Josh Henson leaving Arizona State to return to Oklahoma State

Arizona State offensive line coach Josh Henson is leaving the program less than a full month after being hired to replace Chris Thomsen.

Just as the dust began to settle after National Signing Day, Arizona State's football program is back in the news cycle as another assistant coach is on the move.

ASU assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Josh Henson, who was hired January 14 to replace former offensive line coach Chris Thomsen, departed the program according to sources close to the development to become the offensive line coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State.

Henson served as an offensive analyst for the Cowboys last season before departing to accept the Sun Devils' coaching position three weeks ago. However, after Signing Day passed, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy fired Cowboys' offensive line coach Greg Adkins, which created an appealing vacancy for Henson who earned Second Team All-Big-12 honors during his time as a player in the Cowboys' program. 

After playing for the Cowboys from 1994-1997, Henson returned to the program as a graduate assistant in 1999 and became the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2001. Henson remained with Oklahoma State until 2005, when he followed then-Cowboys' coach Les Miles to LSU. 

Henson becomes the fifth offensive assistant to depart the Sun Devils' program this offseason, joining Thomsen, former offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and tight ends coach Del Alexander. 

ASU moved quickly to replace Thomsen with Henson, who was brought in the same day Thomsen left to take a coaching position at his alma mater, Texas Christian. Lindsey played a significant role in ASU's decision to hire Henson, but less than a week after Henson's hire became official, Lindsey left to become the offensive coordinator at Auburn.

The Sun Devils have undergone significant coaching changes since the end of the 2015 season, as ASU has experienced coaching turnover at nearly every position group since the first losing season of the Todd Graham era.

In the past, Graham has given latitude to his offensive coordinators to assist with staffing hires for offensive coaching positions, which may indicate that new offensive coordinator Billy Napier could have a significant impact in the hiring of Henson's replacement. 


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