· The Darrell Wyatt File
Just prior to the 2012 Alamo Bowl, Wyatt was promoted to co-offensive coordinator. He will continue to oversee the wide receivers, a young group he has molded over the last two seasons.
In 2012, Wyatt had two of his receivers post more than 50 receptions. Junior Mike Davis, a second team All-Big 12 choice, leads the team in receptions (54), receiving yards (909) and touchdown catches (7). He ranks third in the Big 12 and 15th in the FBS in yards per reception at 16.8 (minimum 40 catches), and is seeking to become just the sixth player in school history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.
Sophomore Jaxon Shipley, an honorable mention All-Big 12 choice, is second on the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (649) and TD catches (6).
In 2011, Wyatt's receivers corps led by Davis, Shipley and Marquise Goodwin. Davis led the team with 45 catches for 609 yards. Shipley missed three games but earned second-team freshman All-America honors after tying for the team lead with three TD catches while also throwing three TD passes. He had 44 receptions for 607 yards. Goodwin missed the opener while competing in track and field, but came on strong to end the year with 30 grabs for 372 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 187 yards on 20 carries ( 9.4 yards per attempt).
Prior to joining the Longhorns, Wyatt spent 2010 as co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Kansas. Under new head coach Turner Gill, the Jayhawks were transitioning from an offense that lost one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Todd Reesing and two of the nation's top 10 wide receivers in Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier. Despite that, Wyatt helped guide junior WR Daymond Patterson to 60 receptions.
In 2008-09, Wyatt was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Southern Mississippi. In two seasons with the Golden Eagles, Wyatt's offenses were among the nation's best.
The 2009 season saw USM produce the nation's 18th-ranked scoring offense (32.9 ppg) and rank 31st in total offense (416.4 ypg). The offense's 428 points that season were a school record. Wyatt guided a balanced attack that ranked 33rd in rushing offense (181.4 ypg) and 43rd in passing offense (235.0 ypg), with an even higher ranking pass efficiency offense that was 13th in the nation with a 147.3 rating. RB Damion Fletcher and WR DeAndre Brown both ranked in the top 50 in the nation in rushing and receptions, respectively, while QB Martevious Young was in the top 20 in pass efficiency. Fletcher finished his career as one of a handful of backs, along with Texas' Cedric Benson to rush for over 1,000 yards in all four seasons. He also finished as USM's all-time leader in all-purpose yards (6,253) and rushing yards (5,302) and was a second-team All-Conference USA selection along with Brown and TE Leroy Banks, while OL Ryan Hebert earned first-team honors.
In 2008, USM broke 36 offensive school records en route to producing 5,636 yards of total offense and 433.5 ypg (20th NCAA), which were both school USM records. The offense ranked in the top 40 nationally in both rushing offense (192.5 ypg) and passing offense (241.1 ypg), while averaging 30.6 ppg, which was 31st nationally. Many of the season's records included Brown, who was a freshman in 2008 and set the school single-season receptions record with 67 to go along with 1,117 receiving yards. His 85.9 receiving yards per game ranked 22nd in the nation, and he was named first-team freshman All-America, Conference USA Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference USA. Meanwhile Fletcher was also named first-team All-CUSA and rushed for 109.4 yards per game, which led the conference and ranked 17th nationally. QB Austin Davis also ranked 17th in the nation in total offense with 279.7 ypg.
Wyatt spent the 2007 season as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats ranked 10th in the nation in passing at 308.5 yards per game, led by junior WR Mike Thomas, who ranked 17th nationally in receptions after pulling in 83 for 1,038 yards and 11 TDs and earned first-team All-Pac 10 honors. Thomas ended his career as Arizona's all-time leading receiver and was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft. Eight players on the Arizona roster had at least 20 receptions and 200 receiving yards, while five players had at least 35 receptions and 400 receiving yards.
Wyatt gained NFL expereince in 2006 as wide receivers coach with the Minnesota Vikings. Five different receivers finished the season with 20-plus catches, led by Travis Taylor's 57.
Before coaching in Minnesota, Wyatt spent four seasons at Oklahoma. He helped the Sooners to four bowl games as the wide receivers coach and was the passing game coordinator in his final year. In 2004, he coached three receivers who were first-day picks in the 2005 NFL Draft, and who started professionally as rookies.
Wyatt spent the 2001 season at Oklahoma State as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. At OSU, he guided WR Rashaun Woods, who ranked seventh in the nation in receptions that year and went on to become a first-round selection in the 2004 NFL draft. He joined the Cowboys following his first stint at Kansas, where he spent four seasons, the last of which was as offensive coordinator in 2000.
Wyatt started his coaching career at Trinity Valley CC (1989-91) in Athens, Texas, before continuing at Sam Houston State (1992-94), Wyoming (1995) and Baylor (1996).
He started his collegiate playing career as a wide receiver at Trinity Valley CC before playing two seasons at Kansas State (1987-88). He graduated from KSU with a degree in sociology in 1989.
Wyatt is a native of Killeen, Texas, and earned All-Central Texas honors in football at Killeen High School. He and his wife Cindy have two children, Desmond and Charese.
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