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2012 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year


2012 Quarterbacks 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 6th.  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 Quarterbacks Coach of the Year award are Josh Heupel (Oklahoma, 2008), Tom Rossley (Texas A&M, 2009), Mark Helfrich (Oregon, 2010) and Philip Montgomery (Baylor, 2011).


Mark Helfrich

Tom Herman

Brian Lindgren

Del Miller


Ohio State

San Jose State

Kansas State

Mark Helfrich - Oregon

Oregon's offense could be described using a thousand different words but one word that always seems to come to mind for anyone who watches them play is explosive. Only a handful of offenses in the country can use that word to describe their offense with a freshman calling the shots. In his first season on the field for the Ducks, Marcus Mariota has played like a man among boys, completing 69.9% of his passes (4th nationally), and ranks 8th nationally in touchdowns thrown (30) while throwing just 6 interceptions. Mariota's completion percentage of nearly 70% ranks ahead of Sam Bradford's freshman completion percentage record of 69.5%. It's very impressive to see what Mark Helfrich has been able to do with a first year college player calling the shots. What makes Mariota even more difficult to defend is his ability to run the rock, where he ranks second on the team with 690 yards net rushing. Mariota has also set the conference record for touchdown passes this season. The Duck's ability to strike quickly (2nd nationally in scoring offense - 50.83) has played a huge part in their 11-1 season, and heading into their final game, they accounted for 73 drives that resulted in touchdowns, with 41 of those drives lasting less than 2 minutes, and 22 of those taking less than a minute. Explosive is a word that has always been associated with Chip Kelly's offenses, and as long as Helfrich and Mariota are paired up, don't expect that to change.

Key stats

2nd Nationally in Scoring Offense (51 PPG)

3rd in Turnover Margin

In position to set Freshman QB Completion % record

22 scoring drives of less than 1 minute



Tom Herman - Ohio State

The first job of a quarterback is to lead his team and, at 12-0, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has only been matched by one quarterback across college football. Miller ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense and, with 1,850 passing yards and 1,214 rushing yards, the sophomore has accounted for 65.3 percent of the Buckeyes' offense and nearly half of their total touchdowns. More impressive than his statistics is the way he's accumulated them. Start with the California game, a 35-28 win in which Miller was responsible for 32 of Ohio State's 35 points. Or the three second half touchdowns in a 35-23 win over Penn State. Or the five times this season he's led the Buckeyes in passing and rushing. On the year, Miller has completed 134-of-236 passes (56.8 percent) for 1,850 yards (7.84 yards per attempt) for 14 TDs and 6 INTs to go with 207 carries for 1,214 yards (5.86 yards per carry) and 13 TDs. 

Key stats

3rd among all QBs in rushing (110 YPG)

Undfeated season

1 of 5 players to lead team in rushing & passing

2nd in B1G in Total Offense



Brian Lindgren - San Jose State

Out on the west coast, Brian Lindgren has quietly molded, arguably, one of the most impressive quarterback performances in the country this year. Under Lindgren’s watchful eye, quarterback David Fales has blossomed, throwing 31touchdowns to just 9 interceptions, while averaging 9.3 yards per attempt (#4 nationally). Fales also leads the country in completion percentage (72%), which is nearly 2% more efficient than his nearest competitor. Coach Lindgren has guided Fales to the fifth most passing yards in the nation (3,798), and also the third highest quarterback rating nationally (170.92). Only two other quarterbacks in the country can say that they complete at least 70% of their passes. Lindgren has molded Fales into a player who plays his best in on the big stage, leading his team to wins over teams like BYU, San Diego State, and Navy, while losing the season opener to Stanford by just three points. The excellent job that Lindgren has done in his first season on campus can’t be overlooked.

Key stats

1st in completion % (72%)

3rd nationally in QB Rating

31 TDs / 9 Ints

1 of 3 QBs to complete over 70% of passes



Del Miller - Kansas State

To truly appreciate where Del Miller has taken Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, one must first understand where Klein began. The first substantial action of Klein's career came during his sophomore year against Texas, a game in which he ran the ball 25 times and completed 2-of-4 passes for nine yards. The next week versus Missouri, he ran 18 times and threw six. Klein finished his sophomore season with 76 rushes and 18 passes. Klein's numbers tilted closer to the traditional side in 2011 as he threw 281 passes and rushed 317 times; in the Wildcats' 13 games, Klein rushed more than he threw nine times. As a senior, Miller has able to turn Klein into a true dual threat. In his first 11 games, Klein has 172 passes to 171 rushes. While his motion has never been picture perfect, the ball gets where it needs to go. With 14 touchdowns against six interceptions to go with 20 rushing touchdowns, Klein spent a chunk of this season not only as the Heisman Trophy front-runner, but also as the nation's passing efficiency leader. For the year, Klein has connected on 172-of-258 passes (66.7 percent) for 2,306 yards (8.94 yards per attempt) for 14 TDs and 6 INTs to go with 171 carries for 787 yards (4.6 yards per carry) for 20 TDs. 

Key stats

10th nationally in points responsible for (19 / game)

68% of Kansas State's total offense

3rd best winning % in school history (.808)

2nd nationally in passing efficiency (155)



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