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Coaches Corner Vol 71 - Run and Shoot - Mouse Davis

Coaches' Corner Volume 71:  Darrel “Mouse” Davis, best known as the "Father of the Run-and-Shoot Offense" is the guest on our first Coaches Corner show for 2013.  Now retired, Coach Davis was most recently the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Hawaii in 2010, and is credited with popularizing the four-receiver offense, first in the United States Football League (USFL) and later at every level of football.

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About the Guest on this Edition of Coaches Corner

Darrel "Mouse" Davis , now retired, is best known as the “Father of the Run-and-Shoot Offense”. Davis was most recently Offensive Coordinator at the University of Hawaii in 2010, his second stint at UH.  Previously,  from 2004-06, Davis was a member of former coach June Jones’ staff and is credited with the 2006 Team leading the nation in passing offense (441.3), total offense (559.2), scoring offense (46.9)and pass efficiency (185.95).  Davis left Hawai‘i to join Jerry Glanville’s staff at Portland State in 2007.

 A guru of the four-receiver offense he made popular in the United States Football League (USFL), Davis espoused the theories of a small Middletown (Ohio) High School coach Glenn “Tiger” Ellison, who wrote the book Run-and-Shoot Football: Offense of the Future.  The “Run-and-Shoot”, an offense that terrorized defenses, amassed yardage and scoring records and turned quarterbacks into supermen at every level of football traces its roots to 1975, Davis’ first year as head coach for Portland State University where Davis, as offensive coordinator (1974) and head coach (1975-80) at Portland State produced teams that led the nation in passing and total offense for six consecutive years, averaging over 5,000 yards of total offense per season and 35 points per game. 

Davis' Quarterback in 1975 was none other than June Jones, who threw for a Division II record 3,518 yards. Davis’ next quarterback, Neil Lomax, set NCAA records of 13,220 yards and 106 touchdowns in 42 games before going on to a successful NFL career. Under Davis’ direction, Portland State set 20 NCAA Division I-AA offensive records in addition to the Vikings being named the NCAA’s all-time point producers in 1980, scoring 541 points in 11 games for 49.2 points per game, along with 434.9 yards passing and 504.3 yards of total offense per game.

Davis graduated with a B.S. in elementary education from Western Oregon University where je was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball, and earned All-America recognition at quarterback and running back. 

Due out in April 2013, The 'Mouse that Roars' 'is a full-length feature-film documentary that chronicles the story of Mouse Davis football coaching career and his creation of the Run and Shoot offense that altered the entire game of modern football.


 

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