FootballScoop is proud to announce that Randy Sanders (Florida State) is the 2013 FootballScoop Quarterbacks Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.
No player/coach combination hit the ground sprinting quite like Florida State's first-year quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders and redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. In their first year working together, the pair combined to bring their team a No. 1 ranking and a berth in the BCS National Championship and Winston a Heisman Trophy victory.
Winston looked like a fifth-year senior from the very moment he stepped on the field, completing his first 11 passes as a college quarterback (and 25-of-27 on the night) as he threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in his debut against Pittsburgh on Labor Day.
Winston was at his best when the lights shined brightest, connecting on 22-of-34 attempts for 444 yards with four total touchdowns and one interception in a 51-14 stomping of then-No. 3 Clemson, and following that up by completing 21-of-29 passes for 325 yards (plus 27 rushing yards) with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 41-14 blowout of then-No. 7 Miami.
For the year, Winston has completed 237-of-349 passes for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He leads the nation in yards per attempt (10.9), ranks 10th in completion percentage (67.9) and sits just 1.72 points behind Russell Wilson's FBS record for passing efficiency. Winston throws for a shade under 294 yards per game on just 26.8 attempts per game, making him the only quarterback in FBS to throw for more than 260 yards per game on less than 27 attempts per game.
Winston also ranks fifth nationally in completions of 10-plus yards (161) and second in completions of 20-plus yards (69).
"Randy has been a great addition to our staff," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He’s a very good offensive mind that has had great success at some of the top of programs. He’s been key in the development of our quarterbacks this season. He’s mentored some great ones in his past and he’s brought that knowledge and approach to Florida State. I’m very happy that he’s being recognized for his work."
For his efforts, Winston became the second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and has Florida State ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings heading into the national title game on January 6. Florida State also ranks second nationally in scoring offense (53.3 points per game), sixth in total offense (529.4 yards per game) and first in yards per play (7.81). Outside of Winston, Florida State signal callers Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire combined to complete 31-of-57 passes for 366 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
A native of Morristown, Tenn., Sanders spent his entire college football career in the SEC before arriving at Florida State prior to the 2013 season. He played at Tennessee from 1984-88, and started coaching as a volunteer assistant at Tennessee in 1989. Ten years later, Sanders served as offensive coordinator for the Vols' Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State in the inaugural BCS championship game. Sanders left Tennessee for Kentucky prior to the 2006 season, where he was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator for seven seasons.
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 (Cam Cameron - LSU, Tom Herman - Ohio State, Darin Hinshaw - Cincinnati, Sanders and Dave Schramm - Fresno State) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winner.
Sanders will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.
Previous winners of the Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award are Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2008), Tom Rossley (Texas A&M, 2009), Philip Montgomery (Baylor, 2011) and Mark Helfrich (Oregon, 2010 and 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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