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North Texas to lean on newly hired offensive coordinator

North Texas to lean on newly hired offensive coordinator

February 27
18:02 2019

On Feb. 14, North Texas hired Eastern Washington’s offensive coordinator Bodie Reeder to fill the void created when Graham Harrell accepted a job at Southern California. The Mean Green were left without the offensive mind that led them to the top-ranked offense in Conference USA.

North Texas sought for a coach with not only experience but with the offensive capabilities that would fit their Air Raid and ground and pound offense. Reeder, 32, fit that standard in North Texas head coach Seth Littrell’s eyes, which he expressed in a press release concerning the hire.

“Coach Reeder is one of the brightest young offensive minds in the country and we are happy to have the opportunity to bring him to Denton,” Littrell said. “He has been successful at all of his career stops at several levels of college football, most recently at Eastern Washington and Oklahoma State. I can’t wait to bring him into our family and culture and give him the opportunity to leave a great mark on our program.”

Reeder graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School, where he amassed 6,582 passing yards and 67 touchdowns as a quarterback. Reeder finished 4-5 as a freshman starter, but Mahomet-Seymour made three consecutive playoff appearances as the Bulldogs accumulated records of 6-4, 7-3 and 11-1 in Reeder’s final three seasons.

Reeder started his college career at Wyoming before he transferred to Eastern Illinois, where he compiled 3,741 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes and 356 career completions in 30 games. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 2007-2009.

In 2010-11 he started his coaching journey as a graduate assistant with Eastern Illinois, working with defensive backs.

Reeder joined Wisconsin-Stout as an assistant from 2011-14. He coached quarterbacks his first season and served as offensive coordinator for the remaining three. Reeder helped coach the team’s quarterbacks and aided in training all-conference quarterback Hank Kujak.

In 2014, Reeder accepted a job under Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State. He spent the 2014-16 seasons working with quarterbacks at Oklahoma State and working in offensive quality control.

Oklahoma State played in three bowl games during the entirety of Reeder’s tenure with the Cowboys. They had key victories in the 2016 Alamo Bowl where they defeated Colorado 38-3 and the 2014 Cactus Bowl, defeating Washington 30-22. Oklahoma State also played in the Sugar Bowl following the conclusion of the 2015 season and lost to Mississippi 48-20.

During the 2016 season, the Cowboys were 10-3 and second in the Big 12 with a 7-2 conference record. Oklahoma State was ninth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense while averaging 323.9 yards per game and No. 17 in scoring, averaging 38.6 points per game.

Reeder has had experience with pass-heavy offenses and quarterbacks who have performed well in Air Raid type offenses. He most recently helped coach Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph, who ranked seventh in the nation in passing in 2016, average 314.7 yards per game. Rudolph completed 63 percent of his passes for a total of 4,091 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

In February of 2017, Bodie Reeder ended his three-year stint with Oklahoma State and joined Eastern Washington as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. In Reeder’s first season with the Eagles, he led an offense that was eighth in FCS in passing (320.5) per game, fifth in total offense (476.7), No. 14 in scoring (34.5) and No. 11 in third-down conversions (46.1 percent).

In Reeder’s second season he helped lead an offense to average 43.1 points per game, ranked fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision. Reeder’s offense averaged 528.2 yards per game, which ranked third in the nation.

Quarterback play was not the only functionality in Reeder’s offensive system, he has also been strong when it comes to rushing the football. In the 2018 season, Eastern Washington running back Sam McPherson carried the ball 204 times for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns. McPherson was ranked fourth in the country in rushing yardage and No. 20 in yards per game (100.7).

This could bode well for North Texas as they have a seemingly crowded backfield with two upperclassmen running backs in senior Loren Easly and junior Deandre Torrey. North Texas will look to rely on Reeder’s offensive experience and success to prepare their offense for what will be senior quarterback Mason Fine and senior wide receiver Rico Bussey Jr.’s final season at North Texas.

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