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Report: Stoops to hire Oregon wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight

Sean Meagher | The Oregonian

Sean Meagher | The Oregonian

Mark Stoops may have found Kentucky’s tenth assistant football coach.

Football Scoop reports that Stoops is planning to hire Oregon receivers coach Jovon Bouknight. Two hours prior to filing the report on Football Scoop, The Oregonian reported that Bouknight was leaving Mario Cristobal’s staff at Oregon.

If hired at Kentucky, Bouknight’s role remains unclear. Kentucky’s current wide receivers coach, Michael Smith, is under contract for one more season.

Bouknight was one of the best wide receivers in college football as a senior in 2005. One of the best pass-catchers in Wyoming history, he still holds the school record for all-purpose yards and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in his final season, given each year to the nation’s top receiver. Following his playing career, Bouknight coached at Utah State for a decade, paving the way for a one-season stint at Oregon.

UPDATE (2:43)

Justin Rowland reports Bouknight is replacing Michael Smith. Stoops’ search for a tenth assistant coach continues.


Article written by Nick Roush

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6 Comments for Report: Stoops to hire Oregon wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight

  1. mashburnfan1
    2:30 pm March 7, 2020 Permalink

    Love it. Hopefully he has some recruiting ties in California, but he has to have ties in areas we have not been so far. YAHTZEE.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    8:43 pm March 7, 2020 Permalink

    What’s going on with Smith? He was instrumental in getting us into LA, and he was a key reason our receivers were blocking like TEs during the triple option period.

  3. Anonymous
    9:20 pm March 7, 2020 Permalink

    So what’s everyone’s thoughts about the WR’s performance over the last couple of seasons? I know it was hard to get a read on the group due to QB issues but given what we did see what would be your thoughts in the areas of blocking, getting separation, making the tough catches, etc? IMHO I think overall the group did perform to the level they should.

    • satcheluk
      10:57 am March 8, 2020 Permalink

      Our weakest recruiting spot, therefore our weakest unit performance wise. Until we start getting high 3 and 4 stars like Bowden, it will be a struggle to develop enough to make this unit a strength. They did block great this year. Credit for that, but we’re going to have to open it up next year and we need more speed, height and hands to make plays.

    10:15 pm March 7, 2020 Permalink

    What is this… the 3rd WR coach in 3 years?

  5. bbn606
    4:28 pm March 8, 2020 Permalink

    Apparently Michael Smith is going to be Special Teams Coach as it has not been announced that he has been terminated.