by Chuck Pool (email@example.com) -
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Wednesday that he has hired former Division II All-America quarterback Wesley Beschorner as the Owls' new quarterback coach.
Beschorner comes to Houston after helping spark the Pitt Panthers to a record setting offensive output as an offensive quality control assistant in 2016. Pitt finished 10th nationally, scoring a school-record 532 points and senior quarterback Nate Peterman led the ACC in passing efficiency (163.4), throwing for 2,855 yards and 27 TDs while completing 60.5 percent and throwing only seven interceptions
"Wesley is a rising talent in our game who certainly had an impact in the success that Pitt enjoyed this year," Bailiff said. "He's been a winner both as a player and as a coach and I know our young quarterbacks are going to feel an immediate impact when he gets them in the meeting room and on the field."
Prior to joining the Panthers, he spent the 10 seasons on at his alma mater, South Dakota staff, serving seven years as offensive coordinator and four as associate head coach. He developed some of the most explosive offensive players in school history on powerful offensive units that mirrored his own playing career with the Coyotes from 2001-05.
A three-year starting quarterback, Beschorner set 33 school records, including career standards for passing yards (6,240), passing touchdowns (64) and touchdown accountability (87).
As a senior in 2005, Beschorner was a first team All-American and finished as the runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, annually presented to the Division II College Football Player of the Year. That season he passed for more than 3,000 yards and accounted for 47 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
During his USD coaching tenure, Beschorner developed some of the most explosive offensive players in school history. The powerful offensive units under his watch mirrored his own playing career with
the Coyotes from 2001-05.