Enters his first season coaching inside receivers after a successful 16-year stint as Oklahoma’s running backs coach. Was also promoted to the post of assistant head coach in 2015.
Former OU quarterback owns a distinguished pedigree of performers who have excelled in the NFL ranks, including 2012 NFL MVP and six-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson, as well as two-time Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray, who claimed in the NFL’s rushing crown in 2014.
The two most prolific rushing seasons under head coach Bob Stoops have come the past two years under Gundy’s direction. OU led the Big 12 and ranked 10th in the FBS, averaging 261.2 rushing ypg in 2014 after registering 223.9 ypg on the ground in 2013.
Gundy’s star pupil in 2014 was true freshman RB Samaje Perine who led the Big 12 in rushing (131.8 ypg) and set the FBS single-game rushing record with 427 yards vs. Kansas (11/22/14).
Perine finished the season with 1,713 rushing yards, the second-highest tally by a freshman in OU history behind only Adrian Peterson (1,925 in 2014) and a figure that ranked eighth among all FBS players in 2014.
Perine averaged 6.5 yards per carry and led Big 12 non-kickers with 126 points on a league-best 21 rushing touchdowns. After averaging 5.2 yards per carry and rushing for 19 TDs in 2013, the Sooners averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored 40 rushing TDs in 2014.
RB Brennan Clay averaged 6.6 yards per carry in 2013, registering a career-high 200 rushing yards in a win at Kansas State (11/23/13).
JUCO transfer Damien Williams earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors under Gundy in 2012, while walk-on Dominique Whaley led OU in rushing in 2011 with three 100-yard outings in seven games.
In 2010, DeMarco Murray broke Steve Owens’ 41-year-old OU record for career TDs, Joe Washington’s 35-year-old mark for all-purpose yards and OU’s single-season mark for catches by a running back (71). Murray’s 1,571 career receiving yards are also an Oklahoma RB record.
Chris Brown and Murray become the first OU players on the same roster to eclipse 40 career TDs during the 2009 season.
In 2008, OU had two 1,000-yard rushers in Murray and Brown. OU rushed for 205.5 ypg and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. The 2007 season saw three different backs eclipse the 500-yard mark, led by Allen Patrick with 1,097. Murray was a Freshman All-American.
In 2004, Adrian Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards, the best single-season mark in Oklahoma history.
No OU running back lost a fumble under Gundy’s watch in 2002.
Coached Quentin Griffin, who ranks as the second-leading rusher in OU history with 3,756 yards. In 2002, he gained 1,884 yards (No. 6 NCAA/134.6 ypg). Griffin became the Sooners’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 1998 and also finished his career with 169 receptions for 1,571 yards, the highest totals by a running by in OU history.
In 2000, OU backs produced 32 rushing TDs, up from 15 in 1999. First team All-Big 12 Griffin scored 16 of those, including six against Texas to set a Sooner record.
Samaje Perine (Oklahoma)
All-America Third Team
All-Big 12 First Team
Brennan Clay (Oklahoma), Broncos
Roy Finch (Oklahoma), Patriots
Damien Williams (Oklahoma), Dolphins
All-Big 12 Second Team
DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Cowboys
Allen Patrick (Oklahoma)
Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Vikings
Highest finishing freshman (second) in the history of the Heisman Trophy at the time.
2012 NFL MVP
Quentin Griffin (Oklahoma)
All-Big 12 First Team
All-America Second Team
Mossis Madu (Oklahoma)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER
Held virtually all of OU’s single-game, single-season and career passing records prior to the arrivals of Josh Heupel, Jason White, Sam Bradford and Landry Jones under head coach Bob Stoops.
Paced the Sooners to a 31-13-2 record in his four seasons, earning All-Big Eight First Team honors as a senior.
One of only five OU quarterbacks to throw for more than 4,000 yards (Landry Jones, Bradford, Heupel, White).
Big Eight Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 1990 with marks for completions (54), attempts (109) and yards (904).