roster (featuring brief stints with the Miami Dolphins and the Green Bay Packers), Heupel became a coach. He served as co-offensive coordinator for Oklahoma until January 6, 2015, when he was fired.[2] He was named the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach for the Utah State University (USU) Aggies on January 23, 2015.[3] After one season at USU, he was hired on Barry Odom's staff at the University of Missouri, where he was the offensive coordinator before being hired for his first head coaching position at UCF.

Josh Heupel
Josh Heupel (46088559552) (cropped)
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
BornMarch 22, 1978 (age 41)
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Playing career
1997Weber State
1998Snow College
2001Miami Dolphins
2002Green Bay Packers
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2004Oklahoma (GA)
2005Arizona (TE)
2006–2010Oklahoma (QB)
2011–2014Oklahoma (co-OC)
2015Utah State (AHC/OC/QB)
2016–2017Missouri (OC/QB)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 AAC (2018)
1 AAC East Division (2018)
Consensus All-American (2000)
AP Player of the Year (2000)
Walter Camp Award (2000)
Archie Griffin Award (2000)
Harley Award Winner (2000)
Quarterback of the Year (2000)

Early years

Heupel was born and raised in Aberdeen, South Dakota.[4] His mother, Cindy, was a high school principal, and his father, Ken, was a head football coach at Northern State University. As a child, Heupel watched game film with his father.[5]

He attended Central High School in Aberdeen, where he played high school football for the Central Golden Eagles. In the second half of the first game of his sophomore season in 1994, he became the Golden Eagles' quarterback in a scaled-down version of the run and shoot offense. As a senior, he was named South Dakota's player of the year. He got recruiting inquiries from major college football programs at the universities of Houston, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, but "it seemed I was always the second or third guy on their list," according to Heupel.[5]

College career

Heupel began his collegiate playing career at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He redshirted in 1996 and saw action in four games as a freshman in 1997, but he suffered an ACL injury during spring practice in 1998,[6] pushing him down the team's depth chart. He transferred to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he beat out Fred Salanoa as the team's starting quarterback. Heupel passed for 2,308 yards and 28 touchdowns, despite sharing playing time with Salanoa.[7] He later held a scholarship offer from Utah State, but committed to Oklahoma after meeting with Mike Leach, the Sooners' new offensive coordinator.

Heupel was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000. He was also an All-American, the AP Player of the Year, and a Walter Camp Award winner. Heupel led the Sooners to an undefeated season and a national championship with a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl.[8][9]

Professional career

Heupel was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.[10] Compromised by shoulder tendonitis of his throwing arm, he was relegated to fourth string for the entire preseason and failed to make the team.

He was then later signed by the Green Bay Packers in the early 2002 offseason, but was released a month before training camp. He did not pursue a career in professional football afterward.

Coaching career

Heupel spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant for Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops. In 2005, Heupel was hired as the tight ends coach at the University of Arizona by newly appointed head coach Mike Stoops, Bob's brother and an Oklahoma assistant coach during Heupel's playing days.[11]

Heupel became the quarterbacks coach for Oklahoma in 2006. In that capacity he coached Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2008.[12] On December 13, 2010, Bob Stoops named Heupel and Jay Norvell as co-offensive coordinators at Oklahoma, replacing Kevin Wilson, who had accepted the head coaching job at Indiana. Stoops said Heupel would be in charge of calling offensive plays during games.[13] Heupel was fired in January 2015 following an 8−5 season capped by a 40−6 loss to Clemson in 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.

Following his termination from Oklahoma, Heupel served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for one season each for the Utah State Aggies and Missouri Tigers, respectively.


He was named head coach of the UCF Knights on December 5, 2017, replacing the departing Scott Frost. Heupel led UCF to a 12-0 record (The Week 3 game against the North Carolina Tar Heels was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence) and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to LSU.

