Offensive Line Coach of the Year – Finalists

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards, presented by ProGrass, are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors and other athletic department personnel. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of this award and will be announced in January. 

The 2013 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention in January. 

Previous winners of the Offensive Line Coach of the Year award are Steve Greatwood (Oregon – 2008), Tony Wise (Pittsburgh – 2009), Bob Bostad (Wisconsin – 2010), Greg Studrawa (LSU – 2011) and Ed Warinner (Ohio State – 2012).

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Mike BloomgrenOffensive Line Coach of the YearFinalist

stanford.120 Mike Bloomgren’s unit is nationally recognized for being one of the toughest and most physical units in the country because everyone knows what they want to do, and they’re going to do it with 8, 9 or 10 guys in the box. The guys on The Farm were one of the most consistent units in the country, allowing just 1 sack per game, and 4 tackles for loss per contest (#6 nationally) while only being called for holding twice the entire season. The big unit up front paved the way for running back Tyler Gaffney to almost quadruple his run production from last season (449 rushing yards as a junior to 1,626 yards as a senior). Gaffney also ranks in the top 15 in rushing ypg (#9 – 125), rushing touchdowns (#5 – 20). To bring that physical mindset into each game and still rank in the top 25 in numerous offensive categories is a testament to the type of culture that Bloomgren has been able to cultivate out in Palo Alto, and why many coaches consider him one of the best in the business.
CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

Only 1 sack allowed per game

Only 2 holding penalties all season

6th nationally in tackles for loss allowed

7th nationally in rushing yards / carry on 4th down (9)

Justin FryeOffensive Line Coach of the YearFinalist

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When people think of the top rushing performances in the history of college football, they’re going to remember the year that Boston College had in 2013, in large part because of what Justin Frye was able to do in his first season at Boston College. In the first seven games Frye’s unit had already produced a 1,000 yard rusher in Andre Williams, but the second half of the season saw the big guys up front dominate like no one had ever seen. Behind the front five, Williams finished with 2,102 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and the unit got better as the game wore on. By the time the 4th quarter rolled around, the Eagles were ripping teams for 7 yards per carry. Frye’s unit was excellent at getting to second and third level defenders to make way for Williams, who led the country in runs of 20+, 30+, 40+., 50+ and 60+ yards. It may be a while before we see another rushing performance like Boston College’s bigs were able to produce this season, and we have Justin Frye to thank for that.

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

#1 nationally in 4th qtr rushing ypc (7)

#1 – Andre Williams led the country in runs of 20+ – 60+ yards.

13 – paved the way for more rushing yds in Nov than 12 teams totaled all season

#13 nationally in rushing ypc (5.47)

 

JB GrimesOffensive Line Coach of the YearFinalist

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To see just how dominant the Auburn run game has been this year under JB Grimes, one would just need to look at the SEC title game when they paved the way for Tre Mason to set the SEC title game record of 304 rushing yards (195 in the first half) and 4 touchdowns. Against the SEC’s best rush defense (Alabama), Auburn ran for nearly 300 yards. The offensive staff has so much confidence in the offensive line that they won multiple SEC games this season with less than 10 pass attempts. The Tigers lead the nation in rushing by over 12 yards per game (336), and the unit has led the way for both running back Tre Mason, and quarterback Nick Marshall to rank among the top 47 nationally in rushing yards. In fact, four Auburn players average more than 5.6 yards per carry, with running back Corey Grant leading the pack with 10 yards per carry (2nd nationally). On third and between one and three, when everyone in the stadium knows they’re going to run the ball, Auburn is averaging nearly 9 yards per carry and perhaps most impressively, with just as many games against ranked opponents as Stanford, Auburn’s offensive line has paved the way for nearly 500 more rushing yards in those games. The definition of power football used to be thought of as under center, but JB Grimes and Auburn have made a serious dent in that philosophy this season with Malzahn’s multi-faceted spread attack.

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

#1 – Lead the country in rushing ypg (336 ypg)

#1 in rushing yards against ranked opponents

#2 nationally in ypc avg on 3rd and 1-3 (9ypc)

#3 in rushing yards compiled in the second half of games (2057)

#1 nationally in rush attempts (676)

 

TJ WoodsOffensive Line Coach of the YearFinalist

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Even after losing one of the most productive backs in FBS history last season, the Badger offensive line came out and paved the way for James White and Melvin Gordon to both rush for over 1,300 yards and at least 12 touchdowns each. Wisconsin is one of the few schools that when you hear the name during the fall, you immediately think of the offensive line, and Woods was able to get his unit to exceed many of the national expectations. The Badgers got stronger as the game went on, ranking 10th nationally in yards gained in the second half, and led the nation in rushing touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Woods also led a unit that ranked second nationally in yards per carry (6.61), 8th in rushing yards per game (283 ypg), and also led the country in long rushing plays of 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, and 80+ yards. Somewhere like Wisconsin those kinds of numbers are almost expected, and for a first year assistant coach to deliver like Woods has is huge in Madison.

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

#1 nationally in 4th quarter rushing TDs (13)

#1 nationally in explosive rushers over 40 yards (14)

#2 in yards per carry average (6.61)

#2 nationally in 30+ yard runs (21)

2 – Two different 1,300 yard / 12 TD rushers

 



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