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Gundy To Hire Josh Henson As Analyst

Former Cowboys offensive lineman and ex-coach Josh Henson is expected to be hired as an offensive analyst by Mike Gundy.

Multiple sources have told Go Pokes that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is prepared to announce Josh Henson, the former OSU player and assistant coach and most recently former Missouri offensive coordinator, as the Cowboys new offensive analyst replacing Darrell Wyatt, who left that post following the Sugar Bowl to join the University of Houston as wide receivers coach.

Henson was not retained by Missouri after the 2015 season when long-time head coach Gary Pinkel retired for medical and personal reasons and Barry Odom was hired as the new head coach.

Gundy added analysts to his Oklahoma State staff for the first time before the 2015 season. It is expected that former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator (2001-04) Bill Clay will be back as the defensive analyst.

Henson brings a lot of previous knowledge on Oklahoma State and more recently a lot of extensive knowledge on the SEC from his time at Missouri and before that as part of former Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles staff at LSU.

Henson came to Stillwater from Tuttle as a walk-on and earned a starting job on the offensive line at guard for then head coach Pat Jones. Henson was an assistant coach at Kingfisher High School in Oklahoma for one season before returning to Stillwater as a graduate assistant. A year later he was promoted by Les Miles to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

He was there until after the 2004 season when he joined Miles at LSU as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator and helped LSU to a national championship. In February of 2009 Henson joined the Missouri staff as co-offensive line coach and then eventually was named offensive coordinator in December of 2012.

In his three seasons as offensive coordinator Henson started on fire as the first season (2013) Missouri averaged 39.1 points and 490,7 yards of offense per game. The loss of six starters including issues at quarterback helped drop those numbers to 27.8 points and 367.0 yards of offense per game in 2014. Last season the Missouri offense had a meltdown almost entirely due to the lack of reliability and eventually the absence of expected starting quarterback Maty Mauk. The Tigers averaged 13,6 points and 280.9 yards of offense a contest.

Henson has coached and recruited a number of standout players including tight end Billy Bajema at Oklahoma State, tight ends Keith Zinger and Richard Dickson at LSU, and at Missouri center Tim Barnes and offensive linemen like Justin Britt and Evan Boehm.

The analysts position at Oklahoma State is allowed to be at practice and spend time with coaches in the meetings, but not allowed to coach players. It is a position that was made popular by current Alabama head coach Nick Sabin as he has as many as eight analysts on his staff at any given time.

At Oklahoma State the analysts role is a six-month job and is salaried at $50,000 for the six months. It is expected that Henson's hiring will be made official as soon as Monday, the first day of spring practice for the Cowboys football squad.   

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