2010 Defensive Backs Coach of the Year

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs 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 athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients will determine the the 2010 winners. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however a panel of coaches make the final decision.  Voting for this award ends on Thursday December 16th.

Previous winners of the Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award are Tim Billings (Wake Forest, 2008) and Troy Douglas and Everett Withers (North Carolina, 2009).

Marcel Yates Marvin Sanders Taver Johnson Paul Haynes Clay Jennings Chad Glasgow
Boise State Nebraska Ohio State Ohio State TCU TCU

Marcel Yates – Boise State University

Under the tutelage of defensive backs coach Marcel Yates, Boise State led the nation in fewest receptions (30) allowed of 20+ yards. The Broncos allowed just one reception the entire season over 40 yards. Safeties Geore Iloka and Jeron Johnson earned First Team All-WAC, while corner Brandyn Thompson was recognized on the Second Team All-WAC team. The trio combined for 8 takeaways. The Broncos finished 11-1 and co-champions of the WAC.  The defense finished the season with 14 interceptions including 3 for touchdowns. One opposing coach told FootballScoop, “In the secondary, they are really physical. I mean, they will really hit you. Our guys noticed that on film and quite honestly it may have affected us going into the game.” Yates is in his eighth year on the coaching staff at Boise State.

Key stats
3 players earned All-WAC honors
3rd in Passing Defense (155 YPG)
4th in Total Defense (259 YPG)
4th in Scoring Defense (14.4 PPG)
4th in Third Down Defense (29.5%)

Marvin Sanders – University of Nebraska

Veteran coach Marvin Sanders developed a game-changing group of defensive backs. Under Sanders, corner Prince Amukamara was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, while nickel back Eric Hagg earned First Team All-Big 12 honors, as well. Opponents completed just 49% of passing attempts against the Huskers. Sanders’ group helped the Huskers record 19 interceptions (5th nationally) and limited opponents to only 29% third-down conversions (3rd nationally). Early in the year, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said Nebraska’s defense is the best pattern reading defense he’s seen in ten years. One opposing coach we talked with said, “Coach Sanders has always done a great job. I know that for certain, but this group was special. To move the ball in the passing game against Nebraska, you absolutely have to throw the ball on time. The margin of error is tiny. You’re going to earn every completion.” Nebraska finished 10-3 and has earned a trip to the Holiday Bowl.

Key stats
3rd in Opponent Completion Percentage (49%)
3rd in Third Down Defense (29%)
5th in Interceptions (19)
7th in Passing Defense (159 YPG)
8th in Scoring Defense (17.2 PPG)
10th in Total Defense (304 YPG)

Taver Johnson and Paul Haynes – Ohio State University

Corners coach Taver Johnson and safeties coach Paul Haynes are finalists for the second consecutive year for this award.  Under their leadership, the Buckeyes allowed just one reception the entire season over 40 yards. In fact, Ohio State allowed just 31 receptions all season for 20+ yards, 2nd fewest in the country. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and safety Jermale Hines earned First Team All-Big Ten honors. The starters in the secondary finished with 7 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles, while helping the Buckeyes finish 2nd nationally in total defense (250 YPG) and 3rd nationally in scoring defense (13.3 PPG). One opposing coach described the Ohio State secondary by saying, “They are everything you want…disciplined with their eyes, they tackle, and they close really fast. It’s a very well coached group. They play really well as a group and understand where there help is on every play.” The Buckeyes finished 11-1 and have earned a trip the All-State Sugar Bowl.

Key stats
1st in Opponent Passing TDs (7)
2 First Team All Big Ten players
2nd in Total Defense (250 YPG)
3rd in Total Defense (13.3 PPG)
4th in Passing Defense (156 YPG)
5th in Third Down Defense (30%)

Clay Jennings and Chad Glasgow – TCU

Coaches Clay Jennings (corners) and Chad Glasgow (safeties) helped develop three All-Mountain West Conference defensive backs, while leading the nation in third-down defense, passing defense, scoring defense, and total defense. Senior safety Tejay Johnson was recognized as First Team All-MWC, while safety Colin Jones and corner Jason Teague earned Second Team All-MWC honors. The trio combined for 6 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. TCU allowed just 41 receptions for 20+ yards all season, 11th best in the country. The Horned Frogs finished with 12 interceptions and led the nation in opponent completion percentage (48%). One opposing coach told us, “They leverage the ball as well as any secondary I’ve seen. They have developed some really talented players and you just don’t see a weakness to take advantage of.” Another coach told us, “I’ve been doing this a long time. When you see TCU play in person, you totally sense the pride they take in playing great defense. Watch them after a third-down stop. They are pumped every time.” TCU finished 12-0 and has earned a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Key stats
3 All MWC defensive backs
1st in Third Down Defense (21.8%)
1st in Passing Defense (126 YPG)
1st in Scoring Defense (11.4 PPG)
1st in Total Defense (215 YPG)

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