Tuesday September 2, 2008 (Week 1 Game Changing Coaches)
Rice University (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Rice University offensive staff. The Owls' offense racked up 56 points by the end of the 3rd quarter vs. SMU. Sure, SMU has an entirely new staff, but the Owls were quite efficient in the season opener. Quarterback Chase Clement passed for 466 yards and 6 touchdowns, no interceptions. Heck, the Owls would have scored 63 if they didn't miss 2 field goals. Furthermore, the Owls had only 2 penalties.
Tom Herman (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
Blake Miller (Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line)
Dan Hammerschmidt (Wide Receivers)
Rick LaFavors (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)
Darrell Patterson (Running Backs)
Tom Keresztury (Offensive GA)
Louisiana Tech (Offensive Staff): What a great job by Louisiana Tech offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo! First, Scelfo prepares last minute transfer quarterback Taylor Bennett (GA Tech) to run the Bulldog's offense. Then as August camp begins, Louisiana Tech unexpectedly loses offensive line coach Pete Perot as Perot recovers from open heart surgery. Offensive line guru Art Kehoe joins the staff as a fill-in replacement for Perot and the Bulldogs upset Mississippi State 22-14. Were the stats pretty? No! Only 269 yards of offense, 3 turnovers, 6/18 on 3rd down conversions - but 1 large "W" for Derek Dooley's program. Louisiana Tech overcame adversity, converted a huge 4th down late in the game, and played well enough to beat an SEC opponent for the first time in years.
Frank Scelfo (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
Chino Fontenette (Running Backs)
Conroy Hines (Wide Receivers)
Art Kehoe (Interim Offensive Line)
Pete Perot (Offensive Line)
Eric Russell (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)
Ben Larson (Offensive GA)
Stony Brook (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Stony Brook University offensive staff. Stony Brook opened the season averaging 8.1 yards per play. Offensive coordinator Jeff Behrmann led his unit to 444 total yards and 6 touchdowns versus the Colgate defense. Two different running backs rushed for over 100 yards for the Seawolves in the 42-26 impressive win over Colgate.
Jeff Behrmann (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
Carlton Goff (Wide Receivers)
Mike Iafrate (Offensive Line)
Greg Toop (Running Backs)
Jon Woods (Tight Ends)
Kentucky (Defensive Staff): Kentucky defensive line coach Rick Petri must have been proud of his troops with their performance vs. Louisville. The Wildcats defensive line forced 2 turnovers, 3 pass break ups, totaled 5 tackles for loss, and scored on Myron Pryor's 72 yards fumble return. In all, the Wildcats defense under new defensive coordinator Steve Brown, forced 5 turnovers. The Wildcats defense looked solid in the week one 27-2 win over Louisville.
Steve Brown (Defensive Coordinator)
Chris Thurmond (Secondary)
Rick Petri (Defensive Line)
Chuck Smith (Linebackers)
Dontae Wright (Defensive GA)
University of Buffalo (Offensive Staff): Let's talk about the Bulls. A year ago, Buffalo finished 89th in the country in total offense (347 ypg). However, in their season opening 42-17 win over UTEP, the Bulls offense totaled 484 yards including 263 yards rushing. The 42 points marks the first time in 4 years the Bulls have scored in double digits in a season opener. Look for the Bulls offensive to be a little better than usual this season under head coach Turner Gill.
Danny Barrett (Assistant Head Coach / Quarterbacks)
Lee Chambers (Running Backs)
Allen Mogridge (Offensive Line)
Aaron Stamn (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)
Juan Taylor (Wide Receivers)