Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013
Jay Norvell

Co-Offensive Coordinator
Wide Receivers
Football Coaching Staff
Jay Norvell

Norvell owns the unique distinction of coaching in both the Super Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game. He was promoted to Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator on Dec. 13, 2010.
Recognized by as one of the top 10 assistant coaches in the Big 12 in February 2014.
Three of the top four players on Oklahoma’s all-time receptions chart have played under Norvell’s direction – Ryan Broyles (349), Kenny Stills (204) and Juaquin Iglesias (202).
Three players are tied for the OU single-game record of 15 receptions. All three – Broyles, Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders – accomplished the feat with Norvell as their position coach.
Helped coordinate a 2013 Oklahoma offense that registered its best rushing average (223.9 ypg) since 1991. In addition, four different OU wideouts registered at least one 100-yard receiving game in 2013, led All-Big 12 Second Team receiver, Jalen Saunders.
Has also played an integral role in the rapid development of Sterling Shepard, who owns a combined 89 catches for 1,161 yards (13.0 avg.) and nine TD catches in his first two seasons with the Sooners.
Stills accumulated 204 catches for 2,594 yards (12.2 avg.) with 24 TDs during three years under Norvell, the third-highest reception total in Sooners’ history. Stills led all NFL pass catchers with a 20.0 yards-per-catch average as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints in 2013 after shattering OU’s freshman receiving records in 2010.
Oklahoma finished 2012 regular season fifth in the nation in passing offense (336.5 ypg) as five different receivers produced a total of 11 100-yard receiving games. The Sooners produced a trio of WRs with three 100-yard performances in a single game vs. Oklahoma State (11/24/12), a first in school history.
Ryan Broyles became the all-time NCAA career receptions leader in 2011 despite only playing in nine games. The Biletnikoff finalist and All-American still had the third-best season in Oklahoma history with his 83 receptions for 1,157 yards and 10 TDs. Broyles set eight major Oklahoma receiving records en route to All-America status and the finals of the Biletnikoff Award in 2010.
Norvell’s 2009 group was led by Broyles who finished the year No. 1 at OU for receptions in a season (89) and TDs in a season (15) and No. 3 for yards in a season (1,120). He led the Big 12 in TD receptions.
Prior to OU, Norvell spent 21 years as a coach with Iowa, Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Nebraska. He joined Oklahoma after serving as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for UCLA.
In 2007, UCLA beat two Top 10 teams and made the Las Vegas Bowl.
In 2006, Nebraska won the Big 12 North and was one of two schools to rank in the top 25 in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense. QB Zac Taylor was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, setting school records with 3,197 passing yards, 26 TDs and 3,165 total yards.
In 2004, Norvell helped the Husker QBs post their best passing average (186.9 ypg) since 1976.
Helped the Oakland Raiders earn a spot in Super Bowl XXXVII. Thanks to Norvell and 2002 NFL MVP QB Rich Gannon, the Raiders’ passing attack led the NFL by averaging 279.7 ypg.

 Served as WRs coach for the Indianapolis Colts (1998-01), working with the passing game and tutoring All-Pro Marvin Harrison, who hauled in 109 catches for 1,524 yards and 15 TDs in 2001.

In 2002, Harrison became the only player in NFL history with four consecutive 100-catch seasons. Under Norvell, Harrison had 385 receptions for 5,376 yards and 48 TDs.

Authored Complete Wide Receiver, a book published in 2012.


 Coach Norvell
 Hometown  Madison, Wis.
 High School  Memorial (Madison), 1982
 College  Iowa, 1986
 Family  wife, Kim
 son, Jaden
 Coaching History
 2010-Present - Oklahoma
 Co-Offensive Coordinator, Receivers
 2008-2010 - Oklahoma
 Asst. Offensive Coordinator, Receivers
 2007 - UCLA
 Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
 2004-2006 - Nebraska
 Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
 2002-2003 - Oakland Raiders
 Tight Ends
 1998-2001 - Indianapolis Colts
 Wide Receivers
 1995-1997 - Iowa State
 Assistant Head Coach, Quarterbacks, Receivers
 1989-1994 - Wisconsin
 Offensive Line, Receivers, Special Teams
 1988 - Northern Iowa
 1986-1987 - Iowa
 Graduate Assistant
 Bowl Games Coached (13)
 2014 Sugar  Oklahoma
 2013 Cotton  Oklahoma
 2011 Insight  Oklahoma
 2011 Fiesta  Oklahoma
 2009 Sun  Oklahoma
 2009 BCS Championship  Oklahoma
 2007 Las Vegas  UCLA
 2006 Cotton  Nebraska
 2005 Alamo  Nebraska
 1995 Hall of Fame  Wisconsin
 1994 Rose  Wisconsin
 1987 Holiday  Iowa
 1986 Holiday  Iowa

Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma), All-Big 12 Second Team
Kenny Stills (Oklahoma), All-Big 12 Second Team
Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), NCAA career receptions record holder, 2010 and 2011 All-American, 2010 and 2011 Biletnikoff Finalist
Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma), Bears
Manuel Johnson (Oklahoma), Cowboys
Zac Taylor (Nebraska), 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
Doug Jolley, Raiders
Marvin Harrison, Colts
Reggie Wayne, Colts
Jerome Payton, Colts
Sage Rosenfels (Iowa State), Vikings
Ty Watley (Iowa State), 1997 Big 12 leader in receiving yards
All-Big Ten DB in 1985 with a league-high seven picks. Iowa won the Big 10 and advanced to the Rose Bowl. Was with five bowl teams, including two Rose Bowls (1981, 1985), a pair of Big Ten champions and a team that spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1985.
Played one season as a member of the Chicago Bears.




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