Today’s Topic: What Did Ryan Day Like About Mike Yurcich?
When Ryan Day had to go and find the next Ryan Day to replace himself as quarterbacks coach, he went and looked at the nation’s best offensive minds.
It didn’t take him long to settle on Oklahoma State’s Mike Yurcich. In Yurcich’s six seasons as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, Oklahoma State had a top three scoring offense in the Big XII four times, and one of the times they didn’t, they averaged 39.5 points per game.
This past season, Oklahoma State was No. 10 in total offense (500.2 ypg), and in 2017 they were No. 2 (568.9 ypg). They have had a top 10 passing offense each of the past four seasons, and led the nation in 2017 with 389.2 yards passing per game.
So when it comes to offense, Yurcich has been pretty successful. That’s undoubtedly what intrigued Day most, but Yurcich had something else going for him as well.
“Firstly, he was a good fit because he and his wife are from Ohio, and they wanted to come back,” Day said. “I wanted to make sure we had Ohio guys on the staff who wanted to be here.”
But then, of course, there was also the offense aspect of things.
“The fact that he came from Oklahoma State, had done really well as a coordinator calling plays for the last six years, wanting to be here, that was the second thing,” Day said. “He wanted to get involved with this offense. He wanted to be part of how we were throwing the football. He brings so much to the table. He’s called plays. He’s been part of and run one of the more proficient offenses in college football the last six years. I thought that was a home run on both ends.”
What exactly was it about Oklahoma State’s offense that has caught Day’s eye over the years?
“They do a good job in tempo,” he said. “They do a good job with RPOs. I thought they did a great job with RPOs. In the run game, they’ve inserted things where they take a tight end/fullback and insert him in the run game, which is kind of a pro style way to attack in 11 personnel without getting too into X’s and O’s. I thought they did a really good job of that.
“They know how to score points. Being in the Big 12, they score a ton of points. They’re aggressive. He does a good job of coaching quarterbacks. Excited about all those things.”
And even though Yurcich is a very proven commodity in college football, he is in Columbus to help keep the Ohio State offense on the cutting edge, not simply implement his own way of doing things.
“The great thing about Mike is he’s willing to teach it the way we teach it,” Day said. “He doesn’t come in saying, ‘This is how we did it.’ He has great ideas. Been around football a long time, has good timing, understands what it’s like to be part of a staff.”