2012 Wide Receivers 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 Sunday December 9th. 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 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award are Bobby Kennedy (Texas, 2008), Zach Azzanni (Central Michigan, 2009), Brent Pease (Boise State, 2010) and Ted Gilmore (USC, 2011).
David Beaty - Texas A&M
Johnny Football has taken the college football world by storm this season, and none of that would be possible if not for the work of David Beaty's wide receivers. Redshirt freshman Mike Evans has stepped on the scene to lead the team and rank in the top five of the SEC with 75 catches for 1,022 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Ryan Swope also ranks in the SEC's top seven with 64 catches for 809 yards and seven touchdowns. Swope's production this season has allowed him to become Texas A&M's all-time leading receiver. The Aggies' receiving corps work as downfield blockers can not be overlooked in aiding Johnny Manziel's SEC-leading 1,181 rushing yards, including his 10 rushes of 30-plus yards (tied for the third most in college football). Beaty's group leads college football with three receptions of more than 80 yards and ranks in or around the top in catches of 10, 20, 30 and 50 yards. The Aggie wide receiver have also helped Texas A&M lead the SEC in passing offense, rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense.
1st in the SEC in passing offense, total offense, scoring offense
Mike Evans 1st among SEC freshmen with 6.25 catches per game
T-1st in passing plays of 80+ yards
Only SEC team with two WRs in top 10 in ypg (Evans 3rd with 85.2, Swope 7th with 64.2)
Brent Brennan - Oregon State
A year removed from a 3-9 season, Oregon State’s receiving corps, headed by coach Brent Brennan, has led a resurgent and consistent Beaver receivers squad to an 8-3 mark with one game left on their schedule. The Beaver receivers have hurt opponents with their consistent play all season long. Two of Brennan’s receivers rank in the top 13 nationally in receiving yardage per game (Brandin Cooks accounts for 101 ypg and Markus Wheaton is good for nearly 99 yards per game). That duo has also combined for 15 of Oregon State's 22 receiving touchdowns on the year as well. As a unit, the Beavers have four players with over 30 receptions on the year. When the Beavers got backed up and needed a third and long conversion, they could count on the receivers to come up with a big play, as the passing offense ranked 3rd nationally in converting 3rd and long (10+) situations (21-of-28 - 75 percent). The consistency within Brennan’s unit undoubtedly played a large part in the success of the Beavers this season.
2 receivers ranked among the top 13 nationally in receiving yards per game
4 players with more than 30 catches
3rd nationally on 3rd and 10 or more (75 % success rate)
19th ranked passing offense (304 ypg)
Shannon Dawson - West Virginia
Shannon Dawson has an embarrassment of riches as West Virginia's wide receviers coach. First, there's Tavon Austin who leads the country with 106 catches for 1,149 yards and 12 touchdowns and ranks second on the team with 49 carries for 521 yards and two scores. Austin's 10.6 yards per carry average leads the nation, and his 572 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma were the second-most in college football history. Next, there's Stedman Bailey, whose 21 touchdowns grabs are five more than anyone else in college football. With 95 grabs for 1,342 yards, Bailey's 122-yard average ranks third in college football. West Virginia's third wide receiver, J.D. Woods, a bigger target compared to the slight Austin and Bailey, has caught 52 balls for 513 yards and three touchdowns. As a group, West Virginia ranks among the top 10 nationally in passing plays of 30-plus and 40-plus yards. The work of Dawson's group should also be commended in helping quarterback Geno Smith throw 25 touchdowns before tossing his first interception.
Austin ranks 1st in catches per game (9.64)
Bailey ranks 1st in touchdown catches (21)
Austin ranks 8th in receiving yards per game (104.5)
Bailey ranks 3rd in receiving yards per game (122)
Matt Lubick - Duke
A few weeks back, David Cutcliffe made a statement saying that this is the best Duke team that he has ever had. Taking a look at the numbers, receivers coach Matt Lubick may be a large part of the reason for that. Lubick’s receivers have been a model of consistency all season long, and were a big reason that the Blue Devils started the year at 6-2. We came across a note during our research that pointed out that Duke is the only team in the country to have three receivers with over 60 receptions. That’s very impressive. Connor Vernon has pulled in 75 catches on the year (24th nationally), Jamison Crowder has hauled in 70 (34th nationally), and Desmond Scott has accounted for 61 catches on the year (57th nationally). Two of those players (Vernon and Crowder) also rank in the top 35 players in receiving yardage as well. Under Lubick’s guidance, Vernon also set ACC records for career pass receptions, receiving yardage, and consecutive games with at least one catch. No game showed the trust that the coaching staff had in the receivers better than their 87-yard drive against North Carolina where they hit Jamison Crowder on a 4th-and-2 play from the five-yard line for the game winning touchdown. Taking a look at the numbers, and how Lubick has been able to put his players in elite company on a national stage, it’s easy to see the impact that he has had on the Blue Devils' success this season.
Only team with three different players to catch 60+ passes
Vernon set an ACC record with 47 straight games with a catch
3 receivers in the top 6 in receptions in the ACC
Vernon leads all FBS players in receiving yards and ranks second in catches
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