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Wide Receivers 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 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award are Bobby Kennedy (Texas – 2008), Zach Azzanni (Central Michigan – 2009), Brent Pease (Boise State – 2010), Ted Gilmore (USC – 2011) and Matt Lubick (Duke – 2012).

David BeatyWide Receivers Coach of the YearFinalist

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In year two of his time in Aggieland, Johnny Manziel has seen a noticeable increase in his completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating – all while losing the most productive wide receiver in college football history.

On his way to a First-Team All-America honor, Mike Evans produced an insane 18 grabs for 566 yards and five touchdowns against Alabama and Auburn. He now owns two of the top five receiving days in SEC history. On the season, Evans ranks eighth nationally with 1,322 receiving yards and a dozen scores on 65 catches.

After catching all of eight passes last season, senior Derel Walker ranks 11th in the SEC with 45 catches for 705 yards and four touchdowns. Former walk-on Travis Labhart made the first catch of his career this season, and then went on to make 43 more for 550 yards and five touchdowns. Labhart has averaged six grabs for 74 yards over his past seven games. Malcome Kennedy – the Aggie who made the catch to beat Alabama in 2012 – saw improvements in catches (26 to 55), yards (285 to 606) and touchdowns (two to seven).

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

566 – Evans’ receiving yards against Alabama and Auburn

4 – Texas A&M has 4 of the SEC’s top 17 WRs

1st – A&M is tied for 1st nationally with 70 catches of 20+ yards

2 – Evans is one of two players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards and 20 yards per catch

 

Lawrence DawseyWide Receivers Coach of the YearFinalist

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Dawsey has been at Florida State for seven successful seasons – but he’s never had the talent at his fingertips like this year’s crop of Seminoles wide receivers.

Heralded as perhaps the top wide receiving corps in the country, Florida State goes three deep with top-shelf wideouts. Rashad Greene leads the club with 61 grabs for 914 yards and nine touchdowns. Kenny Shaw ranks second with 48 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns. And Kelvin Benjamin rounds out the bunch with 45 receptions for 838 yards and a dozen scores.

Benjamin leads the ACC in touchdown receptions, and Greene ranks fourth. Benjamin and Shaw rank fifth and sixth, respectively, among ACC receivers in yards per reception, and the entire trio ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in receiving yards.

Along with tight end Nick O’Leary – himself a John Mackey Award finalist for the top tight end honor in the country – Jameis Winston would be wise to break off a chunk of his Heisman Trophy and leave it in Dawsey’s office.

 

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

3 – FSU boasts three of the top 10 in ACC in receiving yards

1st – Benjamin leads the ACC in touchdown receptions

5th Nationally – FSU ranks 5th nationally in catches of 20+ yards (64)

 

Keith GaitherWide Receivers Coach of the YearFinalist

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In his third year at Ball State and fifth working for Pete Lembo, Keith Gaither has turned in a stellar season, helping the Cardinals turn in a 10-2 season.

Willie Snead ranks fourth nationally with 1,429 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns on 97 receptions. He has nine 100-yard receiving games and a half-dozen outings with at least nine grabs. While Snead is more than capable of handling the Ball State passing attack by himself, he gets plenty of help.

Sophomore Jordan Williams places 38th nationally with 1,016 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 68 grabs, and senior Jamill Smith rounds out the trio with 63 receptions for 855 yards and eight scores. All told, Ball State has three players that rank in the top 52 nationally in receptions.

 

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

3 of the top 52 players nationally in receptions

4th – Willie Snead ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards

9th in receptions of 10+ yards (155)

4th Snead ranks fourth nationally in receptions

 

#1 nationally in rush attempts (676)

 

Josh GattisWide Receivers Coach of the YearFinalist

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Try to make sense of this. Vanderbilt quarterbacks rank 67th nationally in passing yards and 49th in passing efficiency. Yet they have two of the top 70 most productive receivers in the country.

Let’s start with Jordan Matthews, because Matthews is the key to the entire Vanderbilt offense. The senior ranks fourth nationally in receptions (107) and seventh in receiving yards (1,334). He alone accounts for more than 45 percent of Vanderbilt’s completions, 47 percent of its passing yards and 38 percent of its passing touchdowns.

Add in senior wideout Jonathan Krause, who ranks ninth in the SEC with 703 receiving yards and seventh in the conference with 17.15 yards per reception, and there you have the Vanderbilt offense. Those two seniors are responsible for nearly 73 percent of the team’s passing yards, 62 percent of the team’s completions and nearly 62 percent of its passing touchdowns.

 

CoY2013-120-150Key Stats:

 

4th Nationally – Jordan Matthews ranks fourth nationally in catches

7th Nationally – Matthews ranks seventh in receiving yards

7th Nationally – Krause ranks 7th in the SEC in yards per catch (17.15)

4 – Number of Matthews games with at least 10 catches and 100 yards

 

 



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