Jeff Lebby – Baylor University
It’s no slight against Baylor, only the truth. Most – if not all – players on Baylor’s roster did not grow up dreaming of becoming Bears, including the phenomenal running back stable of Lache Seastrunk, Glasco Martin and Shock Linwood. But Art Briles’ staff got them there, and Lebby turned them into the best backfield in the country.
As a group, Baylor led the Big 12 in rushing (264.5 yards per game, 12th nationally), rushing touchdowns (43, fourth) and yards per carry (5.39, 14th). The quick-strike Bears featured arguably the most explosive rushing attack in the nation, as nearly one out of every five rushes went for 10 yards or more. Baylor led the Big 12 in rushes of 10, 20 and 40 yards.
Junior Lache Seastrunk led Baylor and the Big 12 with 141 carries for 1,060 yards (7.52 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns in 10 games. Seastrunk had three games in which he toted the ball at least 10 times, averaged more than 10 yards per carry and accounted for two or more touchdowns.
Senior Glasco Martin served as Baylor’s “Mr. Inside”, accounting for 490 yards and a half-dozen touchdowns on 114 carries over 10 games. But perhaps the most interesting story among Baylor’s running backs is redshirt freshman Shock Linwood. Despite playing mostly mop up duty over the season’s first two months, Linwood filled in for his injured upperclassmen in a crucial spot, rushing 23 times for 182 yards in a 41-12 win over then-No. 10 Oklahoma. A week later, Linwood carried 29 times for 187 yards and a score in a 63-34 win over Texas Tech. Despite carrying the ball more than 14 times only twice this season, Linwood finished the regular season as the Big 12’s sixth-leading rusher, toting the rock 125 times for 862 yards and eight touchdowns.
Seastrunk and Linwood finished the season as the Big 12’s two most dangerous runners, ranking No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference at 7.52 and 6.9 yards per carry respectively. They were the only two Big 12 running backs to average more than 5.88 yards per carry. Baylor was the only team in the country to have two players among the nation’s top 25 in yards per carry, and Seastrunk placed second in yards per carry among all runners with at least 140 attempts.
As a team, Baylor led the nation in scoring offense (53.3 points per game) and total offense (623.8 yards per game); with 639 yards of total offense against Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl, Baylor will set the FBS record for single-season total offense. The sixth-ranked Bears finished the regular season 11-1 and won the first Big 12 championship in program history.
Hailing from Andrews, Texas, Lebby spent four years as a student assistant at Oklahoma – Lebby signed a National Letter of Intent with the Sooners but an injury pushed him into coaching – and became an original member of Briles’ staff at Baylor in 2008.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Stan Drayton – Ohio State, Thomas Hammock – Wisconsin, Tim Horton – Auburn, Lebby and Al Washington – Boston College) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year’s winner.
Lebby will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.
Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009), Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010), Frank Wilson (LSU, 2011) and Calvin Magee (Arizona, 2012).
|1st Nationally – Passing Efficiency||2nd Nationally – Scoring Offense|
|3rd Nationally – Yards Per Attempt||2nd Nationally – Passing Touchdowns|
|14th Nationally – Passing Offense||3rd Nationally – Passes of 20+ Yds.|
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