Coaching tree

Head coaches under whom Heupel has served:


Heupel and his wife, Dawn, have a son, Jace, and a daughter, Hannah.[14] His sister, Andrea Heupel, is married to former U.S. Representative Dan Boren.[15]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2018–present)
2018 UCF 12–1 8–0 1st (East) L Fiesta 12 11
2019 UCF 0–0 0–0
UCF: 12–1 8–0
Total: 12–1


  1. ^ "Hello Heupel - UCF". UCF Athletics (Press release). December 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Evans, Thayer. "Oklahoma fires OC Josh Heupel after four seasons". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Josh Heupel Named Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Utah State". Utah State Aggies Athletics. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  4. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Josh Heupel. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Austin Murphy, "Norman Conquerer," Sports Illustrated (December 25, 2000). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Josh Heupel author of the new era for OU". June 5, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Heupel's Odyssey Hardly Average". Orlando Sentinel. December 31, 2000. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Drehs, Wayne (September 16, 2002). "Heupel on biggest stage of his life". ESPN. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  9. ^ Dienhart, Tom (December 18, 2000). "Heupel deserved Heisman; QBs are favorites in 2001 - Josh Heupel - Brief Article". CNET Networks. Business Network. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2008.
  10. ^ "Josh Heupel : 2001 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  11. ^ "Heupel to Wildcats".
  12. ^ Matt Baker, "Heupel is happy to serve under Stoops on OU staff", Tulsa World, July 15, 2010.
  13. ^ John E. Hoover, "OU names co-offensive coordinators; Heupel will call plays", Tulsa World, December 13, 2010.
  14. ^ "School Bio: Josh Heupel". Sooner Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  15. ^ Tramel, Berry (December 12, 2012). "Oklahoma football: Should Josh Heupel have gone to Louisiana Tech?". Retrieved June 17, 2014.

External links

1999 Independence Bowl

The 1999 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Oklahoma Sooners.

1999 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1999 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Bob Davie and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

2000 Big 12 Championship Game

The 2000 Big 12 Football Championship Game was played on December 2, 2000 in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The game determined the 2000 football champion of the Big 12 Conference. The Oklahoma Sooners, winners of the South division of the Big 12, narrowly beat the Kansas State Wildcats, who won the North division, by a score of 27-24. This was the first time the two teams met in the Big 12 Championship Game, as they would meet again in the 2003 edition.

The Wildcats were coached by Bill Snyder. They came into the game with at 10-2 record, including a 6-2 record in Big 12 play. The Sooners were coached by Bob Stoops, in just his second year at the helm after serving as defensive coordinator at Florida (1996-98) and Kansas State (1991-95). Oklahoma came into the game with an 11-0 record including an 8-0 mark in conference play.

2000 NCAA Division I-A football season

The 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the Oklahoma Sooners claiming their first national championship and their first conference championship since the departure of head coach Barry Switzer.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was in his second season as head coach, having been the defensive coordinator of Steve Spurrier's 1996 National Champion Florida Gators, and also having helped Bill Snyder turn the Kansas State Wildcats around in the early 1990s. Stoops erased a three-game losing streak against rival Texas by a score of 63–14, one of the worst defeats in Texas' football history. Despite the lopsided victory, this game marked a return of the Red River Shootout to a rivalry game with national title implications.

The BCS title game was not without controversy, as the system shut fourth-ranked Washington out of the championship game, despite being the only team who had beaten each #2 Miami and #5 Oregon State and having the same 10-1 record as #3 Florida State during the regular season. 10–1 Miami, who handed #3 Florida State their only loss, was ranked higher in both the AP Writers' Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and had the same record as the Seminoles, was also seen as a possible title contender.

Virginia Tech also was left out of the BCS bowls, despite being ranked higher than one of the at-large teams, Notre Dame.

The South Carolina Gamecocks broke a 21-game losing streak, stretching back into 1998, to go 8–4 including a win over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl.

Two new bowl games began in the 2000 season: the Silicon Valley Bowl, which had a contractual tie-in with the WAC, and the Bowl.

2000 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 2000 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season, the 106th season of Sooner football. The team was led by Bob Stoops in his second season as head coach. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. During this season, they competed in the Big 12 Conference.

The Sooners opened the season ranked #19, the first time they had made it into a pre-season poll in five years. Conference play began with a win over the Kansas Jayhawks at home on September 30, and ended with a win over the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big 12 Championship Game on December 2. The Sooners finished the regular season 12–0 (9–0 in Big 12, including conference championship game), while winning their first Big 12 title and their 37th conference title overall. They were invited to the 2001 Orange Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game that year, where they beat the Florida State Seminoles by a score of 13-2. This is Oklahoma's seventh claimed and most recent national championship.

