Zeb Noland

American football player and coach (born 1997)

American football player
Zeb Noland
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Noland with South Carolina in 2021
Murray State Racers
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 26)
Watkinsville, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College:Iowa State (2016–2018)
North Dakota State (2019–2020)
South Carolina (2021)
Undrafted:2022
Career history
As a coach:
  • South Carolina (2022)
    Graduate assistant
  • Jefferson HS (GA) (2023)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Murray State (2024–present
    Quarterbacks coach

Zebuliah Noland (born August 16, 1997) is an American college football coach and former quarterback. He is the quarterbacks coach for Murray State University, a position he has held since 2024. He played college football for Iowa State and North Dakota State, before drawing media attention upon being added to the Gamecocks' roster, where he was named their starting quarterback, despite being a graduate assistant with the team.

Early life

Noland, the son of Travis and Julie Noland, was born in Watkinsville, Georgia.[1] He played high school football at Oconee County High School under his father, a former Appalachian State quarterback.[2] He earned all-region honors twice, and led the team to their first regional championship since 2004.[3] Rated the No. 60 pro-style quarterback in his class by 247Sports,[4] Noland received offers from Toledo, Middle Tennessee, Colorado State, Richmond, FIU, and Appalachian State. He ultimately committed to Appalachian State on June 6, 2015, but later rescinded that commitment upon receiving an offer from Iowa State. He signed a letter of intent and committed to Iowa State on December 21, 2015, and formally enrolled less than a month later.[5]

College career

Iowa State

After sitting out as a redshirt freshman in 2016, Noland saw his first action at Iowa State the following year. He played in four contests for the Cyclones in 2017, including a start in Iowa State's win against Baylor.[6] He saw further game time in 2018, playing in five games for Iowa State.[3] Following the conclusion of the season, Noland transferred to North Dakota State.[7]

North Dakota State

Arriving in Fargo as a redshirt junior, Noland competed for the starting role with Trey Lance and Noah Sanders, ultimately earning the second spot on the depth chart behind Lance.[1] He made eight appearances for the Bison in 2019; North Dakota State would go on to win the national championship that season.[8] Following Lance's departure for the National Football League, Noland ascended to the starting role, and made seven starts for North Dakota State in the spring 2021 season (delayed from fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). He led the team in total offense and finished with a 5–2 record as a starter for the Bison.[3]

Head coach Matt Entz announced Noland's departure from the program on April 25, 2021, with Noland reported to have taken a Power Five coaching job.[9]

South Carolina

In May 2021, Noland was hired as a graduate assistant coach at South Carolina.[4] He received media attention after being added to the roster and promoted to the starting quarterback position, despite being a member of the coaching staff,[10] following an injury to starter Luke Doty in practice.[11] He made his debut for the Gamecocks on September 4, 2021, throwing for 121 yards and four touchdowns in South Carolina's 46–0 season-opening win against Eastern Illinois.[12] On September 18, against Georgia, Noland suffered a hand injury on the Gamecocks' first possession of the game, and was replaced by Doty in what was a 40–13 blowout for Georgia. On October 16, against Vanderbilt, Noland replaced Doty and led the Gamecocks on a game-winning drive in a 21–20 win.[13] Noland was named the starter again, after it was confirmed that Doty had reinjured his foot, ending his season.[14] On October 23, against Texas A&M, Noland was benched in the fourth quarter for Jason Brown,[15] and it was later revealed that he would undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.[16] Although he hoped to make it in time to start against Florida,[17] Noland missed the next three games, and replaced Jason Brown in the fourth quarter of a shutout loss to Clemson.[18] Noland made his final appearance for the Gamecocks at the 2021 Duke's Mayo Bowl, and although wide receiver Dakereon Joyner was favored over him, he still managed to complete three pass attempts for 82 yards and a touchdown.[19]

