2010 Linebackers 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 2010 winners. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however a panel of coaches make the final decision. Voting for this award ends on Thursday December 9th. Previous winners of the Linebackers Coach of the Year award are Bill McGovern (Boston College, 2008) and Bob Fraser (Rutgers, 2009).
Dan Conley - Syracuse University
Syracuse linebackers coach Dan Conley had two of the most productive linebackers in the country in Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue. After shuffling through several positions in his career, Smith blossomed into a playmaker in the middle under Conley. He finished with 103 tackles, forced three fumbles, and tallied one interception. Hogue, who entered the program as a running back, tallied 89 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Hogue was twice named national defensive player of the week in 2010. The Orange picked up wins against Rutgers and West Virginia during those two weeks. One coach that nominated Conley told FootballScoop, “Dan Conley developed his group as much as anyone. That’s what great coaches do. They get the most out of what they have to work with.” A second coach opposing coach described Conley’s linebackers by saying, “Downhill players. Fast and physical, and I can assure you against us they played from the first snap to the final whistle.”
2 All Big East Linebackers (Phil Steele)
5th in Total Defense (295 YPG)
6th in Passing Defense (167 YPG)
13th in Scoring Defense (18 PPG)
Luke Fickell - Ohio State University
Ohio State linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle thrived under Buckeye’s assistant coach Luke Fickell. The combination of Homan and Rolle produced 133 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, recorded 3 interceptions, and forced 3 fumbles. Both players were recognized as First Team All-Big Ten. The Buckeyes finished 2nd nationally in total defense (250 YPG) and 3rd nationally in scoring defense (13.3 PPG). Ohio State recorded 29 takeaways, 12th most in the country. One opposing coach told FootballScoop, “Luke has a group that recognizes plays extremely fast. They are attacking and physical against the run. To me, his group played with so much energy and passion the day we played them.” Fickell has served on the Ohio State staff since 2002. He serves as the co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach.
2 First Team All Big Ten Linebackers
2nd in Total Defense (250 YPG)
3rd in Scoring Defense (13.3 PPG)
12th in Takeaways (29)
Tony Tademy - TCU
Under the tutelage of Tony Tademy, junior linebacker Tank Carder and sophomore Tanner Brock were named First Team All-MWC. Carder was recognized as the MWC Defensive Player of the Year. TCU led the nation in scoring defense (11.4 PPG) and total defense (215 YPG). The Horned Frogs finished third nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 89 yards per game. One coach that nominated Tademy told FootballScoop, “Their linebackers are the real deal. They beat you to the point of attack on every run. They are physical and play with relentless effort.” Tademy is in his sixth year on the staff at TCU.
2 First Team All MWC Linebackers
MWC Defensive Player of the Year
1st in Third Down Defense (21.8%)
1st in Scoring Defense (11.4 PPG)
1st in Total Defense (215 YPG)
3rd in Rushing Defense (89 YPG)
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