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2011 Linebackers Coach of the Year


2011 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 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 9th. Previous winners of the Linebackers Coach of the Year award are Bill McGovern (Boston College, 2008), Bob Fraser (Rutgers, 2009) and Luke Fickell (Ohio State, 2010).

Dave Huxtable

Bill McGovern

Sal Sunseri


Boston College


Dave Huxtable - Wisconsin

Wisconsin has two linebackers in the top 12 in the nation in tackles (each with over 120 tackles on the year). An opposing Big Ten running backs coach told us, "Wisconsin's linebackers are faster than some of the running backs they have played against. Not my guys; but..." 

Key stats

4th in Scoring Defense (15 PPG)

7th in Total Defense (278 YPG)

Taylor and Borland both with over 120 tackles

12th in Yards Allowed per Play (4.6)

Bill McGovern - Boston College

McGovern, a prior winner of this award, is one of the most respected defensive coaches in the game. One coach who nominated him wrote, "Really don't know how Billy doesn't win this award every year." He is that good. 

Key stats

Jr. LB Luke Kuechly leads nation in tackles (191)

All 3 linebackers rank in top 20 in tackles in the conference

Sal Sunseri - Alabama

It's not called Linebacker U; but maybe it should be. Sunseri has two finalists for the Lombardi award and both are semifinalists for the Butkus. 

Key stats

1st in Scoring Defense (9 PPG)

Only allowed 12 TDs total (#1)

Allowing less than 3.4 Yards per Play

Have allowed less than 1,000 yards rushing

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