College statistics

Season Team Passing Rushing Ref
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2017 Iowa State 36 66 54.5 533 8.1 2 1 1 −9 −9.0 0 [20]
2018 Iowa State 70 110 63.6 722 6.6 4 1 7 −13 −1.9 0 [20]
2019 North Dakota State 9 14 64.3 120 8.6 1 0 1 −2 −2.0 0 [20]
2020 North Dakota State 51 100 51.0 721 7.2 5 6 16 19 1.2 1 [21]
2021 South Carolina 39 67 58.2 512 7.6 6 1 15 −21 −1.4 0 [20]
Career 205 357 57.4 2,608 7.3 18 9 40 –26 –0.7 1 [20]

Coaching career

In 2022, Noland returned to his previous role as a graduate assistant coach.[22]

For the 2023 season, Noland was the offensive coordinator for the Jefferson High School,[23] coaching with his father Travis Noland. He was part of the coaching staff for five star linebacker and Clemson commit Sammy Brown. Noland was also part of the coaching staff for all-state selection Gavin Markey and lineman Brian Senter.[24]

On February 9th, 2023, Noland was named the quarterbacks coach for the Murray State Racers,[25] as he worked alongside Jody Wright at South Carolina. Murray State extended a scholarship offer to Jefferson quarterback Gavin Markey shortly after.[26]

Personal life

Noland holds a degree in university studies from North Dakota State University, graduating in December 2019.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Zeb Noland – Biography". North Dakota State University. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Dennis, Ryne. "Oconee County coach finds way to see sons play college football in the Dakotas". Online Athens. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Zeb Noland – Football". University of South Carolina Athletics. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Booth, Trevor (September 1, 2021). "Who is Zeb Noland? Meet the South Carolina grad assistant-turned-QB1 for Gamecocks". SportingNews. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Zeb Noland – Timeline of Events". 247Sports. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  6. ^ Associated Press (November 18, 2017). "Iowa State ends 2-game skid with 23–13 victory at Baylor". ESPN. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Holden Hotchkiss to Transfer". BisonReport. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  8. ^ Chiusano, Anthony (January 13, 2020). "North Dakota State football beats James Madison for eighth FCS championship". NCAA. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "Zeb Noland Won't Return To NDSU In The Fall". KVRR Local News. April 26, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  10. ^ Roberts, Jeff (August 31, 2021). "Former NDSU quarterback and current South Carolina graduate assistant Zeb Noland to start for Gamecocks this Saturday". KFYR. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  11. ^ Fry, Devin (August 17, 2021). "Former Bison QB Zeb Noland joins South Carolina". Valley News Live. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "ESPN Box Score – Eastern Illinois at South Carolina – September 4, 2021". ESPN. September 4, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  13. ^ Iacobelli, Pete (October 17, 2021). "Ex-grad assistant Noland rallies South Carolina to 21-20 win". Associated Press. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  14. ^ Rieken, Kristin (October 21, 2021). "Former grad assistant back at QB for SC against No. 17 A&M". Associated Press. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  15. ^ "Wydermyer scores twice as No. 17 A&M routs Gamecocks 44-14". CBS Sports. October 24, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2023 – via Associated Press.
  16. ^ "South Carolina QB Noland to have surgery for torn meniscus". Associated Press. October 26, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  17. ^ Cloninger, David (October 27, 2021). "Gamecocks could turn to Jason Brown at quarterback with Zeb Noland on the mend". Post & Courier. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  18. ^ "Clemson wins 7th straight over rival South Carolina 30-0". CBS Sports. November 28, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2023 – via Associated Press.
  19. ^ Reed, Steve (December 30, 2021). "Beamer gets mayonnaise bath as South Carolina wins Mayo Bowl". Associated Press. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Player Stats – Zeb Noland". ESPN. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  21. ^ "North Dakota State 2020 Football Stats". North Dakota State University. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  22. ^ Cloninger, David (August 7, 2022). "Gamecocks' coach-turned-QB Zeb Noland settles back into coach's role". Post & Courier. Retrieved May 12, 2023.
  23. ^ https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article285295547.html
  24. ^ https://twitter.com/JeffersonFootba/status/1758875446089760911
  25. ^ https://twitter.com/racersfootball/status/1756024557473853927
  26. ^ https://twitter.com/GavinMarkey2025/status/1751233891359240608

External links

  • Media related to Zeb Noland at Wikimedia Commons
  • Murray State profile
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