Following the season, Torrance Marshall was selected in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft, along with Josh Heupel in the sixth.

2017 Missouri Tigers football team

The 2017 Missouri Tigers football team represented the University of Missouri in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers played their home games at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by second-year head coach Barry Odom. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for third place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Texas Bowl where they lost to Texas.

On November 24, quarterback Drew Lock broke the SEC passing record for touchdowns in a season with 43, in a 48–45 win over Arkansas.

2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game was an NCAA Division I college football conference championship game for the American Athletic Conference (AAC) played on December 1, 2018. It was the 4th American Athletic Conference Championship, and was played at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

2018 UCF Knights football team

The 2018 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida (UCF) during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida, and were led by first-year head coach Josh Heupel. The Knights competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. The 2018 season marked the 40th season of football for the Knights program.

The 2018 campaign began with the Knights attempting to defend their AAC championship, as well as extend the nation's longest active winning streak, which stood at 13 games. For the first time in program history, the Knights were ranked in both the preseason AP Poll (#21) and preseason Coaches Poll (#23). By week 12, the team had elevated into the top ten of the AP, Coaches, and CFP ranking, the first time they had been ranked in the top ten in all three during the regular season.

After winning their first twelve games of the season, UCF extended their school record winning streak to 25 consecutive games, dating back to the start of the 2017 season. The Knights also secured their second-consecutive undefeated regular season, and second-consecutive American Athletic Conference title by defeating Memphis in the 2018 AAC Championship Game. They were invited to their third NY6/BCS bowl in school history, the Fiesta Bowl, where their winning streak finally came to a close when they were defeated by LSU, 32–40.

2019 UCF Knights football team

The 2019 UCF Knights football team will represent the University of Central Florida (UCF) during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Knights will be led by second-year head coach Josh Heupel and will play their home games at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. They will compete as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

Alan Gooch

Alan Gooch is an American former college football coach and sports executive. He is the executive director of the Orlando Sports Foundation. Gooch served as the interim head football coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for two games in 2003. Following the dismissal of Mike Kruczek, Gooch coached the final two games of the 2003 season, against Marshall and the Miami RedHawks. He previously served as the assistant head coach, from 1998 to 2003. While the assistant head coach, he had future-Auburn head coach Gene Chizik on his staff from 1998 to 2001.

Big 12 Conference football individual awards

Coaches of the Big 12 Conference bestow the following individual awards at the end of each football season.

Boren family

The Boren family is a prominent American political family from Oklahoma. The family has been described as "Democratic party royalty in Oklahoma" and "a mainstay of Oklahoma and national politics."The family is one of the most notable in Oklahoma, producing Democratic politicians including Lyle Boren (1909–1992), U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 4th district from 1937 to 1947, his son David Boren (born 1941), Governor of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1979, U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1994, and current President of the University of Oklahoma since 1994, his grandson Dan Boren (born 1973), a Blue Dog who was the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 2nd district from 2005 to 2013, and his nephew Jim Boren who was political operative, humorist, and author.

Lyle Boren's sister was Mae Boren Axton, a notable composer who worked with Elvis Presley, Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Tillotson, and Blake Shelton and the mother of folk singer and actor Hoyt Axton. Janna Ryan, wife of the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee and former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, is niece by marriage of David Boren. In addition, Dan Boren's wife, Andrea, is the sister of the former quarterback of the University of Oklahoma, Josh Heupel, who won the national championship with the team in 2000.

Gene McDowell

Gene McDowell (born July 4, 1940) is a retired American college football coach. He was the head coach of the UCF Knights (1985–1997).

List of Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterbacks

This is a list of the starting quarterbacks for the Oklahoma Sooners football teams since 1950.

List of UCF Knights football seasons

The UCF Knights college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Central Florida in the American Athletic Conference. Since the program's first season in 1979 under Don Jonas, the Knights have played over 465 regular-season games, earning 256 official victories. UCF has won six division championships (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018), six conference championships (2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), and has made ten postseason appearances since joining FBS, including three BCS/NY6 bowl games. The Knights also claim a National Championship for the 2017 season, as recognized by the Colley Matrix. The Knights current head coach is Josh Heupel. The Knights have played their home games at Spectrum Stadium located on the main campus of UCF in Orlando, Florida since 2007.

