Doug Meacham and Rusty Burns – Wide Receivers Coaches of the Year
Doug Meacham and Rusty Burns, Texas Christian University
FootballScoop is proud to announce that Doug Meacham and Rusty Burns (TCU) are the 2014 FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coaches of the Year presented by ProGrass.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin drew the praise and postseason honors for the Horned Frogs’ seven-win turnaround from 2013 to 2014, but it was Doug Meacham and Rusty Burns’ deep group of wideouts that made the team’s Big 12 co-championship possible.
The Frogs’ passing offense averaged jumped more than 100 yards per game – improving from 73rd to seventh nationally – thanks to one of the deepest wide receiver corps in college football. By the end of TCU’s Peach Bowl date with Ole Miss, five separate wide receivers will have hauled in at least 30 passes and, equally important, all five took turns serving as Boykin’s primary target at separate points this season.
Josh Doctson led the way with 59 grabs for 959 yards and nine touchdowns (including a monster seven catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-9 win over Oklahoma State), while Kolby Listenbee caught 38 balls for 709 yards and three scores, Deante’ Gray nabbed 34 passes for 564 yards and eight scores, David Porter secured 36 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns, and Ty Slanina hauled in 29 grabs for 367 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, eight total wideouts caught at least 10 passes this season.
Overall, TCU threw for an average of 332.8 yards per game and an average of 13.4 yards on its 298 completions – most of any team in college football with at least 290 completions – with 33 total touchdowns, which ranks 12th nationally.
The Frogs also ranked among the top 15 in completions of 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-plus yards.
“Their relationship is awesome,” head coach Gary Patterson said of his assistants this spring. “I think the whole group has meshed real well. They’ve brought a lot of energy and new ideas.”
Meacham is in his first season as the Frogs’ co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. He spent the 2013 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston, and prior to that spent eight seasons coaching wide receivers at Oklahoma State. An Oklahoma State graduate, Meacham has also coordinated offenses at Samford, Henderson State, Jacksonville State and Georgia Military. Burns has completed six seasons on the TCU staff, and prior to that spent four seasons across the Metroplex as the offensive coordinator at SMU. A Springfield College graduate, Burns also has coordinator experience at Cincinnati, Wyoming, Memphis and Connecticut.
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. The finalists (David Beaty [Texas A&M], Kendall Briles [Baylor], Donnie Kirkpatrick and Dave Nichol [East Carolina], Billy Napier [Alabama] and Meacham and Burns) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.
Meacham and Burns will receive their award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA 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), Matt Lubick (Duke, 2012) and Lawrence Dawsey (Florida State, 2013).
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Bryan McClendon – 2014 Running Backs Coach of the Year
Bryan McClendon, University of Georgia
FootballScoop is proud to announce that Bryan McClendon (Georgia) is the 2014 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.
Bryan McClendon started this season with a Heisman Trophy contender and two capable back-ups. He ended it with a true freshman, and Georgia was able to run the ball just the same.
Todd Gurley carried the Bulldogs for the first half of the season and looked every bit like the best player in the nation, ripping off 15 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Clemson, 131 against South Carolina, 208 and two touchdowns against Tennessee and 163 and two touchdowns in a blowout of Vanderbilt. Then Gurley was suspended for four games, and freshman Nick Chubb came on like a freight train.
Chubb’s first start came in a 34-0 drubbing of SEC East champion Missouri, rushing 38 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with 202 yards and two scores in a win over Arkansas. In seven starts, Chubb never rushed for less than 113 yards (and that came on just nine carries in a 55-9 win over Charleston Southern) and scored at least one touchdown in all of them.
Despite not starting a game until mid-October, Chubb finished second in the SEC with 1,281 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries – good for 6.89 yards per carry, half a yard better than any other SEC rusher with at least 170 carries. And despite playing in only one game after the midpoint of the season, Gurley finished ninth in the SEC with 911 yards and nine touchdowns on 123 carries – good for 7.41 yards per carry, second best among all runners in the conference.
As a unit, Georgia ran the ball 502 times for 3,060 yards (255 per game, 13th nationally), 35 touchdowns (11th) and 6.1 yards per carry (seventh). The Dogs also ripped off 30 rushes of 20 yards and 20 rushes of 30 yards or more, both of which rank among the top 10 nationally.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo told FootballScoop, “Coach McClendon gets young guys ready to play better than anybody I’ve ever been around. He has done it 4 years in a row and his guys keep producing. He is a big reason for the success that we have had at UGA.”
A former Bulldogs wide receiver, McClendon is in his eighth year as a member of Mark Richt’s coaching staff – two as a graduate assistant, and the last six as running backs coach. He was also added to recruiting coordinator duties in 2014. McClendon is a native of Chicago, Ill.
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. The finalists (Deland McCullough [Indiana], Cale Gundy [Oklahoma] and McClendon) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.
McClendon will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.
Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009), Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010), Frank Wilson (LSU, 2011), Calvin Magee (Arizona, 2012) and Jeff Lebby (Baylor, 2013).
2 running backs with at least 900 yards 11th Nationally – Rushing Touchdowns 7th Nationally – Yards Per Carry 13th Nationally – Rushing Offense
FootballScoop radio: Updates on Michigan, Pitt, Georgia, Florida and more
Quick four minute segment from last night.
Topics: Michigan’s search, an update at Pitt, Georgia’s new strength hire (with a great back story about him), Florida’s “search” for OC…and how that impacts Alabama and what Dana Holgorsen plans to do to fill the open slot at WVU.
FootballScoop radio, every Sunday night, available on ESPN radio originating out of 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge.
Video: Butch Jones hands one player the best gift of bowl season
Before breaking out into position meetings, Butch Jones planned on handing out a few gifts to players who had their best practices during bowl prep.
Alex Ellis, a walk on tight end from Delaware, was called down to receive his gift and unwrapped it in front of the entire team. It’s a very touching moment.
With all due respect, this has to be the best gift of bowl season anywhere, and is definitely the only gift that a player can call home with news of that is enough to bring any mom to tears.
FootballScoop radio: Update on Colorado State’s search
Late last week, the word in the profession was the Colorado State would like to have their new head coach today.
Friday night & Saturday word began to get out that the university had informed a number of candidates who had interviewed that they would not be getting the job. You typically only do that when you have a strong indication that your number one guy will accept.
There had been a lot of thinking in the profession that this would be the one that Scott Frost would go accept; but in our checking it sounds like Frost has turned down the opportunity. We discussed this as well as the candidacy of Mike Bobo and Vance Bedford on last night’s FootballScoop radio show. Have a quick listen.
With regards to Mike Bobo, who a number of coaches are beginning to feel will be the guy here, I offer that this is like hiring Mac 2.0; but without the local connections (successful SEC offensive coordinator who runs enough of a pro style, yet still adaptable offense).
As this one plays out we’ll keep you posted on The Scoop.