West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital has accepted a position at Texas A&M to work with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to the Post-Gazette this morning.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that Dana has given me in my career,” Spavital told CBS Sports earlier this morning. “And I'm excited to get to A&M and continue with the success that they've had.”
Spavital, just a 2008 graduate of Missouri State, worked with Geno Smith during his final two prolific seasons with the Mountaineers, and now gets to help mold Johnny Football.
Spavital previously worked with Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State and leaves a significant void on the coaching staff at West Virginia for Coach Dana Holgorsen to fill.
Holgorsen is already set to replace two positions on his defensive staff with longtime Rich Rodriguez assistant Tony Gibson and former ECU defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell. Both are currently going through the University vetting process, the Post-Gazette reported on Wednesday.
Now he must find a replacement for Spavital with a quarterback competition arriving this spring between backup Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress, and potentially a third junior college recruit.
Spavital was well liked among the players on the team, and highly regarded in coaching circles as a sharp offensive mind.
Smith tweeted a message of support this morning from his twitter account @GenoSmith_12: "Proud to see my man Jake Spavital progressing in his career. Great coach & even greater person. Good luck in Aggie land Jake!"