HOUSTON — The University of Houston football program has a new fanbase in Prestonsburg and Floyd County. Prestonsburg High School product Mike Burchett was named an Offensive Analyst at Houston on Jan. 11, 2019 after one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fordham. A former quarterback for the Blackcats, Burchett will make his debut with the Houston coaching staff when the Cougars visit perennial national title contender Oklahoma for a season opener on September 1.
Burchett had an immediate impact in his lone season in New York as the Fordham passing game ranked first in the Patriot League while freshman quarterback Tim DeMorat set a school freshman record with 11 touchdown passes. DeMorat completed 48 passes for 1,633 yards, both of which are second best all-time among Fordham freshmen.
Burchett arrived at Fordham after spending three years at West Virginia University, the last year as the Offensive Analyst where he was responsible for advanced scouting, preliminary game planning and offensive self-scout. He also assisted in developing weekly game plans, specifically the pass game plan and scripted the defensive scout team based on the offensive game plan.
In his first two years in Morgantown, Burchett served as an Offensive Graduate Assistant where he was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks under the supervision of head coach Dana Holgorsen. He also conducted all position meetings and daily drills with the Mountaineer quarterbacks and assisted in developing weekly pass game plans. Burchett’s in-game duties included assisting with play calling and communicating with the head coach and quarterbacks.
Prior to his stint at West Virginia, Burchett was an Offensive Graduate Assistant at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, in 2014 where he assisted the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in providing detailed breakdowns of opponent’s coverage tendencies, first down tendencies and opening drive tendencies. He also compiled opponent scouting reports, composed daily quarterback cut-ups for position meetings and coached the scout team, defensive secondary and linebackers.
A 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in mathematical economics, Burchett was a preferred walk-on for the Wildcats in 2010 and 2011, being a part of the 2011 team that appeared in the BBVA Compass Bowl. He transferred to West Virginia in 2011 where he served as the backup to Geno Smith for two years as the Mountaineers won the 2011 Big East championship and the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Burchett returned to Kentucky in 2013 where he served as a student assistant while finishing his undergraduate degree. He also earned a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from West Virginia in 2016.
Kickoff for the Houston-Oklahoma game is set for 6:30 p.m. on September 1. The college football season opener will be televised nationally on ABC.
Houston’s 2019 schedule includes additional games versus Prairie View A&M, Washington State, Tulane, North Texas, Cincinnati, UConn, SMU, UCF, Memphis, Tulsa and Navy. The Cougars compete in the American Athletic Conference.