Doman Brought Back as Quarterback Coach

With BYU burdened by a three game losing streak to arch rival Utah, Bronco Mendenhall turns to the one man who seemed to have the Utes number in recent years: Brandon Doman. Mendenhall brings Doman in to oversee the quarterback position and help shed the three-year-old monkey off BYU's back.

PROVO, Utah (Jan. 7, 2005) – BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall today announced that former Cougar standout Brandon Doman will join the BYU coaching staff as the team's quarterbacks coach. Doman, who led the Cougars to a 12-2 season and a MWC Championship in 2001, spent the past three seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League.

A unanimous All-Mountain West Conference selection and Heisman Trophy candidate in 2001, "The Domanator" led the Cougars to a 12-2 season as a senior with 3,542 yards passing. Doman, who is the only returned missionary to lead BYU to a conference championship, completed 64 percent of his passes as a senior, connecting on 261-of-408 attempts. As the anchor for the nation's top-ranked offense, Doman was credited with 33 touchdown passes against just eight interceptions in his final season. As a senior, he also rushed for 503 yards and eight touchdowns. After assuming the starting job as a junior with two games remaining in the 2000 season, Doman led BYU to a 14-2 record as a starter, including a stretch of 14 wins over two seasons.

In the Cougars' final game of the 2000 season—LaVell Edwards' final game—Doman hooked up with Jonathan Pittman on back-to-back completions of 34 and 36 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up one of the most memorable come-from-behind victories in BYU history. Two plays later, Doman was credited with the four-yard touchdown run that gave the Cougars a 34-27 win over Utah in Salt Lake City.

"I am so excited to come back to BYU and be a part of something that means so much to me," Doman said. "I'm humbled and excited. Knowing that BYU has done so much for me, this is an incredible opportunity for me to give back and do all I can to help be a part of something I think is going to be very exciting."

"I know the potential this program has, and I want the players, the fans, and everyone associated with the program to be part of that vision. This is an awesome place, and I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity."

Doman inherits a stable of raw yet talented quarterbacks, including sophomore John Beck, last season's starter, and junior Matt Berry. Other returnees include junior Jason Beck, who is applying for a medical redshirt, junior Jackson Brown, and transfer Mike Affleck.

"I look forward to working with the quarterbacks, both on and off the field," Doman said. "We're going to work on their approach to the game; in terms of leadership, technique and in seeing the field. We're going to work on all phases of the game."

Doman warned opposing MWC defenses, "this is going to be a powerful, potent offense. We'll have the ability to move the chains and score touchdowns. With Coach Anae, we're going to have the type of offense that will keep the defense guessing. This is the most productive offense in college football right now. It's going to be exciting."

Although Doman lacks formal experience as a coach, Doman makes up for that lack of experience with natural talent and leadership, including a winning edge and three years of NFL experience.

"I have a lot of admiration and respect for Brandon," Coach Mendenhall said. "He is a fierce competitor, a natural leader and is very bright and energetic. He has strong ties to BYU and knows what it will take to help restore the winning tradition of this program. He will be a strong mentor for our quarterbacks."

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