Texas State OL coach Clay McGuire

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  1. PacTrojan

    PacTrojan Junior Member

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    Best hire under the current conditions. Harrell will no longer have any excuses. His Bio on the Texas State website

    Clay McGuire is in his second season as the offensive line coach at Texas State after spending last year as the running backs coach at Texas Tech.

    McGuire returned to Texas Tech last season after serving six seasons as the offensive line coach at Washington State and spending 10 seasons on Mike Leach’s staff. He also played for Leach at Texas Tech.

    He returned to Texas Tech in 2018 after helping Washington State rank among the top three teams in passing offense throughout his tenure. He also produced two-time First-Team All-American Cody O’Connell in 2016 and 2017. O’Connell was an Outland Trophy finalist in 2016 and became just the second Unanimous All-American in WSU history in his junior season.

    USA Today named another of his offensive linemen, Joe Dahl, a Second-Team All-American in 2015. Dahl also earned First-Team All-Pac 12 honors that season.

    The Cougars were second among the national leaders in passing offense in 2017 and third in 2016 after leading the nation in that category in 2014 and 2015. Washington State averaged 389.5 yards passing, the second-highest average in Pac-12 history in 2015.

    In 2016, the Cougar offensive line blocked for an offense that rushed for 120.0 yards per game, up 40 ypg from 2015.

    In 2014, Washington State set a Pac-12 record while leading the nation in passing with 477.7 yards per game. The WSU offense set 10 school single season records, including total offense, first downs and yards per game. Dahl received All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

    The offensive line made huge strides under McGuire’s tutelage in 2013 from the previous campaign, doubling the yards-per-carry average, nearly doubling the total rushing yardage and cutting the number of sacks allowed nearly in half. Senior center Elliott Bosch closed his career earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the second straight season.

    In his first season with the Cougars in 2012, McGuire guided an offensive line that had just two players start all 12 games and seven players take a snap.

    McGuire arrived in Pullman after coaching running backs and special teams at East Carolina. He was originally supposed to direct the Pirates’ rushing game, but added special teams duties prior to the 2010 season.

    He guided Jonathan Williams (847/52) and Giavanni Ruffin (384/25) to single-season career-highs in ground and reception totals in 2010. He oversaw special teams units that ranked 30th in punt return average, 31st in punt return defense and 29th in kickoff return defense.

    McGuire also tutored a pair of first-year specialists in placekicker Michael Barbour and punter Ben Ryan during notable campaigns, which included a No. 42 FBS standing with a 1.23 field goals per game average. The Pirates also broke a single-game record with 303 kickoff return yards against Southern Miss during a 44-43 victory on Oct. 9.

    Prior to his stint at East Carolina, McGuire enjoyed nine bowl appearances as a player and staff member at his alma mater, Texas Tech.

    After he lettered four years as a running back for the Red Raiders, McGuire spent four seasons on the Texas Tech staff before coaching the running backs in 2009. His coaching move to the backfield came after he served as the special teams coordinator in 2008, an offensive graduate assistant in 2007 and a video intern in 2006.

    McGuire’s three primary running backs, which included two freshmen, all averaged over 5.0 yards a carry in 2009. Junior Baron Batch was Texas Tech’s offensive MVP after racking up a team-high 1,279 all-purpose yards - 884 on the ground, 395 receiving - and 15 touchdowns. He assumed the special teams coordinator role early in 2007 on an interim basis, after McNeill moved over to the defensive coordinator position before the fifth game.

    The special teams units responded to McGuire immediately when he took over in 2007. Tech opponents averaged just 6.7 yards per return and returned only 18 of 30 punts. The kickoff coverage unit also ranked second in the Big 12.

    McGuire began his coaching career after playing in 45 games as an H-Back for the Red Raiders from 2000 to 2004. He was an effective blocker in Tech’s offense, and caught 32 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns during his career.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2004 and a master’s in secondary education in 2007 at Texas Tech.

    A native of Crane, Texas, McGuire and his wife, Jeri, have two daughters- Jorja and Addison.

  2. OC2SC

    OC2SC Junior Member

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    What, Western Kentucky's coach wasn't available?

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