2011 Running 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 2011 winner. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however our panel will make the final decision.  Voting for this award ends on Wednesday December 7th.

Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009) and Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010).

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Burton Burns Thomas Hammock Frank Wilson
Alabama Wisconsin LSU

Burton Burns – Alabama

It’s a pleasure to watch Burton Burns teach his players on the field and off. There is a reason that so many great running backs go to Alabama, and his name is Burton Burns.

Key stats
8th in Avg. per Carry (5.58) 7th in Rushing Touchdowns (33)
Trent Richardson is a man We are told Eddie Lacy is just as good
T. Richardson averages 7.2 YPC on 1st down T. Richardson average 7.4 YPC in 2nd half

Thomas Hammock – Wisconsin

Thomas Hammock is in his first season at Wisconsin after having spent the last four seasons at Minnesota. Hammock stepped into a good situation at Wisconsin and turned it into a great one. The further development of Montee Ball throughout this season is one of the great stories of the season. 

Key stats
10th in Rushing (247 YPG) 7th in Rushing Plays 20+ Yards (30) 
Montee Ball #1 in Rushing TDs (29) M. Ball #2 in Rushing (1,622 yards)

Frank Wilson – LSU

When most coaches think of Frank Wilson, they immediately think “great recruiter”. But this season has shown, Wilson can coach’em up on the field as well. In vetting the nominees for this list, we spoke with a number of SEC defensive coaches. To a man, each said that Frank Wilson’s group of backs were exceptionally well coached. 

Key stats
#18 in Rushing Offense (218 YPG) 9th in Rushing TDs (32)

Each back will run you over and 

then drag a few other guys 10 yards

4 backs with 6+ TDs
Only 1 fumble lost by a back all season Fullbacks bring wood

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