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Texas hires former Louisville QB Will Stein as GA

The former Cardinals graduate assistant fits the profile of players who become successful coaches.

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The Texas Longhorns will have at least one new graduate assistant on the 2015 coaching staff with the hire of former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Will Stein. first reported the hire and Stein later confirmed his new position:

The move reunites Stein with his old quarterbacks coach, Shawn Watson. An undersized but efficient state champion in high school at Trinity in Louisville, Stein played for the home-town Cardinals from 2008 until 2012, spending the last two seasons under Watson's direction.

A starter on two different occasions during his career, an injury sustained by Stein early in 2011 allowed the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater, consigning Stein to a back-up role for the rest of his time at Louisville.

He will presumably replace offensive graduate assistant Eman Naghavi after spending the 2014 season as a graduate for Bobby Petrino at Louisville. As an undersized walk on who eventually earned the starting job at Louisville, Stein fits the profile of former players who go on to become successful head coaches -- guys who can compete at a high level based on their understanding of the game and leadership abilities despite some athletic limitations.

Horns247 also believes that Texas will also replace the other graduate assistant on the 2014 staff, Ephraim Banda, who worked with the defense.