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2011 Defensive Coordinator of the Year


2011 Defensive 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 2011 winner. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however our panel will make the final decision. Voting for this award ends on Friday December 2nd. Previous winners of the Defensive Coordinator of the Year award are Nick Holt (USC, 2008), Kirby Smart (Alabama, 2009) and Vic Fangio (Stanford, 2010).

John Chavis

Greg Mattison

Pat Narduzzi

Kirby Smart



Michigan State


John Chavis - Louisiana State University

"Chief" has his unit playing at a level some are calling, "the best defense ever." Their statistics are good; but on the field, in game speed, they blow you away. What Chavis' guys were able to do to shut down Oregon's offense in the first game of the season set the tone; but no game could have been bigger for his defense than when they went into Tuscaloosa and stoned Alabama allowing only 6 points. LSU is 11-0 in large part because of what Chavis and his staff have been able to get from their defense. 

Key stats

2nd in Scoring Defense (10 PPG)

3rd in 1st Downs Allowed (15 per game)

2nd in Total Defense (248 YPG)

4th in Rushing Defense (90 YPG)

1st in Turnover Margin (1.64)

2nd Opponent Plays of 20+ Yards (24)

Greg Mattison - University of Michigan

Greg Mattison has overseen a complete turnaround in the Michigan defense. Last season, Michigan's defense ranked 108th in scoring defense, allowing an average of over 35 points per game...this season, they are ranked #8, allowing 16 points per game. Last season, they were 110th in total defense, this season #14. Michigan finished 7-6 last season, this year they are currently 9-2. Mattison's defense is a big part of that turnaround. 

Key stats

8th in Scoring Defense (16 PPG)

14th in Total Defense (316 YPG)

14th in Passing Defense (184 YPG)

18th in Fumbles Forced (14)

Pat Narduzzi - Michigan State University

At Michigan State, it all starts with the defense. As one Big Ten running backs coach told us, "State is so sound that you don't see anything on film that 'should work'. Nothin." We took a look, on paper and on film. He's right.

Key stats

3rd in Total Defense (257 YPG)

4th in Passing Defense (156 YPG)

5th in Scoring Defense (15 PPG)

10th in Rushing Defense (101 YPG)

9th in Interceptions (16)

10th in Third Down Converion % (32%)

Kirby Smart - University of Alabama

If you're a defensive coach, watching Kirby Smart call a game is mesmerizing. He always has his guys in position and the techniques he uses to get them there is cutting edge. Nothing should work against his defenses; and little has this season.

Key stats

1st in Rushing Defense (74 YPG)

1st in Scoring Defense (8 PPG)

1st in Total Defense (196 YPG)

1st in Pass Defense (121 YPG)

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