Norvell Accepts UCLA OC Position

According to reports out of Nebraska, the Nebraska Cornhusker offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Jay Norvell, has accepted the job of offensive coordinator at UCLA. Norvell is well-versed in the west coast style of offense that Dorrell runs...

Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell has accepted the UCLA offensive coordinator position, according to Husker Extra.

"This is an opportunity to branch out and take the next step professionally -- to be a play-caller as well as a game-planner and teacher," Norvell told Husker Extra.

Norvell was the OC and the quarterbacks coach for Nebraska, but head caoch Bill Callahan called the plays.

UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell was also considering former UCLA OC, Tom Cable, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer, and former North Carolina and Fresno State offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

Norvell was in his first stint as an offensive coordinator at Nebraska. He was a tight ends coach with the Oakland Raiders (under Callahan), and a receivers coach with the Indianapolis Colts, and a wide receivers coach at Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Norvell has been with the Cornhusker for three years. Last season the Cornhusker offense was 17th in the nation in scoring (30.6 ppg) and 14th in total offense (414.6 ypg).

Callahan is a long-time advocate of the "West Coast" style of offense, which Dorrell runs, and Norvell is thought to be well-versed in it.

This is not the first time Dorrell has shown interest in Norvell. When the first offensive coordinator under Dorrell, Steve Axman, was fired after the 2003 season, Norvell was one of the coaches Dorrell interviewed. Dorrell eventually hired Cable.

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