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2010 Offensive Coordinator of the Year


2010 Offensive Coordinator 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 Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Kevin Wilson (Oklahoma, 2008) and Bryan Harsin (Boise State, 2009).

Paul Chryst

Mark Helfrich

Dana Holgorsen

Gus Malzahn



Oklahoma State


Paul Chryst - University of Wisconsin

Paul Chryst has a pretty good formula…don’t turn it over, dominate the line of scrimmage, and finish drives by scoring touchdowns. That’s exactly what Chryst’s offense consistently accomplished during the Badgers’ eleven win season. Chryst relied upon a dominant offensive line that helped produce 92 runs for 10+ yards, which is 9th most in the country. Impressively, Wisconsin scored touchdowns on 80% (52 of 65) of trips in the red zone, which is 2nd in the country. Quarterback Scott Tolzien led the country by completing 74% of passing attempts. Every offensive coordinator in the country wants to limit turnovers. Wisconsin took that to another level by leading the nation in fewest turnovers lost (9). 

Key stats

1st in Fewest Turnovers (9)

4th in Scoring Offense (43.3 PPG)

18th in Total Offense (450 YPG)

10th in Third Down Conversions (50.7%)

12th in Rushing Offense (247 YPG)

3rd in Passing Efficiency

15th in Sacks Allowed (1 per game)

Mark Helfrich - University of Oregon

Heading into Saturday’s game at Oregon State, the Ducks lead the nation in Scoring Offense (50 PPG) and Total Offense (541 YPG). Through eleven games, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mark Helfrich has helped the Oregon offense tally 81 plays of 30+ yards this season. Give Helfrich credit as first-year starting quarterback Darron Thomas has thrown 18 TD / 5 INT against PAC-10 opponents. The unique up-tempo scheme has given opponents fits every single week. Opposing coaches have said that Helfrich and Chip Kelly have designed a scheme that is physically and mentally draining to contain. So far, nobody has figured it out. 

Key stats

1st in Scoring Offense (50 PPG)

1st in Total Offense (541 YPG)

5th in Rushing Offense (300 YPG)

4th in Sacks Allowed (0.64 per game)

22nd in Third Down Conversions (46%)

55th in Fewest Turnovers Lost (20)

Dana Holgorsen - Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State returned only four starters including one offensive lineman with starting experience heading into Dana Holgorsen’s first season as offensive coordinator in Stillwater. Impressively, Holgorsen helped the Cowboys win 10 games and average 44.9 points per game. Okie State finished 2nd in the nation with 242 plays of 10+ yards. First year starting quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 67% of passing attempts with 32 TD / 13 INT. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon led the nation with 151 YPG and 18 touchdowns. Running back Kendall Hunter finished 6th nationally with 126 YPG. 

Key stats

2nd in Total Offense (537 YPG)

2nd in Passing Offense (354 YPG)

3rd in Scoring Offense (44.9 PPG)

10th in Sacks Allowed (0.83 per game)

33rd in Third Down Conversions (44%)

Gus Malzahn - Auburn University

Under the leadership of second-year offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, the Auburn offense answered the call every single week against the some of the nation’s best defensive units. The Tigers finished 10th nationally in Fewest Turnovers (10) and played situational football as well as anyone in America. No team in America may have gotten better all-around blocking from their offensive line, wide receivers, and running backs as Auburn did this season. Malzahn also helped form a strong chemistry that prepared the offense for adversity and come-from-behind situations. Auburn averaged 41.5 points per game with a first-year starting quarterback in the SEC. Give credit to Malzahn for establishing such a strong offensive identity and the continuous improvement throughout the year. Malzahn identified and played to the strengths of his quarterback Cam Newton, who is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Key stats

7th in Scoring Offense (41.5 PPG)

8th in Total Offense (490 YPG)

6th in Rushing Offense (291 YPG)

2nd in Passing Efficiency

10th in Fewest Turnovers (14)

9th in Third Down Conversions (51%)

21st in TD % in the Red Zone (64%)

4th in Most Plays of 20+ yards (141)

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