Get to know Kurt Roper
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Alma mater: Rice (1995)
Family: Wife, Britt; daughter, Reese; son, Luke
Notable: Like CU head coach Mike MacIntyre, Roper is part of the coaching tree of David Cutcliffe, the current head coach at Duke. Roper and MacIntyre have previously spent six seasons working together, all under Cutcliffe. ... As a player at Rice, Roper was a quarterback and defensive back. ... After earning his bachelor's degree from Rice, Roper spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Tennessee, earning his master's degree from there in 1998.
Tennessee (1996-98): Graduate assistant
Ole Miss (1999-2004): Quarterbacks
Kentucky (2005): Quarterbacks
Tennessee (2006-07): Running backs
Duke (2008-13): Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Florida (2014): Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Cleveland Browns (2015): Senior offensive assistant
South Carolina (2016-17): Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Buffzone.com has learned through a source at CU that the Buffaloes are closing in on a deal to hire former Duke, Florida and South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as their new quarterbacks coach.
An official announcement from CU is expected this week, according to the source.
Roper would replace Brian Lindgren, who was the Buffs' offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the past five years, but left CU for a similar position at Oregon State last month.
In his 21 years of coaching, Roper, 45, has worked primarily with quarterbacks. Most notably, in his first full-time job in coaching, he worked with the quarterbacks at Ole Miss (1999-2004), where he mentored Eli Manning, now with the NFL's New York Giants, and helped him become the No. 1 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft.
At Duke, Roper coached the Blue Devils' all-time leading passer, Thaddeus Lewis.
Roper is also very familiar with CU head coach Mike MacIntyre, as they were assistants together for four seasons at Ole Miss (1999-2002) and two seasons at Duke (2008-09).
During the 1999 and 2000 seasons, when Roper coached quarterbacks at Ole Miss, MacIntyre coached the Rebels' receivers. During their two seasons together at Duke, Roper was offensive coordinator while MacIntyre was defensive coordinator.
Over the past two seasons, Roper was the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at South Carolina, but was relieved of his duties last month by Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp. South Carolina was last in the SEC in scoring in 2016 (20.8 points per game) and 12th this year (24.1).
Prior to South Carolina, Roper spent six seasons (2008-13) as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Duke and the 2014 season in the same position at Florida. In 2015, he worked as an offensive assistant with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
Hiring Roper gives CU an experienced assistant to work with co-offensive coordinators Darrin Chiaverini and Klayton Adams.
Chiaverini, who also coaches receivers, will be going into his third season as co-OC, but his first season as play-caller. Adams, who coaches offensive line, will be in a co-OC role for the first time.
Roper will inherit a talented group of young CU quarterbacks, led by junior Steven Montez, who recently finished his first full season as the starter.
Montez started all 12 games for the Buffs (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) this season, the first CU quarterback to start every game since Cody Hawkins in 2007. Montez completed 60.5 percent of his passes (228 of 377) for 2,975 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while also rushing for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
Sophomore Sam Noyer played in four games as a backup, going 13-for-27 for 119 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Walk-on Casey Marksberry was the only other quarterback to play, going 2-for-3 for 20 yards.
The Buffs also have redshirt freshman Tyler Lytle, who was the most highly recruited prep quarterback signed by CU since Craig Ochs in 2000, and true freshman Blake Stenstrom. The son of record-setting Stanford quarterback Steve Stenstrom, Blake starred at Valor Christian High School.
Roper's hire completes CU's coaching staff for now. On Jan. 9, Football Bowl Subdivision teams can begin hiring a 10th assistant coach for the first time.
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