2010 Defensive Coordinator 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 Friday December 10th.

Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award are Nick Holt (USC, 2008) and Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009).

Dick Bumpas Jeff Casteel Vic Fangio Jim Heacock
TCU West Virginia Stanford Ohio State

Dick Bumpas – TCU

By allowing just 215 yards per game, TCU has become only the third program in the history of college football to lead the nation in total defense for three consecutive seasons. It’s safe to say defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas and head coach Gary Patterson know how to coach defense.  The Horned Frogs lead the nation in scoring defense, total defense, and third-down defense.  In fact, against MWC opponents, TCU allowed scores on only 11 of 100 drives.  TCU also leads the nation by limiting 7 opponents to less than 10 points.

Key stats
1st in Scoring Defense (11.4 PPG)
1st in Total Defense (215 YPG)
1st in Passing Defense (126 YPG)
1st in Third Down Defense (21.8%)
2nd in Fewest Yards per Play (4.0)
3rd in Rushing Defense (89 YPG)
53rd in Sacks (2.08 per game)

Jeff Casteel – West Virginia University

Jeff Casteel’s defense has forced 53 three & outs and ranks 2nd nationally in scoring defense.  The Mountaineers (8-3) have simply dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing just 87 rushing yards per game.  Not a single opponent has score more than 21 against WVU, while six opponents have been held to 10 or less points.  By winning first down, WVU has forced teams to become one dimensional, allowing Casteel to dial up another blitz.  West Virginia has taken advantage, causing over 3 sacks per game, 6th best in the country. LSU, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Pittsburgh combined for 30 offensive points against the Mountaineers.

Key stats
1st in Fewest Touchdowns Allowed (13)
2nd in Third Down Defense (25%)
2nd in Rushing Defense (87 YPG)
2nd in Scoring Defense (12.6 PPG)
3rd in Fewest Yards per Play (4.19)
3rd in Total Defense (255 YPG)
4th in Three & Outs (53)
6th in Sacks (3.03 per game)
33rd in Tackles for Loss (6.5 per game)
54th in Turnovers Gained (21)

Vic Fangio – Stanford University

In his first season at Stanford, Vic Fangio’s defense held three PAC-10 opponents scoreless (UCLA, Washington, Oregon State), while the Cardinal broke a school record for wins in a season with eleven.  Stanford finished 11th nationally in scoring defense and currently leads the PAC-10 in scoring defense.  The Cardinal allowed just 44 points over the last final five games of the season.  Fangio’s success in his first year is even more impressive considering the defensive staff had two other newcomers to the coaching staff last off-season (Derek Mason and Randy Hart).  The most dominant performance of the year came against Washington when Stanford allowed just 107 total yards.

Key stats
8th in Turnovers Gained (29)
11th in Scoring Defense (17.8 PPG)
24th in Total Defense (325 YPG)
25th in Rushing Defense (125 YPG)
33rd in Third Down Conversions (36%)
22nd in Fewest Touchdowns Allowed (28)

Jim Heacock – Ohio State University

Under the leadership of defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, the Buckeyes forced 29 turnovers and finished 3rd nationally in scoring defense (13.3 PPG).  Once again, Ohio State played dominating run defense and totally eliminated explosive plays.  In fact, Heacock’s defense led the nation in fewest plays allowed over 30 yards (11).  Ohio State was one of two teams to not allow a single play all season for 50+ yards.  In addition to serving as the defensive coordinator, Heacock coaches the Buckeye’s defensive front.

Key stats
2nd in Total Defense (250 YPG)
3rd in Scoring Defense (13.3 PPG)
4th in Third Down Defense (30%)
4th in Passing Defense (156 YPG)
4th in Fewest Yards per Play (4.23)
6th in Rushing Defense (94 YPG)
8th in Turnovers Gained (29)

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