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2012 Defensive Backs Coaches of the Year


2012 Defensive Backs Coach of the Year The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass 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. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of the award and will be announced on Thursday December 13th.  The 2012 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at a function at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention in January. Previous winners of the Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award are Tim Billings (Wake Forest, 2008), Everett Withers and Troy Douglas (North Carolina, 2009), Chad Glasgow and Clay Jennings (TCU, 2010) and Ron Cooper (LSU, 2011).


George Barlow

Bob Shoop

Bill Busch

Kendrick Shaver

Tim McDonald

Travaris Robinson



Utah State

Utah State

Fresno State


George Barlow and Bob Shoop - Vanderbilt

We can’t say enough about the job that James Franklin and his staff have done down at Vanderbilt, and none of that would be possible without a solid secondary to shut down the diverse attacks of the SEC. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop (who handles the safeties), and George Barlow (defensive backs coach) are the two guys in charge of the back end of the defense for the Commodores, and have done a tremendous job developing the talent necessary to compete in the toughest conference in the country. Vandy ranks 7th nationally in pass efficiency defense (99.77) and 18th in both total defense (326 ypg) and scoring defense (18 ppg). The Commodores also round out the top ten nationally in pass defense, allowing just 176 yards per game through the air. Once these guys get a chance to sit down and make some adjustments at the half, they get even better. In the second half of games, Vanderbilt allowed opponents to complete passes just 48 percent of the time (fourth nationally), and accounted allowed just three second half touchdowns (fifth nationally) on the year. In the SEC coordinators have their work cut out for them whether they’re trying to gain yards, or trying to stop offenses from rolling them up. And with guys like Barlow and Shoop on in your corner, you have to like your secondary’s chances on game day.

Key stats

7th in opponent QB rating (99.8)

4th in opp completion percentage after halftime (48%)

18th in scoring defense (18 ppg)

18th in total defense (326 ypg)



Bill Busch and Kendrick Shaver - Utah State

The Aggies of Utah State have ridden on the success of the their defense for much of the season, holding opponents to just over 15 points per game (eighth nationally) en route to a second place finish in the WAC. Much of the success that they’ve seen this year has been on the shoulder of the secondary and Bill Busch and Kendrick Shaver, who have seen their secondary step up huge in games all year long to leave offensive coordinators scratching their heads and scrambling to find plays that would work. The Aggies allowed just 5.8 yards per attempt (13th nationally), and the fact that they were able to sustain a solid rush all season allowed them to also rank in the top 14 in opponents passer rating (107.01). When it comes down to nearly every major defensive category in the WAC, you can find Utah State at the top. They led the conference in pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, and passing defense.

Key stats

13th in opponent yards per attempt (5.8 ypa)

14th in opponent QB rating (107.2)

Davis ranks 8th with 5 INTs

1st in WAC in opp QB rating, total, pass and scoring defense



Tim McDonald - Fresno State

In his first season on staff with Tim DeRuyter at Fresno State, Tim McDonald helped engineer one of the most impressive defensive turnarounds in major college football. Last season, the Fresno State defense ranked 106th in pass defense. This season they improved that ranking by over 100 spots and finished fifth nationally in pass defense. Other areas involving the secondary were much improved from 2011 as well. The secondary ranked third nationally in interceptions with 20 (which was 15 more than they had last season), and six of those interceptions were taken back for touchdowns. That means that an impressive 30 percent of their interceptions resulted in touchdowns. McDonald’s defensive unit also ranked in the top seven in opponents completion percentage with just 52 percent of their opponents passes resulting in a complete pass. Perhaps most impressive was the consistency at which the secondary played, regardless of the level of competition. The back end of the Bulldogs' defense still ranked in the top ten in yards per attempt against ranked teams, as well as the FBS teams on their schedule that finished with winning records. McDonald helped mold a unit that was not only lights out, but also played with a consistency and fearlessness that was tough for offenses to overcome.

Key stats

8th in opponent QB rating (100.02)

5th in turnover margin (1.42)

Thomas ranks 1st with 8 INTs

5th in opponent yards per attempt (5.56)



Travaris Robinson - Florida

Taking a brief look at the defensive numbers that Florida has put up this season, it’s easy to picture why many college football experts could argue that the Gators deserve to be in national championship conversations. The secondary in particular, led by defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, has been one of the most impressive groups in the country, and many believe will have most (if not all of its players) eventually playing on Sundays in the league eventually. Robinson has taken a talented group of guys and gotten them to play good, assignment sound football that has been a nightmare to try and throw the ball against. The Gators lead the country in pass efficiency defense (91.49), and also rank fifth in total defense (283 ypg) and are third nationally in scoring defense (13 ppg). Making the passing numbers even more impressive is the fact that the front seven hasn’t provided an overwhelming pass rush, forcing Florida’s athletes to match up with some of the top receivers in the country for longer than most other teams. Their coverage skills and discipline in their scheme kept opponents completion percentage down to just 51% (sixth nationally) and were also one of only four teams in the country to allow less than 5.5 yards per completion. Florida allowed five passing touchdowns all season, and four of those came while their opponents were in the red zone. What Robinson has been able to do while planning against a variety of offensive schemes is nothing short of impressive.

Key stats

1st in opponent QB rating (91.49)

T-6th in interceptions (19)

3rd in scoring defense (12.9 ppg)

2nd in pass TDs allowed (5)



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