BEND — When you look at it, Gary Andersen's choice to have co-offensive coordinators in Kevin McGiven and T.J. Woods makes perfect sense.
McGiven is the quarterback guru who also spent time as the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah, Weber State, Montana State and Utah State.
Woods has coached the offensive line at New Mexico, Utah State and Wisconsin and knows the ins and outs of the run game.
"It's not really as abnormal as people make it out to be," McGiven said. "There's a lot of places in the country where you have a run game coordinator, pass game coordinator, all those types of things."
The coaches worked together when they coached the Aggies and have slid into the role comfortably.
"Kevin and I go back a long time and there's no egos. We're both humble guys that are very fortunate to be in the position we are, very excited to be in the position we are," Woods said.
"We work well together. Obviously, his specialty is the pass game and calling the plays and I'll handle most of the run game and those type of things."
OSU quarterback Darell Garretson was coached by McGiven at Utah State and is used to that QB-coach relationship.
Garretson has found that he benefits from working with a line coach as well.
"It's nice," Garretson said. "Coach Woods gives me a perspective from the line and all types of box counts that we need to get to and he knows his stuff just like coach McGiven does and they're very, very good at collaborating and coming up with schemes that will beat a defense."
The main difference is there are two coaches making decisions rather than one.
"So it gives each guy a sounding board," McGiven said. "We don't necessarily divide up areas per se, we talk about everything as an offense from A to Z, we bounce ideas off each other in the run game and the pass game schematically and just decide on things together what we're going to implement, and game plan wise we'll have some specialty areas that we focus on and we'll tie it all together."
Said Woods: "Kevin and I have to meet a little bit more. I think when it's just a sole coordinator, you kind of gather your own thoughts by yourself. He and I kind of have to get on the same page sometimes together and some of those things."
Both coaches have a strong staff to work with in the meeting rooms and on the field.
Woods said it's a group effort.
"It's all of us. We've got a tremendous staff, guys who have been doing this a long time and a lot of knowledge in our room and Kevin and I are very thankful and pleased that we have those guys to lean on with us," he said.
"Final say is a little different. As a coach you have suggestions, you want suggestions as a coordinator, four minds are always better than one. But at some point in time you have to make a decision on which way you're going to go and then everybody has to leave the room and be on the same page and go out there and execute whatever we've got going on."