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Mike Norvell
Position: Deputy Head Coach (Off. Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach)
Experience: 4 Years

A Conversation With Mike Norvell (by Doug Haller, Arizona Republic, Feb. 29, 2012)

Q&A: Mike Norvell (by William Boor, State Press, Jan. 10, 2012)

Rising To The Top: A Mike Norvell Feature (by Jeremy Hawkes, ASU Media Relations)

A key figure in Todd Graham’s high-octane offensive attack, Mike Norvell enters his third season in Tempe with Sun Devil football, and 6th season overall. 

In Norvell’s third season leading the Sun Devils offense, the 2014 Sun Devils ranked 16th in the nation in scoring with 37 points per game and had his two quarterbacks (Kelly and Bercovici) throw 34 touchdown passes combined (13th nationally). Norvell’s offense finished with 5,750 yards total with 2,194 on the ground and 3,556 through the air. Norvell mentored quarterback Taylor Kelly to the Pac-12 football Scholar-Athlete of the year. 

Under the direction of Norvell, The 2013 Sun Devil offense was ranked 10th nationally in scoring, averaging 39.7 points per game and a total of 556 points with 6,402 yards of total offense, posting the second highest marks in school history since 1972.

Norvell mentored QB Taylor Kelly who averaged 270.8 yards of total offense per game with 28 TDs and 3,635 yards passing, the 3rd most in a single season for any sun devil. 

Norvell led a balanced and explosive offense in his first year with ASU as he helped the Sun Devils set school marks at the quarterback, running back and tight end positions.

The 2012 Sun Devils became the 14th team in NCAA FBS bowl history to score 60+ points in a bowl game (62 against Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl).

Of the 464.5 total yards per game ASU averaged last season, 205.5 came on the ground, representing the second-best mark in the past 25 seasons (since 1988).

Nowhere was Norvell's influence felt more than at the quarterback position where first-year signal-caller Taylor Kelly set the school record for completion percentage (67.1) and threw for the second-most touchdown passes (29) in school history. Combined with the talents of running back Marion Grice – scored the third-most touchdowns (19) in school history – and tight end Chris Coyle – 57 receptions were the most ever by an ASU tight end –  Norvell's quick-strike offense produced 58 scoring drives of three minutes or less in 2012.

Norvell has worked with Coach Graham for the past six seasons at Tulsa, Pitt and now ASU. He started as an offensive graduate assistant and receivers coach with Tulsa and soon transitioned to passing game coordinator and receivers coach before adding director of recruiting to his title in 2010. At Pitt in 2011, Norvell was the co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach and director of recruiting.

While with Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane had five 1,000-yard receivers emerge under Norvell's tutelage. His most accomplished pupil was All-America receiver Damaris Johnson, who led the country in all-purpose yards for two consecutive years and set the all-time NCAA FBS record for that category with 7,796 career yards. Johnson averaged 202.2 all-purpose yards per game in 2010. In Tulsa's 62-35 win over Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, he averaged an incredible 21.73 yards per touch en route to 326 all-purpose yards.

In 2008, Norvell's receivers were a vital part of college football's most prolific offense. Tulsa averaged an astounding 569.9 yards per game that season to lead the country. The Golden Hurricane ranked second nationally in scoring (47.1points/game) and ninth in passing yards (301.8 yards/game). Tulsa also topped the country in total offense in 2007 (543.9 yards/game) and set 29 school records, 15 Conference USA marks and four NCAA records. The '07 Golden Hurricane became the first team in NCAA history to have a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000-yard receivers in a single season.

Prior to Tulsa, Norvell was an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Central Arkansas. In addition to coaching receivers and H-Backs, he was a significant contributor to UCA's special teams.

Norvell was accomplished on the field and in the classroom at Central Arkansas. A four-year starter at receiver, he finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (213) and ranked third in receiving yards (2,611). Norvell earned All-Gulf South honors and was the conference's 2001 Freshman of the Year. He also was a two-time first-team Gulf South All-Academic honoree. Norvell earned his bachelor's degree of education in social studies in 2005 and a master's degree in training systems in 2007, both from UCA.

Norvell is married to the former Maria Chiolino of Fort Smith, Ark.

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