With so many coaching moves at Oklahoma following the 2014 season, this one sort of got lost in the shuffle.
One intriguing move, however, was taking Jay Boulware and moving him from tight ends coach to running backs coach. On paper, it didn’t compute. Cale Gundy had done a masterful job of coaching running backs and recruiting the spot.
Gundy was moved to inside receivers/tight ends coach, allowing Boulware to take over in what is probably OU’s best position in terms of production and depth.
“I coach ball,” said Boulware bluntly when asked about the move. “It’s not a transition at all. I’ve coached running backs, offensive line, tight ends and special teams, I understand the game from front-to-back. There is no transition.”
Boulware said his background actually helps with the running backs because he can give them a different point of view. He can tell them this is how the offensive line sees things, how the tight ends see things and can make the backs smarter runners in terms of hitting the holes and reading blocks.
He’s still coaching special teams, but a lot of eyes will be on Boulware with the running backs. Any drop off in production will come under great scrutiny when you have guys like Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon in the backfield.
Boulware is not concerned about that.
“Anytime you have a football coach that has coached all different spots, you have a lot of knowledge you bring to the table,” Boulware said. “I have a very broad understanding of the game.”