Jugular John was a man ahead of his time; he would absolutely be a star in today’s world of college football.
HOW A FORGOTTEN OFFENSIVE GURU CHANGED COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Back then, with coach John Jenkins in charge, Houston was college football’s most intriguing and polarizing team. Most coaches believed that defense and running the ball won games; Jenkins laughed at that notion. Instead, his Cougars ran a no-huddle offense and lined up with four receivers on most plays, compiling eye-popping passing statistics and forcing defenses to cover the entire field.
“John Jenkins used to tell us, ‘Every running play is a wasted opportunity to score,’” Klingler says. “He really did a great job of teaching this. If we had 70 snaps on offense and we only threw seven or eight touchdowns, then we failed on over 60 plays … He’s over there driving us to be better. We’re still scoring 65, 70 points in a game and all we see is a bunch of failure where we didn’t do our job.”