Under Beck's watchful eye, UVA quarterback Kurt Benkert had a record-breaking season in 2017. The UVA senior quarterback became the first player in program history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season. Benkert finished the season with 3,207 passing yards and a single-season program record 298 completions. Benkert's 25 passing touchdowns in 2017 rank No. 2 all-time at UVA for a season. He also set the UVA single-season standard for total offense with 3,144 total yards. The 2017 UConn game saw Benkert break his own single-game passing and single-game total offense records he set in 2016. Against the Huskies he ammassed 455 passing yards and 465 total offense yards. A UVA quarterback has only passed for 400 yards three times in a game and Benkert has done it twice.
Beck saw Benkert finish his two-year UVA career with 5,759 career passing yards and 46 career touchdowns, both numbers rank No. 3 all-time in the UVA annals. In 2016 and 2017 Benkert became the fastest quarterback in a season to reach 1,000 and 2,000 yards of passing, doing so in four and eight games, respectively. With 21 passing touchdowns in 2016 and 25 in 2017, Benkert is the only UVA quarterback to throw for at least 20 touchdowns in multiple seasons.
Beck, a former Cougar quarterback and offensive intern on Mendenhall’s BYU coaching staff, returned to Provo in 2013 with six years of coaching experience, including stints at LSU, Weber State and Simon Fraser.
Beck helped true freshman Tanner Mangum break all BYU freshman QB marks in 2015 after taking over for injured Heisman hopeful Taysom Hill in the season opener. Mangum earned 2015 Freshman of the Year honors from the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) after he was the only freshman to finish the regular season with more than 3,000 passing yards and a 60 percent completion percentage.
In 2014, Beck helped BYU successfully navigate a season-ending injury to Hill in the season's fifth game as Hill and Christian Stewart combined to total 3,623 yards and 32 touchdowns on the year, including 25 TDs by Stewart. As a sophomore quarterback in 2013, Hill passed for 2,938 yards and 19 TDs while also rushing for 1,344 yards and 10 TDs under Beck's tutelage.
In 2012, Beck was hired as the offensive coordinator at Simon Fraser located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. SFU is the first and only member of the NCAA located outside of the United States. Beck turned an offense that ranked last in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense in 2011 into the league’s No. 1-rated attack in all three categories during the program’s first year as a full NCAA Division II member in 2012. The team nearly doubled its total touchdowns scored, going from 28 to 52, and more than tripled its passing TDs, jumping from nine to 28.
Under Beck’s direction, the Clan offensive attack improved from 24 points per game to 34.3 points per contest to rank No. 36 overall in Div. II compared to a ranking of 109th the prior season. SFU also averaged 440.4 yards in total offense (No. 31 in Div. II) compared to 335.4 yards the prior year (which ranked 111th) and 306.3 passing yards (No. 14 in Div. II) compared to 147.4 yards through the air (which ranked 131st) in 2011.
Players also thrived individually as SFU quarterback Trey Wheeler ranked No. 14 in Div. II in passing yards per game at 297.1 yards per game while receiver Lemar Durant ranked No. 4 in receiving yards per game (119.8), No. 7 in receptions per game (8.27) and No. 18 in scoring (9.27 ppg). Durant received first-team all-conference, conference newcomer of the year, and All-America Second Team recognition with 82 catches for 1,227 yards and 16 TDs.
Beck served as quarterbacks coach at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, for three years from 2009-2011 under head coach Ron McBride. Under his tutelage, Wildcat quarterback Cameron Higgins set school records for most career passing yards (12,274), most career touchdowns passes (98), most career total touchdowns (105), most career pass completions (935) and career passing efficiency rating (144.5). Higgins completed his career as one of the most prolific players in Big Sky Conference history, ranking No. 1 in passing touchdowns, No. 2 in total touchdowns and No. 3 in total offense.
Prior to Weber State, Beck served the 2008 season as an offensive intern at LSU working with the quarterbacks under offensive coordinator Gary Crowton on Les Miles’ staff. He also assisted with quarterbacks as an offensive intern on Mendenhall’s staff at BYU in 2007 with Robert Anae as the offensive coordinator.
As a player at BYU, Beck served as the backup to All-American quarterback John Beck from 2004-2006, including a redshirt year due to an injury suffered his junior season. He totaled 553 passing yards and 28 rushing yards, including 305 yards on 20-of-28 passing in his lone start in a 38-0 victory over Utah State his senior season.
Beck transferred to BYU from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he led the COC Cougars to an 11-1 season and Western States Conference Northern Division title as a sophomore. A unanimous first-team All-Western States Conference pick, he led COC to a No. 1 ranking in California and No. 4 national JC ranking, throwing for 2,052 yards while completing 77.5 percent of his passes. He also added 430 rushing yards. Current UVA offensive line coach Garett Tujague was the COC offensive line coach during Beck’s year in Santa Clarita.
A Junior College Academic All-American, Beck spent his freshman season at Ventura College after prepping at Hueneme High School in his hometown of Oxnard, Calif. Before starting college, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denver, Colo., from 1999-2001.
Beck earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from BYU in 2006 and 2011. He is married to former BYU soccer standout Jaime Rendich, and they have a daughter, Peyton, and twin sons, Cameron and Jackson. Jaime was a four-year starter and All-American midfielder/forward during her BYU career from 2002-05.
|High School||Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif., 1999|
|Graduate School||BYU, 2011, M.A. communications|
|Family||wife, Jaime; daughter, Peyton, twin sons, Cameron and Jackson|
|College of the Canyons (2003)|
|Ventura College (2002)|
|2007 - BYU
|2008 - LSU
|2009-11 - Weber State
|2012 - Simon Fraser
|2013-15 - BYU
|2016-present - Virginia
|Las Vegas Bowl (2005) - player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2006) - player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2007)|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl (2008)|
|FCS Playoffs First Round (2009)|
|Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)|
|Miami Beach Bowl (2014)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2015)|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Taysom Hill (BYU)|
|Tanner Mangum (BYU)|
|Kurt Benkert (Virginia)|
|Cameron Higgins (Weber State)|
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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