Notre Dame-Texas 2016: What the Irish Learned in Austin

Notre Dame headed out on the road to start the 2016 season and fell barely short in double overtime


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Urban Meyer is in his fifth year as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, working with the Irish receivers. Meyer had served as wide receiver coach for six years at Colorado State prior to coming to Notre Dame.

The 1999 season saw Meyer's receiving corps break the Irish single-season record for pass receptions with 192 and total receiving yards with 2,858.

During 1998, Meyer coached split end Malcolm Johnson, who ended his career with 110 receptions, the seventh-highest in school history. Johnson was later drafted in the fifth round of the National Football League draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 1997, Meyer coached Johnson and fellow receiver Bobby Brown as they became the first Irish pair of players to record 40 or more receptions individually in a season as Brown made 45 receptions and Johnson had 42. In addition, the Notre Dame receivers helped set a then single-season school record with 190 receptions.

In 1996, he coached a youthful Irish receiving corps and helped integrate those players with veteran quarterback Ron Powlus to contribute to a Notre Dame offense that produced the third-highest figures for total offense and scoring in Irish history.

Meyer helped the Rams to the 1994 Western Athletic Conference title and to Holiday Bowl appearances following both the '94 (10-2 final record) and '95 seasons (8-4). Colorado State finished 16th in the final Associated Press poll in '94.

In 1992 he coached wide receiver Greg Primus, an all-WAC pick who finished as Colorado State's all-time leading receiver and ended up with 192 career catches for 3,200 yards (10th on the NCAA's all-time yardage list).

He also helped Colorado State to the Freedom Bowl title following the 1990 season. While with the Rams he worked with former Irish assistant Mike Trgovac.

Meyer spent the previous two seasons at Illinois State, coaching quarterbacks and receivers in 1989 and outside linebackers in 1988.

He worked as receiver coach at Ohio State in 1987 and helped the Buckeyes to a Cotton Bowl win following the '86 campaign when he coached tight ends. He also served one season at Cincinnati as a student assistant coach.

A 13th-round pick in the amateur baseball draft in 1982, he played two years in the Atlanta Braves organization. He played as a defensive back at the University of Cincinnati before earning his degree in psychology in 1986. He went on to earn a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio State in 1988.

Born July 10, 1964, Meyer and his wife Shelley are parents of two daughters, Nicole and Gigi, and a son, Nathan.

The Urban Meyer Coaching File

Year School Assignment
1985 Cincinnati Student Assistant Coach
1986 Ohio State (10-3, Cotton Bowl) Graduate Assistant, Tight Ends
1987 Ohio State (6-4-1) Graduate Assistant, Receivers
1988 Illinois State Outside Linebackers
1989 Illinois State Quarterbacks, Recievers
1990 Colorado State (9-4, Freedom Bowl) Wide Receivers
1991 Colorado State Wide Receivers
1992 Colorado State Wide Receivers
1993 Colorado State Wide Receivers
1994 Colorado State (10-2, Holiday Bowl) Wide Receivers
1995 Colorado State (8-4, Holiday Bowl) Wide Receivers
1996 Notre Dame Receivers
1997 Notre Dame (7-6, Independence Bowl) Receivers
1998 Notre Dame (9-3, Gator Bowl) Receivers, Special Teams ?
1999 Notre Dame Receivers

Urban Meyer
Urban  Meyer


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