Arkansas State wants to become the “Boise State of the South” what better way to do that than to turn to someone who was instrumental in the Bronco’s success for over 10 years.
AStateNation.com has confirmed through multiple sources that current Texas Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin is expected to be named the next Head Football Coach at Arkansas State University at a 2:00 p.m. press conference.
We learned Monday even that Harsin had emerged as a top candidate for the vacancy that was left by Gus Malzahn taking the Auburn job after just one season.
Harsin was named co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas in January 2011. Harsin joined the Longhorns after 10 seasons as a member of the Boise State staff, including the last five as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. A finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, honoring the nation's top assistant coach, Harsin has guided offenses that have consistently ranked among the nation's best in almost every major statistical category.
In his first season at Texas, he had the task of putting a new offense in place with a young group that featured 10 different freshmen and sophomores starting for the Longhorns. Despite its youth, the offense was able to put up over 500 yards of total offense four times and rank 21st nationally in rushing offense with 202.6 yards per game. The team ran for over 400 yards in back-to-back games against Kansas (441) and Texas Tech (439), marking just the fifth and sixth 400-yard rushing performances by Texas since 1980. Harsin helped guide three different starting quarterbacks to 2,360 yards and 12 touchdowns in addition to the offense creating four other passing TDs.
He was at the helm of the offense during a five-year period where the Broncos posted a 61-5 record that included two undefeated seasons, which were capped by Fiesta Bowl wins over TCU in 2009 (14-0) and Oklahoma in 2006 (13-0). They reached at least 12 wins in four of his five seasons as coordinator and had three Top 10 finishes, including ranking No. 5/6 in 2006, No. 4/4 in 2009, and No. 10/10 entering the 2010 bowl season. In 2008, they finished just outside the Top 10 at No. 11/13.
In the time since becoming offensive coordinator at Boise State in 2006, Harsin's offenses were in the top five nationally in scoring four times, capped by ranking first in 2009 (42.2 ppg) and second in 2010 with 45.1 ppg. They also ranked second in 2006 (39.7 ppg), fourth in 2007 (42.4 ppg) and 12th in 2008 (37.6 ppg). In all, Boise State averaged 41.4 ppg during his time as coordinator.
The Broncos ranked in the Top 10 in total offense in three of Harsin's seasons as coordinator and have been no lower than 18th in all five of his years, culminating in 2010 with an average of 521.3 ypg, which set the BSU school record and ranked second nationally. In those five seasons, the Broncos offense averaged 459.9 ypg.
Harsin's offenses averaged more than 200 yards both rushing and passing twice during his tenure. In 2006, Boise State produced the sixth-ranked rushing offense in the nation with 214.2 ypg, while in 2010 it had the nation's sixth-ranked passing attack with 321.1 ypg, which is the fourth-best mark in school history. During that span, the offense averaged 272.4 yards passing and 187.5 yards rushing per game.
In addition, the Broncos ranked in the top 12 in pass efficiency all five years and was in the top 10 in four of those. They led the nation in fewest sacks allowed in 2009 with just five, were third in 2010 with only eight and were fifth in 2008 with 13.
As quarterbacks coach, Harsin guided Kellen Moore into becoming one of the nation's most productive quarterbacks. In 2010, Moore was named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America and became Boise State's first Heisman Trophy finalist. He was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award and was named the nation's top quarterback by The Touchdown Club of Columbus.