Bo Davis – University of Alabama

FootballScoop is proud to announce that Bo Davis is the 2015 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.

To say Alabama had an outstanding defensive line this season is to state the obvious. But to say Alabama’s 2015 front stood head and shoulders above even other Crimson Tide defensive fronts is to fully encapsulate what Davis’ unit accomplished this fall.

In fact, one can make an argument Alabama’s defensive line was not only the best of its kind in college football — but the best unit, period.

For starters, the Tide were their usual unforgiving selves when facing the run. Alabama allowed 991 yards on 430 carries (2.30 per carry) with six touchdowns — all the fewest in the nation. The Tide are the only team in the eight-year FootballScoop awards program to allow less than 1,000 rushing yards over 14 games, and their 2.30 average is the third-fewest since 2008.

Davis’s charges played their best when the competition was the stiffest: Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida and Michigan State rushed a combined 294 times for 486 yards (1.65 per carry) with three touchdowns. Only Georgia’s 193 yards on 5.08 per carry resembled anything close to success against Alabama — in a game the Tide won 38-10.

In addition to stonewalling most rushing plays (Alabama allowed 31 carries of 10-plus yards, second-fewest in FBS, and six rushes of 20 or more, the fewest in the country), the Tide also produced 101 tackles for loss, 10th-most in college football.

But it was in rushing the passer where Alabama’s defensive line truly jumped to historic levels. Alabama led the country with 50 sacks and 3.57 sacks per game. Consider for a moment that Alabama’s standout 2011 defense, for which all modern defenses are judged against, recorded 30 sacks.

All told, Alabama’s ferocious front laid the groundwork for a defense that ranked second nationally in total defense (256.8 yards per game), second in yards per play allowed (4.09), fourth in pass efficiency defense (99.48), third in opponent completion percentage (49.1) and first in scoring defense (13.4).

Individually, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson took home consensus All-America honors, and fellow tackle Jonathan Allen earned a First Team All-SEC nod from the league’s coaches.

An LSU graduate, Davis was an All-SEC nose guard for the Tigers in 1992. This fall marked Davis’ second year in his second stint coaching Alabama’s defensive line under head coach Nick Saban, a post he previously held from 2007-10 (Davis coached at Texas from 2011-13). Davis also worked under Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins.

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 (Ben Albert [Boston College], Dan Brooks and Marion Hobby [Clemson], Larry Johnson [Penn State], Sean Spencer [Ohio State] and Davis) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.

Davis will be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention next week. The 13-1 Tide will meet Clemson for the national championship on Monday night.

Previous winners of the Defensive Line Coach of the Year award are Dick Bumpas (TCU, 2008), Jim Panagos (Central Florida, 2009), Bill Kirelawich (West Virginia, 2010), Brick Haley (LSU, 2011), Randy Hart (Stanford, 2012), Ron Burton (Michigan State, 2013) and Craig Kuligowski (Missouri, 2014).


1st Nationally – Rushing Defense           1st Nationally – Sacks Per Game
1st Nationally – Yards Per Carry Allowed           1st Nationally – Scoring Defense

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