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Owls Open 2014 Home Season Sept. 13 vs Tulsa
Partridge Assistant Staff Now at Seven
2014-16 - Florida Atlantic University (Special Teams Coordinator/TE)
2013 - University of Arkansas (Special Teams Quality Control)
2012 - University of Tennessee (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2011 - University of Tennessee (Strength and Conditioning Intern)
2007-10 - Cisco College (Defensive Coordinator/DB/ST)
2005-06 - University of North Texas (Graduate Assistant/DB/TE)
2004 - University of North Texas (Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning)
Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2004 - New Orleans Bowl (North Texas)
Bowl Games as a Player
2003 New Orleans Bowl
2002 New Orleans Bowl Champion
2001 New Orleans Bowl
Linebacker, North Texas (2000-03)
Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Education: Bachelor of Arts, History with a minor in Criminal Justice, North Texas 2004
Marital Status: Wife, Emily
Joined the Owls in January 2014 as the team’s special team coordinator and tight ends coach. The tight ends provided six scores which was a third of the Owls 2014 receiving touchdowns. Senior Alex Deleon led the way with five TD receptions. Deleon, who started every game, was used in multiple sets and ended the season third among all receivers with 23 catches for 295 yards. He also worked out for two NFL teams at season’s end. Freshman Nate Terry provided game-ending heroics hauling in a 20-yard pass as the time ran off the clock to give FAU the 41-37 victory. It was Terry’s first collegiate catch. Special teams also were a highlight of the Owls in 2014. Senior Lucky Whitehead returned a punt 73 yards for a score in the final game of 2014. Whitehead, who is just the sixth Owl to return a punt for a TD, ended the season ranked No. 4 among C-USA in all-purpose yards, No. 18 nationally and 7th in kick return yards. Hurd also was faced with the challenge of replacing both kickers. His punter, Dalton Schomp, averaged 45.4 yards per punt. The pooch specialist averaged 35.4 yards per punt and dropped 10 of his 18 inside the 20. Seven were fair caught. Kicker Greg Joseph was 10-of-13 (77%) at 40 yards or less. The Owls kick-off unit did not allow a kick-return for a score, despite C-USA having the nation’s top-two leaders in kick returns for a score and three in the top-10.
The 2015 special teams’ exceled in their second season under Hurd’s direction. Most notably, junior Dalton Schomp who lead the nation with a 48.0 yards per punt average. Nearly half of Schomp’s punts (22-of-45, 49%) were for 50 yards or more and he pinned 18 inside the 20. Junior Greg Joseph shined in the kicking game. Joseph ended the year ranked No. 27 in field goals per game and among the countries top-100 in two other categories. The Owls kick return defense was rank in the top-half of the nation, an improvement of 50 spots and net punting jumped from No. 58 in 2014 to No. 5, nationally, in 2015. Punt return defense moved to No. 50 nationally. FAU tight ends emerged as a solid unit in 2015 with the development of graduate student transfer Cameron Tyler, who moved from quarterback to tight end. Cameron saw action in every game and drew starts in six contests. He recorded 21 catches for a total of 257 yards for an average of 12.2 yards per catch. Sophomore Nate Terry led all Owls receivers with four touchdown receptions. He recorded 16 catches for 185 yards and average of 11.6 per catch.
2016 saw freshman tight end Harrison Bryant emerge and earn both a start and significant playing time. Bryant had six catches for a total of 63 yards and his efforts earned him a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman team. Senior Tyler Cameron saw most of the action and ended his final campaign with 20 catches for 252 yards and one score. While the tight ends were an integral part of the squads’ offense, especially in a blocking role after the line used nine combinations in nine games, it was the special teams that continued to shine. All-Conference member Kerrith Whyte led the squad in kick returns and was third in the nation in combined kick returns. Whyte tallied 1002 kick return yards for an average of 25.7 yards per return. Henry Bussey and Jalen Young provided all, but one, punt return and averaged 3.8 yards per return. Dalton Schomp averaged 42.6 yards per punt and earned honorable mention all-conference recognition. Greg Joseph continued his PAT kicking streak and will take a 91 consecutive PATs into 2017. Joseph provided the bulk of the kickoffs, averaging 64.7 yards per kickoff and booted 41 TBs. He was 10-of-14 in field goal attempts with a career-long 50 yarder at FIU.
Served one season as the University of Arkansas special teams quality control coach.
Worked in strength and conditioning at the University of Tennessee for two seasons. He was an intern in 2011 and an assistant coach in 2012. During his time at Tennessee, the Vols produced seven All-SEC selections and five NFL draft picks, including 2013 first-round selection Cordarrelle Patterson. In 2012, Tennessee ranked in the top-five in the SEC in 10 different categories, including leading the conference in sacks allowed and ranking in the top-three in four other categories.
Hurd spent four seasons coaching at Cisco College in Cisco, Texas, where his positions included defensive coordinator for three seasons and special teams coordinator for two. In 2007, he coached defensive backs as well as the punt and kickoff units.
University of North Texas
Hurd began his coaching career at his alma mater as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant. He moved to the field in 2005-06 where he coached tight ends his first season and defensive backs the next. The 2004 season was his first to coach in a bowl game and it stretched the Mean Green's consecutive-bowl game streak to four.
North Texas (2000-03) - Walk-on who lettered four seasons. He earned a scholarship and was a two-year starter. Member of a team that captured the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Earned the team's Byron Gross Award, bestowed to the team's best linebacker, in 2002 and 2003. Named first-team All-Sun Belt in 2003 and was the Defensive Player of the Year the same season.
Killeen High School (1997-00) - linebacker and team captain. Named second team All-State.
Professional Players Coached
Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings - First Round)