Stoops hires new receivers coach

Former Indianpolis Colts receiver coach Jay Norvell set to replace Steve Spurrier Jr.

As expected Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops named Jay Norvell as his wide receiver coach today, replacing Steve Spurrier Jr., who resigned the position to take a similiar post with the Washington Redkins.

Norvell has a great relationship with several members of the OU staff. He played with B. Stoops, co-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, Offensive Coordinator Chuck Long and tight end coach Jonathan Hayes at Iowa from 1982 to 85. He was named All Big-10 defensive back in 1985 and lead the league in interceptions for one season.

Norvell also played one year with the Chicago Bears in 1987.

Norvell was the Assistant Head Coach in charge of quarterbacks and wide receivers at Iowa State in 1995 before moving up to the NFL with the India
napolis Colts in 1998.
"Jay has been very successful on the professional and college levels and he's just a coach with a lot of great experience," Stoops said. "The Indianapolis offense became one of the most respected units in the NFL during the time Jay was there. Marvin Harrison became a perrenial all-pro player, and Jay and that entire receiving unit deserve a lot of the credit for the way the Colts were able to move the ball."

Stoops added that Norvell is a good personal match for his staff.

"It just comes down to character, work ethic and discipline and I know Jay has those traits," Stoops said. "He's everything you look for in a coach."

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