2012 Offensive Coordinator 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 Monday December 3rd. 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 Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Kevin Wilson (Oklahoma, 2008), Bryan Harsin (Boise State, 2009), Gus Malzahn (Auburn, 2010) and Kliff Kingsbury (Houston, 2011).
Tony Franklin - Louisiana Tech
Tony Franklin is the mastermind behind one of the most consistent and explosive offenses in the country. The Bulldogs lead the nation in total offense (581 ypg) and scoring (52 ppg). One of the most impressive aspects of Franklin's attack is his ability to keep things balanced. Tech ranks 12th nationally in rushing offense (246 ypg), and fifth nationally in passing offense (339 ypg). Franklin's squad has also taken care of the ball extremely well, losing only ten possessions all year (sixth nationally) and over the past 17 games, La Tech has established a +32 turnover margin. At one point in the season the explosive offense went through a span of 76 minutes where they scored an impressive 127 points, which was more than eight teams had scored through their first seven games. Franklin's offensive bunch also ranked third in explosive plays of 20+ yards (72), and has scored 19 touchdowns this season in a minute or less. Louisiana Tech is leading the nation averaging 32 first downs per game. Bottom line is these guys can score with the best of them, run the field with the top teams in the country, and do a great job of taking care of the ball. Those are the traits of an great offensive coordinator.
1st in Scoring Offense (52 PPG)
1st in total Offense (581 YPG)
3rd in explosive plays of 20+ yards (72)
59 touchdowns in 79 red zone trips (1st)
Kliff Kingsbury - Texas A&M
By now you know the story. A brand new staff enters a brand new conference with a brand new quarterback and immediately takes the league by storm. After molding senior Case Keenum into one of the most prolific passers in college football history at Houston, Kingsbury has turned Johnny Manziel into a serious Heisman Trophy challenger as a freshman. The Aggies rank first or second in the SEC in scoring offense, total offense, passing offense and rushing offense, topping 600 yards five times through 11 games. Texas A&M's up-tempo offense caught the SEC on their heels, becoming the only team to top 400 yards on each of LSU and Alabama this season. Everything crescendoed with the Aggies' jumping out to a 20-0 lead and holding on for the 29-24 stunner over Alabama.
6th in Scoring Offense (43 PPG)
5th in Total Offense (545 YPG)
17th in Passing Offense (309 YPG)
14th in Rushing Offense (235 YPG)
2nd in 3rd down conversion (54%)
Noel Mazzone - UCLA
Noel Mazzone has long been one of the most respected offensive minds in college football, and this season has been no exception as the Bruins have ridden the success of their offense to a 9-2 season. Offensively, balance is the key for Mazzone as the Bruins, who will have faced three of top 30 defenses in the country in conference play alone by the end of the season. UCLA has been able to pound it on the ground to the tune of 207 ypg (28th nationally), while also accounting for 281 ypg through the air (33rd nationally). The Bruins are just short of the elite 500 yard per game mark (489 ypg - 16th nationally), and are putting up a solid 38 points per game. Mazzone and the offensive staff have been impressive in their first season in Westwood, surpassing the offensive output from 2011 in every major offensive statistic. To top it all off, Mazzone and the staff have been able to accomplish all of this with red-shirt freshman Brett Hundley under center, who ranks 6th nationally in completion percentage (69%) . On the ground, running back Johnathan Franklin ranks fifth nationally in rushing (228 attempts for 1441 yards - a 6.32 yard average with 10 touchdowns). Mazzone has developed a system that allows players to flourish, regardless of their previous experience and players trust what he is teaching them. For example, Brett Hundley is the first Bruin quarterback ever to throw for at least 300 yards in 3 straight games and prior to this season, UCLA had never before had a 3 game stretch in which they gained 500+ yards. Impressive work by Mazzone given the quality talent UCLA has had in the past.
28th in Rushing Offense (207 YPG)
33rd in Passing Offense (281 YPG)
16th in Total Offense (489 YPG)
20th in Scoring Offense (38 PPG)
Todd Monken - Oklahoma State
One year after losing all-everything quarterback Brandon Weeden and standout wide receivers Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper, the Oklahoma State offense chugs along at an elite level. Opening day starter Wes Lunt (a true freshman), his back-up J.W. Walsh (a redshirt freshman) and third-string signal caller Clint Chelf (a junior that entered 2012 with 15 career attempts) have all seen significant action, and all have excelled. Monken's offense has adapted on the fly no matter who takes the snaps, as Lunt has drawn comparisons to Weeden while Walsh fits the mold of Weeden's predecessor, Zac Robinson. While the quarterback position has at times been a revolving door, the Cowboys have managed to lead the Big 12 in rushing (running back Joseph Randle has handled the load with career highs of 1,099 yards and 10 TDs) and score more points than all but two FBS teams. On the outside, the collection of OSU quarterbacks have thrown to a very green receiving corps as the Cowboys' top three pass catchers entered this season with 25 career grabs between them.
3rd in Scoring Offense (45 PPG)
3rd in Total Offense (554 YPG)
6th in Passing Offense (337 YPG)
18th in Rushing Offense (217 YPG)
12th in Red Zone Efficiency (91%)
11th in 1st Downs (26 / game)
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