2010 Defensive Line 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 9th.

Previous winners of the Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Dick Bumpas (TCU, 2008) and Jim Panagos (Central Florida, 2009).

Craig Kuligowski Bill Kirelawich Dan Brooks Chris Rumph
Missouri West Virginia Clemson Clemson

Craig Kuligowski – University of Missouri

In his tenth season at Missouri, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski helped the Tigers finish 6th nationally in scoring defense and 6th nationally in sacks, while in route to a 10-2 regular season. Under the tutelage of Kuligowski, junior Aldon Smith was recognized as 1st Team All Big Twelve, while sophomore Jacquies Smith earned 2nd Team honors. The two defensive ends combined for 14.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and 3 forced fumbles. In part due to the constantly disruptive Tigers’ defensive line, Mizzou allowed just 15 points per game, 10 points less per game than in 2009. Mizzou even pitched shutouts against Colorado and Iowa State. Kuligowski’s defensive line help Missouri average 6.83 tackles-for-loss per game and forced 27 turnovers on the season. Missouri led the nation in red zone defense by limiting opponents to score just 17 of 31 times inside the Mizzou red zone.

Key stats
2 All Big 12 defensive linemen
1st in Red Zone Defense
6th in Sacks (3.08 per game)
6th in Scoring Defense (15 PPG)
19th in Turnovers Gained (27)
21st in Tackles-for-Loss (6.8 per game)

Bill Kirelawich – West Virginia University

Veteran coach Bill Kirelawich guided a defensive line front that helped West Virginia finish 2nd nationally in Rushing Defense and Scoring Defense (12.7 PPG). The foursome of Julian Miller, Chris Neild, Scooter Berry, and Bruce Irvin combined for an incredible 27 sacks. In his first year out of junior college, Irvin recorded 12 sacks with a forced fumble. Several coaches in the profession nominated Kirelawich for this award. One highly respected coach told FootballScoop, “I’ll nominate Bill Kirelawich. Gap control as good any anyone in the country I’ve seen. They are really tough in the red zone.” In fact, WVU led the nation is opponent touchdown percentage in the red zone (30%). The Mountaineers allowed just one rushing touchdown on twenty drives in the red zone.

Key stats
1st in Red Zone touchdown percentage (30%)
2nd in Rushing Defense (85 YPG)
2nd in Scoring Defense (12.7 PPG)
3rd in Scoring Defense (12.7 PPG)
3rd in Sacks (3.3 per game)
3rd in Total Defense (251 YPG)

Dan Brooks and Chris Rumph – Clemson University

Clemson assistants Dan Brooks and Chris Rumph coached one of the most talented and product groups in the country. Under the tutelage of Rumph, Da’Quan Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks and was recognized as First Team All-ACC. Bowers was also honored as the winner of the Bronco Nagurski Award for the nation’s top defensive player.  Brooks helped defensive tackles Jarvis Jenkins and Brandon Thompson combine for 16.5 tackles-for-loss. Jenkins was also named First Team All-ACC. The Tigers finished 9th in scoring defense (17.7 PPG), 12th in tackles-for-loss (7.3 per game), and 23rd in total defense (323 YPG). One opposing coach told us, “The best in our league…and it’s not just Bowers. They developed the young guys. The 2’s and 3’s are talented and they make plays. Even when they don’t get sacks, their front hurries the quarterback constantly.” 

Key stats
2 lineman named First Team All-ACC
Bowers led the nation in sacks (15.5)
9th in Scoring Defense (17.7 PPG) 12th in Tackles-for-Loss (7.3 per game)
23rd in Total Defense (323 YPG)
30th in Rushing Defense (131 YPG)

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