One of college football’s top young offensive minds, Jake Spavital is in his second season at Texas A&M and his first full season as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Spavital served as the Aggies’ co-offensive coordinator duties for the 2013 regular season before being promoted to offensive coordinator. In his debut game as the playcaller, the Aggies gained 541 total yards and rallied from 21 points down to beat Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 52-48. It was the largest comeback in school history.
Spavital’s influence on the 2013 team was dramatic as the Aggies set a school and Southeastern Conference record with 4,593 passing yards and fell just a yard shy of the 7,000-yard plateau in total yards (No. 2 in A&M and SEC history). The Aggies gained 500 or more yards in 10 of 13 games, including three games of 600-plus yards. The Aggies also broke the school record for completion percentage by connecting on 69.3 percent of their aerial attempts (No. 3 in SEC history).
In six seasons on collegiate coaching staffs, Spavital has served under Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. He has worked with a series of record-setting quarterbacks in A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Houston’s Case Keenum, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and West Virginia’s Geno Smith.
Spavital served on Sumlin’s coaching staff with Kingsbury at the University of Houston in 2009 where he served as graduate assistant with the Cougar offense. The 2009 Cougars went 10-4 and led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense.
At West Virginia, Spavital worked with Smith, who finished his career in 2012 with over 11,000 passing yards and 98 touchdowns while completing 988-of-1,465 passes (67.4 completion percentage). The Mountaineer offense ranked in the top 10 in passing, scoring and total offense and fifth nationally in passing efficiency in 2012.
In his first season at West Virginia, Spavital helped lead the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record and a win over Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl. The Mountaineer offense ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing, scoring and total offense and passing efficiency, and Smith earned Orange Bowl MVP honors after accounting for seven touchdowns in the 70-33 victory.
Prior to West Virginia, Spavital was a graduate assistant for the offense at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy and then-Cowboys offensive coordinator Holgorsen. During his one season in Stillwater, the Cowboys ranked in the top three nationally in passing, scoring and total offense, and led the NCAA FBS in red zone efficiency. Oklahoma State posted an 11-2 record and won the Alamo Bowl.
Spavital began his coaching career at Tulsa as an offensive quality control assistant in 2008. The Golden Hurricane, then coached by Malzahn, led the nation in total offense and posted an 11-3 record with a win in the GMAC Bowl.
As a player, Spavital was a two-year letterwinner as a quarterback and punter for Missouri State. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State in 2008. A native of Tulsa, Okla., Spavital was a first-team all-state quarterback as a senior after throwing for more than 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 600-plus yards and 17 scores. He led Union to a 12-1 record and No. 3 national ranking as a senior and an Oklahoma
Class 6A state title and No. 2 national ranking as a junior.