Franklin makes an insulting change of coordinator, hiring Mike Yurchic
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Head coach of football in Penn James Franklin announced a change of coaching staff on Friday with the hiring of Mike Yurchich as an offensive coordinator and coach on quarterback and leaving Kirk Ciarrocca.
“We’re glad Mike has joined our staff,” Franklin continued. “He is an impressive offensive mind and a talented player who has set records wherever he has been as an offensive coordinator. I look forward to seeing what he can do with all the offensive weapons we have here in Penn. I followed Mike’s career for a long time. time dating back to his time at PSAC in Schipsensburg and Edinburgh. We look forward to bringing Mike and his family back to Pennsylvania. “
“I would like to thank the head coach James Franklin, Vice President of Interschool Athletics Sandy Barber and President Eric Barron for the opportunity to coordinate the offensives at Penn State University, “said Jurcic.” Having spent 11 years in Pennsylvania as a player and coach, I understand the importance of this commitment and will present it correctly and with humble pride. “
Yercic (YER-sitch), who has 22 years of experience as a collegiate coach, including 15 as an offensive coordinator, joined the Nittany Lions after spending the 2020 season in Texas as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.
In his career as an FBS offensive coordinator, Yurcich’s crimes averaged 6.49 yards per game, which ranks first among OCs since 2013 and 14.03 yards per finish, which is first among Power Five OCs for this period. Since 2013, Jurcic’s crimes have scored 50 or more points 26 times and 40 or more points 51 times (50 percent of training matches), both of which are top FBS offensive coordinators in 2013. His teams are on average. 61.5 touchdowns per year.
Under Yurcich’s leadership, Longhorns ranked eighth on the FBS for scoring a crime (42.7 ppg), 16you switching efficiency (156.2) and 19you total violation (475.4 ypg). Texas also finished in the top 40 in the country in violation (27you; 280.1 ypg) and fast crime (37you; 195.3 ypg). 42.7 points per game ranks second in Texas history. Longhorns had 17 different players who caught at least one pass in the 2020 season and nine with at least 10 catches. UT had 12 different players who recorded a touchdown catch.
Under Yurcich, Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger finished 60.1% (184-306) of his passes with the Big 12 leading touchdowns. He also rushed for eight results on the way to winning the All-Big 12 and Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. First-year freshman Bijan Robinson averaged 8.2 yards on attempt to rank first in the country among the fastest with more than 80 attempts.
Prior to his time in Austin, Yurchich served as a passing game coordinator and coach for quarterbacks in Ohio in 2019. This season, Bucky set a 13-1 record and won a trip to the College of Football playoffs, while quarterback Justin Fields is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy Award, the Walter Player of the Year Award, and the Davey O’Brien Award. Fields was the offensive player of the Big Ten of the Year and won second-team awards for all of America from Walter Camp, the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, and the American Football Writers Association. Fields ranked third in FBS with 40 passing touchdowns with just three interceptions for the best touch-to-interception ratio in the country. The fields ended with a total of 51 touchdowns, 3,273 yards to cross, 306 points responsible for and 181.4 efficiency ratings.
Yurchic was the architect of one of Oklahoma’s biggest offensive eras, averaging 38.0 points and 478.3 yards per game over his six-year term as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2013-18. OSU scored 40 or more points 35 times and 50 or more points 15 times for Juric. In Yurchic’s six years, the OK state ranked fifth in the country for missing game yards (315.9 ypg), seventh in the overall foul (478.6 ypg) and sixth in the result. During his tenure at Stillwater, the Cowboys were 52-34 with four seasons with 10 wins, four cup wins and two New Year’s Eve six appearances (2016 Sugar Bowl and 2014 Cotton Bowl).
Oklahoma State finished 10you at FBS in a total foul (500.2 ypg) and a foul on a pass (309.8 ypg) in 2018. Yurcich developed defensive defender Taylor Cornelius in the top 10 ranked player nationally in passing yards (4you; 3,978 yards), passing yards per gameyou; 306.0 ypg), passing touchdowns (8you; 32), general infringementyou; 337.3 ypg) and points responsible for (5you; 252).
The crime in 2017 in the state of Oklahoma involved a 4,000-yard pitcher Mason Rudolph, two 1000-yard receivers in James Washington and Marcel Ateman, and a 1,000-yard Justice Hill rush. The Cowboys led the country in passing yards (389.2 ypg), finishing second in total violation (568.9 ypg) and fourth in scoring violation (45.0 ppg). Washington won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s outstanding recipient, and Rudolph claimed the Johnny Unitas Golden Hand Award as the college’s best senior quarterback. Working on Yurchich’s crime throughout his career, Washington finished as the all-time leading successor to the OK with 4,472 yards, the second in the history of the Big 12. In 2017, the Cowboys set eight one-season school records, including total offense, yards of play, passing yards, first dips and passing efficiency. The 2017 team scored a 50-point score six times and darkened nine times 500 yards for offense, including a record 747 yards from a school against Baylor.
In 2016, Oklahoma State was one of two Power Five teams that produced a 4,000-yard pitcher (Rudolph), a 1,000-yard rise (Hill) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Washington). The cowboys ranked in the top 20 in the country in four categories. With a system of two quarterbacks in 2015, OK State threw 34 touchdowns and ranked seventh in FBS in passing yards per game (353.2 ypg) and 14you when scoring a violation (39.5 ppg). Yurcich produced the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in Tyrick Hill in 2014 and led Oklahoma to 14you-final place in the point violation (39.1) in its first season in 2013.
Yurchic served as offensive coordinator for two seasons (2011-12) at the University of Pennsylvania in Schippensburg. In their first season, the Raiders set numerous program records, including points earned, touchdowns and a total violation. In 2012, Schiepensberg led NCAA Division II in total violation (529.2 ypg) and was second in scoring violation (46.9 ppg) and passing yards per game (387.7 ypg). Under Jurcic, quarterback Zack Zully won the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy as a top player in Division II. Zully set the NCAA Division II record with 54 passing results.
Born in Euclid, Ohio, he also trained for six seasons at the University of Edinburgh, working with quarterbacks and broadcasters in 2005 before becoming the 2006-10 offensive coordinator. Jurcic was also a coach at St. Francis (Indiana) from 1999-2002 and was an offensive assistant at Indiana University in 2003 and 2004.
After graduating from the University of California, Pennsylvania in 1999, Yurchich received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also received a master’s degree in school counseling from Indiana University in 2004. Jurcic and his wife Julie have two sons, Jack and Clay, and a daughter, Maria. Julie was an all-American cross-country skier in Edinboro.