2012 Offensive Line 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 Saturday December 8th. 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 Line Coach of the Year award are Steve Greatwood (Oregon, 2008), Tony Wise (Pitt, 2009), Bob Bostad (Wisconsin, 2010) and Greg Studrawa (LSU, 2011).
Mike Bloomgren - Stanford
In recent years, Stanford has become synonymous with smash mouth football and Mike Bloomgren's unit is a driving force behind Stanford's 10-2 season. Stanford's straight-ahead running game was led by Stepfan Taylor, who has carried 278 times for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. Stanford's offensive line allowed Taylor to come up big in the Cardinal's biggest games, rushing for 102 yards against Notre Dame, 114 yards and a score versus Oregon State, 161 yards in the win over Oregon and 142 yards and two scores in Saturday's victory over UCLA. The Cardinal started two quarterbacks this season and allowed just 17 sacks through 12 games, the fewest in the Pac-12. In 827 plays from scrimmage, Stanford's offensive line has surrendered just 57 tackles for loss, also the fewest number in the Pac-12.
1st in Pac-12 in sacks allowed (1.4/game)
1st in Pac-12 in tackles for loss allowed (4.75/game)
3rd in the Pac-12 in red zone offense (84%)
Lost two NFL top picks and still produced 1,000 yard rusher (5th straight year)
Nick Tabacca - Ball State
In his first season as a full-time FBS coach, Nick Tabacca has helped mold the Ball State offensive line into one of the most impressive units in the country. Of their 340 first downs, 148 of them have come via the run, which shows that the offensive line has done a great job of keeping the down and distance manageable and getting good chunks on first, second and third down. In nine of their 12 games this season, the offensive line paved the way for double digit first downs. As an offensive line coach, one of your greatest achievements is being able to put together a unit that is able to successfully wear down opponents come the second half, and particularly in the fourth quarter. Tabacca has successfully done that this season, ranking seventh in the nation in second half rushing yardage. The Cardinals have also been able to provide their quarterback the ease of mind to sit back and shred defenses, as they gave up less than a sack per game (.83) and ranked ninth nationally in sacks allowed. With his first year under his belt in Muncie, Tabacca has shown why he has risen through the coaching ranks so quickly, and why he has proven to be such a valuable asset to Ball State offensive coordinator Rich Skrosky.
1st in Nation in tackles for loss allowed (3/game)
340 first downs!
11th in Nation in rushing first downs
9th in Nation in Sacks allowed
Averaged 5 yards per rush
7th in Nation in rushing yards after halftime
Ed Warinner - Ohio State
Talking with numerous coaches around the country about Buckeye offensive line coach Ed Warinner, it's evident that he not only well respected among his peers as a quality offensive mind, but he's also a first class individual. Warinner leads a Buckeye unit that ranks 10th nationally in rushing (242 ypg), and are also in the top 18 in the country in yards per carry (5.2). The offensive line for the Buckeyes has been able to successfully pave the way for two guys who rank in the top 33 rushers in the nation (quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde). One mark of a solid offensive line is their ability to keep fourth downs manageable, and then converting on them, which is an area that Warinner's guy excel in. The Buckeyes rank second nationally in fourth down conversions and have converted on nearly 78 percent of their tries (7 for 9). They were also one of the top teams in the country in explosive running plays, ranking sixth with 99 runs of 10 or more yards on the season. There's no doubt in our minds that Warinner's ability to mold an offensive line that many "experts" had deemed a weakness coming into this season shows just how effective he is with the big fellas, and is why he is so well respected in the coaching profession.
10 in Nation in rushing yards per game (242)
5.2 yards per rush
9th in Nation in Total Rushing (2,907 yards)
6th in explosive runs of 10+ yards
Joe Wickline - Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State offense had to start over in 2012 after losing the likes of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. A quick glance of any statistic shows the Cowboys offense is once again at or near the top, and that can only mean one thing - Joe Wickline's unit turned in an excellent year. Oklahoma State ranks within FBS's top 20 in every major statistical category - total offense, scoring offense, passing offense, rushing offense and passing efficiency. Replacing Weeden, turning to three inexperienced quarterbacks and leaning on the running game only succeeded because of the dependability of Wickline's offensive line. The Cowboys have allowed just 10 sacks through 11 games, 11th best in the country, and their yards per carry average has jumped from 5.26 to 5.37 while attempting 10 more rushes per game. Wickline's bedrock offensive line has also propelled Oklahoma State to the top of the red zone efficiency charts with 56 scores in 61 trips.
11th in Nation in sacks allowed (.9/game)
12th in nation in yards per carry (5.37)
7th in Nation in passing offense (332/game)
5th in Nation red zone offense (56/61)
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