Report: Mississippi St. OC Les Koenning to coach Texas WRs

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Charlie Strong's inaugural coaching staff at Texas appears to be complete.

Horns247.com and the Clarion-Ledger each reported Wednesday that Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning has accepted a position as the Longhorns' wide receivers coach. Koenning has served on Dan Mullen's Bulldog staff as coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons.

A Texas native, Koenning played receiver for the Longhorns from 1977 to 1980, earning All-Southwest Conference honors. Before arriving in Starkville, Koenning had already enjoyed stints as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, Alabama, Duke and Houston; according to the Clarion-Ledger, Koenning hasn't coached wideouts exclusively since working under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M in 1996.

Despite Koenning's experience in the coordinator's position and new offensive line coach Joe Wickline reportedly set to own the title of Texas offensive coordinator, Horns247.com's Bobby Burton writes that incoming quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson -- who called plays for Strong at Louisville -- "is expected to be the guy who is in charge of the overall offense."

With Koenning's hire, all nine positions on Strong's staff are filled. He joins Watson (QBs), Wickline (OL), Bruce Chambers (TEs) and Tommie Robinson (RBs) on the offensive side of the ball, with Vance Bedford (DC), Chris Rumph (DL), Brian Jean-Mary (LBs), and Chris Vaughn (DBs) coaching the defense.

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