Darrell Wyatt immediately made an impact serving as Texas’ receivers coach and co-recruiting coordinator.
And Longhorns coach Mack Brown just as quickly thought of the 1985 Killeen High School graduate Wednesday when he found himself in need of a co-offensive coordinator.
Wyatt, a 24-year coaching veteran, was named co-offensive coordinator Wednesday along with Major Applewhite when Bryan Harsin announced he’d accepted the head coach position at Arkansas State.
“Darrell has done a great job with our receivers and has been very involved in the development of our passing game,” Brown said. “When Bryan left for the Arkansas State head coaching job, I immediately thought of Darrell and Major working together as co-coordinators.”
Wyatt was hired by the Longhorns in 2011 following a year as the recievers coach/co-offensive coordinator at Kansas in his second stint with the Jayhawks’ coaching staff. Prior to that, he was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator/recievers coach at Southern Mississippi.
Wyatt, who played football at Trinity Valley Community College and Kansas State after graduating from high school, has coached 12 seasons at four Big 12 programs: Kansas twice, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor. He coached for the Minnesota Vikings for one season in 2006 and has had 12 total stops, most as a receivers coach.
“He has so much experience and has brought tons of great ideas to the table since he’s been with us,” Brown said. “I just think he’s a brilliant coach, especially when it comes to the passing game.”
Led by receivers junior Mike Davis, a second-team All-Big 12 selection, and sophomore Jaxon Shipley, an all-conference honorable mention, the Longhorns (8-4) had the sixth-ranked passing offense in the Big 12 this season and play Oregon State (9-3) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in the Alamodome in San Antonio.
“I’m thrilled to have he and Major coordinating the offense and really looking forward to seeing them, along with Stacey Searels and Bruce Chambers, prepare the offense for Oregon State and the Alamo Bowl and going forward. They’ll make a great team,” Brown said.
Wyatt will remain as receivers coach and Applewhite, who played at Texas from 1998-2001, will coach quarterbacks. Chambers will be the Longhorns’ recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach Searels was given the title of assistant head coach for the offense. A new running backs coach will be hired.
Applewhite has held the co-coordinator title for the last two years while Harsin called the plays. Texas went 16-9 over that span with consecutive blowout losses to Oklahoma.
The Associated Press contributed to this report