ORLANDO (UFCKNIGHTS.com) – Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has been hired as the head coach of the University of Central Florida head coach.
Heupel is the 11th head coach in the history of UCF Football. UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White announced the hire Tuesday morning.
Heupel comes to UCF after serving as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri for the past two seasons.
In 2015, prior to Heupel’s arrival, Missouri ranked 124th in the nation in total offense (280.9). In 2016, the Tigers led the Southeastern Conference and were ranked No. 13 in the nation, averaging 500.5 yards per game. In 2017, Mizzou is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in total offense, averaging 511.5 yards per game. The Tigers are currently No. 10 in the nation in scoring at 39.3 points per game.
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock blossomed under Heupel’s tutelage. Lock led the SEC in passing as a sophomore, throwing for 3,399 yards and 23 touchdowns. He followed that up with an even stronger junior campaign in 2017, passing for 3,695 yards and an SEC-record 43 touchdown tosses, with a bowl game left to play.
Prior to Mizzou he was with Utah State, his Alma Mater, Oklahoma, and Arizona.