2012 Running 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 Friday December 7th. 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 Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009), Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010) and Frank Wilson (LSU, 2011).
Gary Campbell - Oregon
Any coach will tell you that success starts with acquiring talent and Gary Campbell has a wealth of talent unmatched by any team in college football. Start with junior Kenjon Barner, who worked his way into the Heisman Trophy discussion after ranking fourth nationally with 248 carries for 1,624 yards and 21 touchdowns. Barner's 6.55 yards per carry average leads all running backs with more than 200 carries. Next is sophomore De'Anthony Thomas, nicknamed the Black Mamba and declared by Sports Illustrated as the fastest man in football. Thomas is an all-purpose maven who has rushed 90 times for 686 yards and 11 touchdowns, leads the team with 41 grabs for 385 yards and four touchdowns, returned 13 punts for a 17.1-yard average and a touchdown and returned 14 kickoffs for a 19.2-yard average. All told, Barner and Thomas produce 285 all-purpose yards per game. As a team, the explosive Ducks rank first or second nationally in runs of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards.
1st in Rushing Touchdowns (47)
5th nationally in rushing yards per game
Kenjon Barner 4th in rushing, 2nd in TDs
De'Anthony Thomas 5th nationally in YPC (7.6)
Thomas Hammock - Wisconsin
It may have taken a little while to get there, but Thomas Hammock's one-two punch of Montee Ball and James White was still one of the most fearsome rushing attacks in college football. Ball ranked eighth nationally with 311 carries for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns. With two games still to play, Ball will look to pad his NCAA record 79 career rushing touchdowns, set Saturday at Penn State. Ball has averaged 146 yards per game in Big Ten play and, with 157.8 yards per game in Big Ten play last season, he is looking to become the first player to post more than 150 yards per game in back-to-back Big Ten seasons since 1996. James White came off the bench to compile 104 rushes for 693 yards and eight touchdowns. As a team, Wisconsin ranked 23rd nationally and third in the Big Ten with more than 212 rushing yards per game. The Badgers have lost only six fumbles in 540 carries this season, a rate just over one percent.
Montee Ball ranks 8th in rushing
Team ranks 23rd in rushing
11th in runs of 10+ yards, 9th in runs of 20+ yards
Ball owns NCAA career rushing TD record
Pierre Ingram - Louisiana Tech
Under Ingram's direction, true freshman Kenneth Dixon has turned into a touchdown machine for Tony Franklin's offense. With 200 carries for 1,194 yards and an NCAA-leading 27 touchdowns, Dixon leads his next closest competitor (Oregon's Kenjon Barner) by a half-dozen scores. Dixon has also caught 10 balls for 35 yards and a score. His 28 total touchdowns are more than a dozen FBS teams have totaled all season. With 14 points per game, Dixon leads the nation in scoring by more than two points per game. In just his seventh game as a Bulldog, Dixon set a school record with six rushing touchdowns in Louisiana Tech's 70-28 romp over Idaho. Dixon also set the school record for single-season rushing touchdowns with four games still remaining. Dixon's prolific scoring has set three NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and points. Dixon's 1,194 yards are the most among FBS freshmen. As a team, the Bulldogs share the national lead with 47 rushing touchdowns. Backup Ray Holley has run 142 times for 740 yards and seven scores.
1st in Rushing Touchdowns (27)
1st among freshmen rushers (100 YPG)
1st among all freshmen (28 TDs)
Dixon - 1st in Scoring (14 PPG)
Calvin Magee - Arizona
Arizona associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Calvin Magee has helped lead a resurgent rushing attack for the Wildcats this season that only gets stronger as the game wears on. Under Magee, sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey leads the nation in rushing yardage by over a hundred yards over his nearest competitor (despite having 75 less carries on the season). Every time that Carey touches the ball he’s good for over six yards per carry (nearly twice what the team averaged in 2011), and has accounted for over 20 touchdowns for the Wildcats (No. 3 nationally). Carey’s 1,757 yards gained this year is more yards than Arizona rushed for all of last season (1,134). Magee helped mold Carey into the type of player that had the physical nature and mindset that allowed him to get stronger as the game wore on so that he would continue to wear down his opponents. Of his 1,757 yards gained this season, 57 percent of it was gained in the second half of games (No. 1 nationally - 1,007 yards) and when the fourth quarter came around Carey was equally as impressive, accounting for 433 yards in the final stanza (30 percent of his total yardage - 2nd nationally). Not only has Magee helped mold a second year college football player in the most productive player in the country, but he’s also helped develop a mindset and physical nature in his running backs that many coaches work on for years in an effort to instill it in their players, and Magee has done it in his first year on campus.
Nation's #1 rusher (Ka'Deem Carey - 1757 yards)
Carey alone rushed for more than 600 more than team last year
Doubled yards per carry over last season
Carey alone had 20 touchdowns
Jafar Williams - Kent State
Jafar Williams claim to the FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year award begins with the fact that Kent State is the only FBS school to produce two running backs to top 1,000 yards this season. With 138 carries for 1,337 yards and 14 touchdowns, junior Dri Archer has been electric this season. Archer's 9.69 yards per carry leads the nation for all runners with more than 50 carries. In fact, among running backs with more than 100 carries, Archer's next closest competitor is nearly 2.5 yards per carry in his wake. In addition to Archer's ground exploits, he also claims 458 receiving yards and 573 kick return yards to rank fifth nationally in all-purpose yardage. If Archer is Kent State's dasher, sophomore Trayion Durham, checking in at six-foot, 250 pounds, is the team's masher. He has rushed 236 times for 1,176 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, 29th most in the country. The only other ground games producing on the level of Kent State do so with a dual-threat quarterback. Flashes quarterback Spencer Keith does have four rushing touchdowns this season, but Kent State's 11th-ranked rushing attack is on the shoulders of Archer and Durham
Only team with two RBs over 1,000 yards rushing
11th in Nation with 241 yards rushing per game
Dri Archer leads Nation in YPC (9.69 YPC)
2nd nationally in team yards per carry (5.73)
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