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Coaching Quack: OC Marcus Arroyo

NCAA Football: Oregon Spring Game Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Coach: Marcus Arroyo

Title: Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / QB + TE Coach

Contract: 3 years, $2,425,000 base, $125,000 incentives, 20% of remainder of contract owed for early termination (by him), 0 buyout if named HC of a FBS program.

Age: 38

Alma Mater: San Jose State

- Graduated SJSU with a Kinesiology (the study of human and animal body movement, performance, and function). Arroyo was a prolific passer for the Spartans in his day. He ranks top ten in school history in terms of every passing category. Keep in mind that he played in an era that was the generation before passing offenses really exploded. Coaching career has labeled him mainly as a west coast guy. Only two coaching stops did not have him involved in any capacity with QBs. Has some Pac-12 experience with Cal during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. One year of NFL experience as QB coach for the Lovie Smith era Buccaneers in 2014. Could be described as a coaching nomad as no stop lasted longer than five years.

- Came to Oregon in 2017 as an OC/QB Coach. He has stayed on in the same capacity for Mario Cristobal’s staff but for a raise and increase in title.

- Isn’t married to one offensive philosophy after being exposed to many different schemes. Primarily a spread option type of coordinator based on his past history. Pistol concepts could be in play after his brief tenure as RB coach for Oklahoma State.


Best Oregon signee: Tyler Shough, c/o 2018 QB from Hamilton HS in Chandler, AZ. Four star pro style passer that was the seventh best at his position, 140th nationally, and top ranked in the state of Arizona. Arroyo was the primary recruiter. Best known for being the recruit that was visited by one Willie Taggart before he left for Florida State.

Best Other signee: Jared Goff c/o 2013 QB from Marin Catholic HS in Greenbrae, CA. Four star recruit that was the 15th best quarterback, 25th in the state of California, and 213th in the country. Signed with Cal. Eventually became the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Broke out as a sophomore in the NFL after breaking free from the ignominy and misfortune of playing for Jeff Fisher. Arroyo was the primary recruiter.

Best of the Rest

Spencer Webb - A four star tight end recruit from Sacramento, CA that was the 11th best in the class for his position. Class of 2018.

Verone McKinley III - A three star cornerback recruit from Carrollton, TX. Ranked 38th at his position. Class of 2018.

Chuba Hubbard - Three star running back recruit from the Canadian province of Alberta. Ranked top recruit from the province and 23rd best in the class at the position. Signed with Oklahoma State.


There isn’t much history to go on with Arroyo in terms of recruiting. His most recent successes are with Oregon. Although he was the primary recruiter for Jared Goff so there’s that. He’s currently ranked as the third overall recruiter in the conference in 2019 class and 30th nationally.

Final Summary

His career path is to be determined as he is so young and an offensive coordinator at a power program already. He has high profile feathers in his cap. He was the OC for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson were at the height of their powers as one of the best duos in the league. The most relevant name in 2018 that he has coached is Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill. He is expected to be one of the nation’s best running backs. It will be interesting to see how he handles being the primary playcaller for the Ducks. What remains to be seen is his development of standout QB Justin Herbert as a result. The hope is that he becomes more balanced in reception distribution as he could lean more on the tight end group than expected (his other position group). I fully expect Oregon to be a spread option heavy team under his watch.