The shuffling of the Texas Longhorns coaching staff caused by the hire of co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand was officially completed on Thursday when the school revealed that former tight ends coach Corby Meekins will coach wide receivers with Drew Mehringer.
Meekins will also help coach special teams with safeties coach Craig Naivar. Texas finished No. 48 in FEI’s special teams rankings last year and struggled covering kickoffs — opponents averaged 25.1 yards per return, which ranked No. 121.
The hope for head coach Tom Herman is that Meekins will have a positive impact on the wide receivers, a group that largely underachieved last season under Mehringer. And perhaps Meekins will bring a higher level of consistency to the rotation, which was often all over the place in 2017.
The move of Meekins from tight ends to wide receivers was necessitated after Hand’s hire pushed Derek Warehime from offensive line coach to working with the position that Meekins coached last season.
Meekins joined the Texas program after working for two years with Herman at Houston. Before that, he was a longtime head coach at Westfield High School in Houston.