Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Todd Monken back with Oklahoma State
By Mark Schlabach
DALLAS -- When Oklahoma State hired former NFL assistant Todd Monken to replace offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, Cowboys receiver Justin Blackmon had to become a teacher.
Todd Monken, who worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars' receivers coach the past four seasons, takes over as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
After the Pokes led the Big 12 in scoring (44.2 points per game), total offense (520.2 yards) and passing (345.8 yards) in 2010, OSU coach Mike Gundy didn't want to change his team's hurry-up attack. Holgorsen left to become West Virginia's coach-in-waiting and was then named Bill Stewart's replacement earlier this month.
"We really had to break everything down and teach it to him," Blackmon said. "We really haven't changed much of anything. There might be a couple of routes we've flipped, but overall everything is pretty much going to be the same."
Monken, who worked as the Jacksonville Jaguars' receivers coach the past four seasons, had to check his ego at the door when he returned to OSU for the second time. Monken previously coached the Pokes from 2002-04, working as passing game coordinator and receivers coach.
"We wanted a coordinator that would come in and be willing to run our offense," Gundy said. "And it's not easy to find a coach that's willing to do that."
Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who led the Big 12 in pass efficiency with a 154.1 rating, said the transition has been pretty seamless.
"It's the exact same," Weeden said. "From an X's and O's standpoint, we changed a couple of route combinations to get the ball in Justin's hands a little more. When [Monken] came in, he liked what he saw."