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Randle, Weeden and Blackmon lead Oklahoma State to a Thursday-night triumph.
Under Monken's watch, Oklahoma State set single-season records for points scored, touchdowns scored, first downs, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, completion percentage, touchdown passes, yards per play and third-down conversions in 2011, in addition to posting six of the top seven single-game passing marks in school history. Monken coordinated a 2011 Cowboy offense that scored more than 50 points six times and broke the 60-point mark in three contests.
With Monken calling the plays, Oklahoma State led the Big 12 and ranked second nationally in both scoring offense and passing offense in 2011. The Cowboys ranked third in the country in total offense.
With Monken serving as his position coach, Brandon Weeden set single-season school records for passes completed, passes attempted, passing yards, touchdown passes, completion percentage and total offense in 2011. Weeden also set single-game school records for passing yards and total offense under Monken's watch in 2011. On the national level, Weeden finished the 2011 season second in passing yards, third in total offense, fourth in touchdown passes and ninth in pass efficiency.
Monken's offense produced the 2011 Biletnikoff Award winner in Justin Blackmon in addition to a pair of All-Americans in Blackmon and offensive lineman Levy Adcock and the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, Grant Garner.
Monken returned to Stillwater after spending four years as wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had been promoted to the role of Jaguars' quarterback coach immediately before taking the offensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State.
In Monken's final year in Jacksonville, the Jaguar trio of Mike Thomas, Marcedes Lewis and Mike Sims-Walker combined to make 167 catches for 2,082 yards and 21 touchdowns. Lewis earned a spot in the Pro Bowl.
In 2009, Monken coached a mostly-new wide receiver corps in which an inexperienced Mike Sims-Walker was joined by veteran Torry Holt and three first-year players. In all, six wide receivers accounted for 176 receptions and 2,254 yards and nine touchdowns. Sims-Walker had a breakout season, finishing as the team leader with 63 receptions for 869 yards and seven touchdowns. Mike Thomas' 48 catches were a team record for a rookie.
At LSU from 2005-06, Monken developed several receivers including Skyler Green, Dwayne Bowe and Buster Davis. Bowe and Davis were selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Bowe combined with Davis and Early Doucet to form one of the nation's premier receiving corps in 2006. The trio combined for 180 receptions, 2,598 yards and 24 TDs. Bowe finished his career with 154 catches for 2,403 yards, and his school-record 26 touchdowns ranked eighth in SEC history.
Prior to LSU, Monken spent three seasons (2002-04) at Oklahoma State as pass game coordinator/wide receivers coach. In his three seasons at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys averaged more than 32 points per game. Monken tutored 2004 first-round pick Rashaun Woods, who was selected 31st overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Woods was a two-time All-America honoree and concluded his career with 293 receptions for 4,414 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Monken helped engineer one of the nation's best passing attacks in his two seasons (2000-01) at Louisiana Tech - one year as the running backs coach and the other as wide receivers coach. In 2001, Louisiana Tech ranked eighth in the nation in passing, averaging 313 yards through the air per game. A year earlier, Tech ranked seventh in the nation averaging 313 yards passing per game.
Monken spent seven seasons at Eastern Michigan (1993-99) including the last two as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also spent time at Grand Valley State (1989-90) and Notre Dame (1991-92).