UCF began as a Division III program, and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I-A, now known as the Division I Football Subdivision (FBS), in 1996. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs.After George O'Leary took over the program, the Knights gained national prominence as members of C-USA and later the AAC. O'Leary guided UCF to their first division title (2005), first conference championship (2007), first bowl game (2005), first bowl victory (2010), first appearance/victory in a New Year's Six game (2014), first national rankings,, and numerous other milestones and superlatives.

The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls; other historic rivals include East Carolina and Marshall. UCF has played one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and produced three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper in 1998, Kevin Smith in 2007, and McKenzie Milton in 2017 and 2018. The program has also produced a long-line of NFL players. Playing in fourteen Super Bowls and including four pro-bowlers, the list most notably includes Blake Bortles, Brandon Marshall, Bruce Miller, Daunte Culpepper, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Josh Sitton.

Matt Wells (American football coach)

Matthew Scribner Wells (born August 10, 1973) is an American college football coach and former college football player. He is currently head coach at Texas Tech University. Wells previously served as the offensive coordinator and then head coach at Utah State University, where he was named Mountain West conference coach of the year in 2013 and again in 2018. He was named head coach of Texas Tech on November 29, 2018.

Oklahoma Sooners football statistical leaders

The Oklahoma Sooners football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Oklahoma Sooners football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Sooners represent the University of Oklahoma in the NCAA's Big 12 Conference.

Although Oklahoma began competing in intercollegiate football in 1895, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Sooners have played in a bowl game every year since then, giving players since 2002 an additional game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Sooners have played in the Big 12 Championship Game 10 times since 2000.

The Sooners eclipsed 5,000 total offensive yards as a team all but twice (for a total of 16 times) during the tenure of Bob Stoops as head coach from 1999 to 2016, and did so again during the first two seasons of current head coach Lincoln Riley in 2017 and 2018. Oklahoma had only done this eight times before Stoops' arrival. In addition, the 2017 and 2018 seasons marked the 11th and 12th times the Sooners accumulated over 6,000 yards, with the other 10 times occurring during Stoops' tenure as head coach. The team had never accomplished this feat before Stoops took over.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Touchdown Club of Columbus

The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956 by Sam B. Nicola at the request of state auditor James A. Rhodes, who later became governor of the state. Nicola served as the club's president until his death in 1993. More than a decade later, his son Sam Nicola Jr. took over the Touchdown Club.

UCF Knights football

The UCF Knights football team represents The University of Central Florida (UCF) in the sport of American football. The Knights compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the East Division of the American Athletic Conference (The American). Their current head coach is Josh Heupel, formerly a player and coach at Oklahoma and offensive coordinator at Missouri. The Knights play their home games at the 44,206-seat Spectrum Stadium, which is located on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida, United States.

UCF first fielded a varsity football team in the fall of 1979 as a NCAA Division III program and subsequently completed their ascension to Division I–A, now known as the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), in 1996, becoming the only program in NCAA history to have played in all four divisions of football. As a Division I–AA program, the Knights made the 1990 and 1993 playoffs, and were picked as the preseason No. 1 team to start the 1994 season.As of the 2017 regular season, UCF has 243 victories, has won six division championships and six conference championships, and an undefeated season in 2017. The Knights have a national championship for the 2017 season despite being excluded from that season's College Football Playoff.The Knights have made nine postseason appearances since joining the FBS, including winning two major bowls: the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and the 2018 Peach Bowl. The program has produced one Consensus All-American, Kevin Smith in 2007, and three Heisman Trophy candidates, Daunte Culpepper (QB) in 1998, Kevin Smith (RB) in 2007, and McKenzie Milton (QB) in 2017. UCF has produced a long line of accomplished NFL players, including Blake Bortles, A.J. Bouye, Kemal Ishmael, Brandon Marshall, Matt Prater, Asante Samuel, and Mike Sims-Walker. UCF has had four first-round picks in the NFL Draft, players in fourteen Super Bowls, and seven pro-bowlers. The Knights' main rivals are the South Florida Bulls.

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