William Wilkerson, Scout.com

Jay Norvell to replace Del Alexander as Arizona State wide receivers coach

Arizona State will have a new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2016, Jay Norvell.

Todd Graham's significant overhaul of his Arizona State coaching staff is not yet complete, but it just became more pronounced. 

Texas assistant Jay Norvell is expected to be hired to coach wide receivers and be the passing game coordinator for Arizona State. 

Norvell, 52, was interim play-caller for 11 games in his one season at Texas in 2015, but will not be involved in play-calling at ASU, a source said. Norvell interviewed for the ASU offensive coordinator job in December, before Graham hired Chip Lindsey from Southern Miss for the position. 

Graham's longest tenured assistant DelVaughn Alexander, will be replaced by Norvell, a source said. It's unclear if Alexander will remain with the Sun Devils in any capacity, but it would not be as a position coach if so. 

Alexander, who was wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, was the only remaining position coach on Graham's initial ASU staff in 2012. 

Norvell has extensive major college and NFL experience, including as offensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2004-06 and with UCLA in 2007. He's also coached receivers and tight ends for the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. Prior to his one-year stint at Texas, Norvell spent six years at Oklahoma. 

Norvell joined the Nebraska staff in 2004, within a year of Nebraska's hiring of administrator Tim Cassidy. Cassidy is ASU's current Senior Associate Athletic Director for Football. 

ASU has now replaced five coaches since August of 2015, and Graham has yet to name a defensive line coach to replace Jackie Shipp. The only remaining assistants on staff from last season are linebackers coach Keith Patterson, offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Shawn Slocum. 


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