Lost in all the hoopla of the Jim Leavitt news, it appears that the Ducks are likely to hire Texas Tech’s outside receivers coach (the Air Raid schools like to split up coaches into outside and inside receivers for some technical reason) Jovon Bouknight to fill in the vacant receivers coach spot. Footballscoop had the news yesterday morning.
Coach Bouknight actually never coached a single down for the Red Raiders as he was part of the Utah State staff that ventured on over to Lubbock with HC Matt Wells. He played his college football at Wyoming. According to college football reference, Bouknight ranks in the top five in MWC history in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Per Rotoworld.com, he was an undrafted free agent signee of the Carolina Panthers in 2006. Made it to training camp with Tampa Bay in 2007 before being cut. He was a finalist for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award that ultimately went to Oregon State’s Mike Hass (it was a weird year given that USC’s Dwayne Jarrett and Notre Dame’s Jeff Samardzija were also finalists and that OSU went 5-6).
He started as a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 2008 before going to Utah State for the next decade. Moved up the ranks at a steady pace, ultimately ending up as a Co-OC during his stay.
What’s the connection to the Oregon staff?
Surprisingly there’s a few connections in passing, the biggest being OC Marcus Arroyo just missing him by a season as coaches (2009 for MA and 2008 for JB) while at Wyoming.
2017 and 2018 had a common opponent: Boise State (17) and Michigan State (18).
RB Coach Jim Mastro, CB Coach Donte Williams, and LB Coach Ken Wilson all coached against him during the early to middle part of this decade in the MWC and WAC. So there is some level of familiarity between them and CJB on field and in recruiting.
Coach Bouknight has updated his Twitter bio to reflect his new coaching stop.
Welcome to Eugene, coach!!