FootballScoop is proud to announce that Calvin Magee (Arizona) is the 2012 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.
Calvin Magee has been a lot of places and accomplished many great things in a quarter-century of coaching. The New Orleans native spent six years in Tampa high school ranks before helping Jim Leavitt get the South Florida program off the ground as the tight ends coach in 1996. Magee coached the Bulls' running backs from 1997-2000, the last two years as the run game coordinator. Magee then joined Rich Rodriguez's staff at West Virginia in 2001 and jumped to the Mountaineers' offensive coordinator spot in 2005. It was Magee that orchestrated West Virginia's unstoppable running tandem of Pat White and Steve Slaton that tormented the Big East for what seemed like a decade.
Magee then moved with Rodriguez to Michigan in 2008 and served as the Wolverines' offensive coordinator for three years. After a one-year stop at Pittsburgh, Magee again joined Rodriguez's staff at Arizona and experienced instant success as the Wildcats' associate head coach, co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.
Much like in his time with White, Slaton and Michigan's Denard Robinson, Magee got the most out of his star pupil - Ka'Deem Carey. The sophomore's numbers exploded after a solid freshman campaign in which he rushed 91 times for 425 yards and six touchdowns. Carey led the nation in rushing by carrying 275 times for 1,757 yards and 20 touchdowns. Carey's 6.39 yards per carry average ranked fourth nationally among all heavily-used ball carriers (200 or more carries). Carey's 20 touchdowns place among a group of just seven players to produce a score of scores.
Carey also ranked third on the club with 33 catches for 288 yards and a touchdown. Add in his 16 kickoff return yards, and Carey ranked seventh nationally with 171.8 all-purpose yards per game.
In a conference crowded with top-flight running backs, Carey was named a First Team All-Pac-12 performer and was selected as a First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and CBSSports.com.
Carey wasn't the only Arizona running back to find success. Junior Daniel Jenkins toted the ball 66 times for 287 yards and two touchdowns on the year, and freshman Daniel Baker rushed 20 times for 85 yards. With the help of mobile quarterback Matt Scott, the Wildcats rushed for 230.4 yards per game. That number ranked 15th nationally and trailed only Oregon in the Pac-12.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez added, "Calvin is a tremendous coach. He did a great job with all of our running backs this year as he always does. He earns his players respect and helps raise them to be great players and great people as well."
As a team, the Wildcats produced 94 runs of 10 yards or more, placing them in the top dozen explosive running games in college football. The Wildcats posted 5.44 yards per carry (ninth-best nationally), which allowed them to produce the 15th-most rushing yards on the 28th-most carries in FBS.
Arizona's ultra-productive running game has allowed the Wildcats' offense as a whole to make a large leap. Arizona ranked seventh nationally with 521.8 yards per game (up from 465.3 ypg in 2011) and 37.3 points per game, a full touchdown improvement from last season. Most importantly, Arizona's win total improved from four victories in 2011 to a 7-5 record this fall.
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. The finalists (Magee, Gary Campbell - Oregon, Thomas Hammock - Wisconsin, Pierre Ingram - LA Tech and Jafar Williams - Kent State) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winner.
Magee will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.
Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Steve Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009), