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2010 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year


2010 Special Teams Coordinator

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 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year award are James Shibest (Ole Miss, 2008) and Mike Tolleson (Texas, 2009).



Joe DeForest
Tom Osborne
John Papuchis
Joe Robinson
Oklahoma StateOregonNebraskaLSU




Joe DeForest – Oklahoma State University

Under special teams coordinator Joe DeForest, the Cowboys finished 2nd in Net Punting, led the nation in kickoff touchback percentage (54%), did not allow a single blocked kick or punt, and scored 5 touchdowns on special teams.  Quinn Sharp’s 54% touchbacks (53 of 98) led the country by far, but the unit also allowed 4 touchdowns.  The opponent’s average starting field position after a kick-off was the 27 yard-line.   Dan Bailey connected on 24 of 28 field-goal attempts including a game-winner against Texas A&M with seconds remaining.


Key stats
1st in Kickoff touchback percentage (54%)
2nd in Net Punting (41 YPP)
36th in Punt Return Avg. (9.8 YPR)42nd in Kickoff Return Avg. (22.7 YPR)
Allowed 16 punt returns for 161 yards
Blocked 2 punts and 5 touchdowns




Tom Osborne – University of Oregon

Under special teams coordinator Tom Osborne, the Ducks led the nation in Punt Return Average, scored 5 touchdowns, totally eliminated big plays from opponents, and finished 20th nationally in Net Punting. Not kidding, only 5 of 94 kick-offs were returned past the opponent’s own 40 yard-line and 3 of the 5 came in the first game of the year (72-0 win over New Mexico). Only 2 of 35 punts resulted in touchbacks. 6 punts resulted in a fair catch, while 17 of 35 were spotted inside the 20 yard-line. The Ducks did not allow a blocked punt. 12 of 96 kick-offs resulted in touchbacks and the opponent’s average starting field positions after a kick-off was the 24 yard line. Finally, as if the Ducks’ offense needed any help, Coach Osborne’s guys averaged over 19 yards a punt return.


Key stats
20th in Net Punting (38.5 YPP)
34th in Kickoff Return Avg. (23.1 YPR)
Allowed 12 punt returns for 110 yards
5 touchdowns from punt return unit
11 of 14 field goal attempts (1 blocked)





John Papuchis – University of Nebraska

Under special teams coordinator John Papuchis, Nebraska’s return units thrived, the kick-off coverage team dominated, and field-goal kicker Alex Henery converted 16 of 17 attempts. The punt return unit averaged 15 yards per return and the kick-off return unit averaged 24 yards per return. Both units scored a touchdown this season. Henery’s only unsuccessful attempt was blocked from 51 yards out in the Husker’s 31-17 win over Missouri. Only 5 of 55 punts resulted in touchbacks. 23 punts were downed inside the 20 yard-line, while 10 punts resulted in a fair catch. The Huskers did not allow a blocked punt. 35 of 78 kick-offs resulted in touchbacks. That’s 44% and third best in the country. The average starting field position after a kick-off for opponents was the 23 yard-line.


Key stats
38th in Net Punting (37.3 YPP)
15th in Punt Return Avg. (15.3 YPR)
22nd in Kickoff Return Avg. (24.1 YPR)
Allowed 21 punt returns for 242 yards
16 of 17 field goal attempts
2 touchdowns




Joe Robinson – Louisiana State University

LSU special teams coordinator Joe Robinson helped the Tigers finish in top 12 nationally in Net Punting, Kick-off Return Average, and Punt Return Average. As usual, the Tigers executed a couple of fakes including a critical over-the-head flip in Gainesville to setup the game-winning touchdown. Field-goal kicker Josh Jasper connected on 26 of 31 attempts and dropped several punts inside the opponent’s five yard-line. 28 of 54 punts were downed inside the 20, 9 resulted in touchbacks, 8 were fair caught. Not including the on-sides attempt late against Arkansas, the opponent’s average starting field position after a kick-off was the 23 yard-line. The Tigers did allow a kick-off return for a touchdown at Florida, but no other opponent ever crossed the 50 yard line. In fact, opponents reached the 40 yard-line just 7 of 74 kick-off returns against the Tiger’s kick-off coverage unit. Patrick Peterson returned 2 punts for touchdowns including a game-changer against West Virginia (Heisman pose). The Tigers did not allow a kick or punt block the entire season.


Key stats
10th in Net Punting (39.2 YPP)10th in Kickoff Return Average (25.7 YPR)
12th in Punt Return Average (13.5 YPR)
Allowed 12 punt returns for 59 yards
Blocked 1 Kick
26 of 31 field goal attempts
2 touchdowns




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