2010 Offensive Line 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 Monday December 13th. Previous winners of the Offensive Line Coach of the Year award are Steve Greatwood (Oregon, 2008) and Tony Wise (Pitt, 2009).
Bob Bostad - University of Wisconsin
A number of coaches nominated Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad for offensive line coach of the year, and deservedly so. Expectations were high entering the season for Bostad’s group and they didn’t disappoint. Bostad’s offensive line helped the Badgers run for 247 yards per game and was equally effective in protecting the quarterback. Wisconsin allowed just one sack per game (15th nationally), while scoring 43 points per game. Center John Moffitt and offensive tackle Gabe Carimi were recognized as First Team All Big Ten. Carimi was named the conference offensive lineman of the year. The dominate group up front were a big reason Wisconsin finished 11-1 and Big Ten champions.
2 players named First Team All Big Ten
4th in Scoring Offense (43.3 PPG)
12th in Rushing Offense (247 YPG)
15th in Sacks Allowed (1 per game)
Jeff Grimes - Auburn University
Several head coaches within the SEC were outspoken about the tremendous play by Auburn’s offensive line under Jeff Grimes. In his second year at Auburn, Grimes helped develop three First Team All-SEC linemen (Phil Steele) in center Ryan Pugh, guard Byron Isom, and tackle Lee Ziemba. Several times during the year, Gene Chizik complimented the Tigers’ offensive line for their continuous weekly improvement. It all starts up front in the SEC and Auburn ran for 287 yards per game, while averaging 42.6 points per game against the nation’s best defensive teams. Auburn led the nation with 123 rushing plays of 10+ yards. One opposing defensive line coach described Auburn’s offensive line by saying, “They played right on the edge. They really got after it…finishing plays, playing nasty. They were definitely the best offensive line we played against this year, without a doubt.”
3 First Team All SEC lineman (Phil Steele)
6th in Rushing Offense (287 YPG)
6th in Scoring Offense (42.6 PPG)
7th in Total Offense (497 YPG)
41st in Fewest Sacks Allowed (1.6 per game)
Matt Limegrover - Northern Illinois University
Thanks in part to a dominant offensive line under Coach Matt Limegrover, Northern Illinois led the nation with 107 rushing plays of 20+ yards. Under the tutelage of Limegrover, junior center Matt Wedige and junior tackle Trevor Olson were honored as First Team All-MAC. Joe Pawlik was recognized as Second Team All-MAC. The Huskies finished 10-3 and ranked 7th nationally in rushing offense (264 YPG). The offensive line did their part in pass protection as well, where the Huskies allowed just one sack per game (14th nationally). Limegrover’s group paved the way for running back Chad Spann, who was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Spann rushed for 1293 yards and 20 touchdowns.
3 linemen recognized as All-MAC
7th in Rushing Offense (264 YPG)
13th in Scoring Offense (37.8 PPG)
14th in Fewest Sacks Allowed (1 per game)
21st in Total Offense (445 YPG)
Greg Roman and Tim Drevno - Stanford University
Despite losing Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart, Stanford rushed just 6 yard less per game in 2010. Offensive line coaches Greg Roman and Tim Drevno formed a tough, physical group that helped Stanford run for 211 yards per game (17th nationally). The Cardinal attempted 356 passes, but allowed just 5 sacks. Yes, 5 sacks all season. Only triple-option teams Army and Air Force allowed fewer sacks. Guards David DeCastro and Andrew Phillips were recognized as First and Second Team All-PAC 10 respectively by Phil Steele. One opposing coach described Stanford’s offensive line by telling us, “It’s just obvious when you play them that their pride is being physical at the point of attack. From the sideline, I could tell they obviously had a mindset that their coaches have instilled in them. They want to be physical and they play physical. It’s different playing against them, trust me.” In addition to his offensive line responsibilities, Roman also spends a significant portion of his time on the design and implementation of the overall offensive game plan.
2nd in Fewest Sacks Allowed (0.42 per game)
8th in Scoring Offense (40.3 PPG)
14th in Total Offense (467 YPG)
17th in Rushing Offense (211 YPG)
1 1st team and 1 2nd team All PAC-10 linemen
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