Kurt Roper to be named QB Coach

<i>Inside Kentucky</i> has confirmed late Monday night that the Wildcats will name Kurt Roper the new quarterbacks coach. Roper spent the past six seasons at Ole Miss as the Rebel's quarterbacks coach and the past three seasons as the passing game coordinator.

The official announcement of his joining the staff has yet to be determined.

While at Ole Miss, Roper has coached two of the most prolific passers in school history in Romaro Miller and Eli Manning.

Roper coached Miller to second-team All-SEC honors in 2000, and saw Miller break school career marks for passing yards and touchdown passes before joining the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Miller played the 2003 season with the CFL Ottawa Rene-gades and was then traded to the Calgary Stamp-eders prior to the 2004 campaign.

Under Roper's tutelage, Manning set 47 school records in his three years as a starter and was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft by San Diego, who then traded him to the New York Giants. In 2003, Manning won the Maxwell Award as the nation's top collegiate player, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior quarterback, was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by both The Associated Press and SEC Coaches, and was one of four finalists for the 2003 Heisman Trophy, finishing third.

This news becoming knowledge adds more sense to the new verbal commitment of Pittsburgh (PA) native Bill Stull, whom was recruited very hard by Roper at Ole Miss before the staff was not retained after a disappointing 2004 campaign.

Link to more information and his biography

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