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2011 Defensive Line Coach of the Year


2011 Defensive 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 2011 winner. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however our panel will make the final decision. Voting for this award ends on Thursday December 8th. Previous winners of the Defensive Line Coach of the Year award are Dick Bumpas (TCU, 2008), Jim Panagos (Central Florida, 2009) and Bill Kirelawich (West Virginia, 2010).

Rodney Garner

Ted Gill

Brick Haley

Steve Stripling


Michigan State



Rodney Garner - University of Georgia

One running backs coach who nominated Rodney Garner noted that his guys were "stout as they come". After opening the season with 2 losses (to Boise State and South Carolina), the Bulldogs have run off 10 straight wins, and Coach Richt gives the credit to the defense. In short, the defensive front has wreaked havoc on opposing defenses. 

Key stats

7th in Tackles for Loss (91)

Held Opponents to 75 YPG on the ground

15th in Sacks (32)

5th in Total Defense 

Ted Gill - Michigan State University

Ask nearly any Big Ten offensive line coach about Michigan State's defensive front and you'll immediately hear "well coached...strong...hard workers...high quit" (well, at least that's what we heard). 

Key stats

3rd in Sacks (38)

6th in Points Allowed (15 per game)

Held Denard Robinson to 42 yards on 18 carries

23rd in Tackles for Loss (83)

Brick Haley - Louisiana State University

"Coach Haley plays about 9 guys throughout the game, and they would all start for a lot of teams." That's what a coach from the Pac-12 told us about LSU defensive line. Lane Kiffin said he thinks LSU's defensive front might be the "best ever". Oh, and they seem to lose a first rounder every year. Not bad when you have a 1st rounder each year. 

Key stats

2nd in Yards allowed per play (4)

15th in Sacks (32)

10th in Tackles for Loss (89)

Allowing only 11 points per game. 

Steve Stripling - Cincinnati

Cincinnati's defense this season has done some remarkable things. They have held two opponents to negative rushing yards, had 7 sacks in one game, 5 in another (along with 5 other hits on the quarterback) and had 12 or more tackles for loss in 3 games. Well done.

Key stats

3rd in Tackles for Loss (94)

3rd in Sacks (38)

7th in Rush Defense

15th in Scoring Defense

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