Daily Archive for January 2nd, 2009

AU Staff Rumor

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Taylor was assistant head coach at Tenn in 2007

Trooper Taylor is going to be hired as one of AU’s assistants. Taylor is Oklahoma State’s Co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He is highly regarded as a top notch recruiter. In 2007 while he was at Tennessee he was assistant head coach/player development and receivers coach for the Volunteers. He landed 4, four stars and 1, five star player. Taylor was recognized by Rivals.com as a top-25 recruiter in 2005 and 2007. I have no info on the players he is recruiting at Oklahoma state

Chizik – Malzhan – Willis – Luper – Maybe Taylor – Maybe Garner … AU is putting together a sick @$$ recruiting staff!!!! WDE

Another Solid Hire From Chizik

Curtis Luper – Oklahoma State’s assistant head coach/running backs coach – has been hired to coach running backs at Auburn.

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Mike Sherman really wanted him at Texas A&M before this season, Gundy wanted him more and held on to him. With Luper coaching the Cowboy running backs in 2007, Oklahoma State led the Big 12 and ranked eighth nationally in rushing with 243.2 yards on the ground per game.

In three full recruiting classes at Oklahoma State, he recruited 3, four star players there, and is currently has Oklahoma State atop the list for the number two dual threat QB in the nation in Tyrik Rollison. He is a proven position coach and very fiery on the field.

The biggest thing is look at his RB’s production under his coaching. He recruited and coached the best RB in Mountain West Conference history in Dontrell Moore, finished with over 3,500 yards for his career. He also coached Dantrell Savage, Keith Toston, and Kendall Hunter. Just go look at those RB’s stats and you will be impressed.

He also played RB at Oklahoma State behind Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders, so he knows the position.

One more positive is he coached in Texas before going to New Mexico, and has recruited Texas for Oklahoma State, that’s where Rollison is from. So maybe he can go into Texas and help us recruit there, along with Malzahn as well.