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Game Changing Coaches

Tuesday September 30, 2008

Ole Miss (Special Teams Staff): Ole Miss special teams coordinator, James Shibest, had a little payback for Urban Meyer and the Gators. In the 2006 SEC Championship game, the Gators pulled an important fake punt vs. Akransas while Shibest served as the special teams coordinator. This week, the Rebels and Shibest handed the Gators a dose of their own medicine with a very similar fake punt conversion. Additionally, in the Rebels 31-30 win in The Swamp, the Ole Miss coverage units held in check Florida's dangerous return game throughout the game. But the biggest play in the game came when the Rebels blocked a Florida PAT late in the 4th quarter to leave the score 31-30 Rebels. Furthermore, the Rebels had an important 40 yards kickoff return and also pressured Florida into a crucial 11 yard shank punt. The Ole Miss special team units were certainly a difference in the 31-30 upset win in Gainesville.

Click here to Watch the Gator's fake punt vs. Arkansas in the 2006 SEC Championship Game

Click here to Watch the Rebels' very similar fake against the Gators 24 second mark

James Shibest (Special Teams Coordinator)

Jay Jones (Special Teams Graduate Assistant)

Oregon State (Offensive Staff): Give credit to the Oregon State offensive staff. In the Beavers 27-21 win over #1 ranked USC, the Oregon State offense allowed only 1 sack and did not record a turnover. The Beavers were able to establish the run and finished 7/16 (44%) with 3rd down conversions.

Danny Langsdorf (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)

Reggie Davis (Running Backs)

Mike Cavanaugh (Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line)

Jay Locey (Tight Ends / Running Backs)

Tim Euhus (Offensive GA)

Oklahoma State (Offensive Staff): How about 8 straight scoring possessions, 621 total yards, 35 first downs, and 0 turnovers? The Cowboys defeated Troy 55-24 on Saturday in Stillwater. After 5 weeks, the Oklahoma State offense is #1 in the nation in rushing offense and #4 in total offense. The Cowboys host Texas A&M this week before traveling to Missouri in two weeks.

Gunter Brewer (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)

Trooper Taylor (Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers)

Doug Meacham (Tight Ends)

Joe Wickline (Offensive Line)

Curtis Luper (Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs)

Glen Elarbee (Offensive GA)

Cornell University (Defensive Staff): Head coach Jim Knowles and the Big Red defeated Yale 17-14, handing Yale their first road loss since 2005. Knowles has always been a believer in pressuring the quarterback and stopping run. In the win, Cornell defense allowed 0 rushing yards, forced 4 turnovers, and tallied 5 sacks. Yale could only muster 4 of 16 3rd down conversions and finished with only 209 total yards.

Clayton Carlin (Assistant Head Coach / DC / Safeties)

Pete DeStefano (Assoc. DC / Defensive Line)

Rashaan Jordan (Linebackers)

Ross Pennypacker (Defensive Backs) 

Texas (Defensive Staff): 9 months ago, Arkansas came close to hiring Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as the Razorbacks head coach. Muschamp didn't forget the last minute (literally) spurning as the Texas defense totally dominated Bobby Petrino's offense. The Longhorns limited the Razorbacks to 191 total yards that included only 11 net rushing yards. The Longhorns forced 2 turnovers and sacked Arkansas 7 times in the 52-10 rout in Austin.

Will Muschamp (Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers)

Duane Akina (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Backs)

Oscar Giles (Defensive Ends)

Mike Tolleson (Defensive Tackles / Special Teams Coordinator)

Neale Tweedie (Defnsive GA)

Villanova (Defensive Staff): Villanova defeated D-IAA #1 ranked University of Richmond 26-20. In the victory, the Villanova defense limited Richmond to 83 rushing yards and recorded 6 sacks.

Mark Reardon (Defensive Coordinator)

Billy Crocker (Defensive Line)

Clint Wiley (Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator)

Daniel Blum (Defensive Assistant)