One of the first questions when Kliff Kingsbury was hired was how many college coaches he would fill out the roster with.
Well, with Kingsbury’s first staff, there was actually little involvement from the college ranks, but we are seeing some.
Recently when the Cardinals announced their staff, Kingsbury had two hires from the college ranks.
From the team:
Badovinac (buh-DOE-vuh-nack) joins the Cardinals from the University of Oklahoma where he was recently named a defensive graduate assistant. He spent the 2018 season as a defensive graduate assistant at Ohio State, helping the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl. Badovinac went to Ohio State after working for three years (2015-17) as the linebackers coach at Missouri State. A former quarterback at Michigan State (2010-12), Badovinac started his playing career at Drake for one season (2009) prior to transferring to play for the Spartans. Following his playing career, he worked for two years at the University of Missouri, helping the Tigers to a 22-5 record and back-to-back SEC East titles. He started as a recruiting graduate assistant at Missouri prior to serving as a defensive graduate assistant for two seasons (2013-14).
As assistant wide receiver coach, it will be interesting to see how Badovinac adapts after working mostly with defenses as a coach.
As a quarterback, he obviously has worked with wide receivers before, but we’ll see how he adjust and ascends in the NFL.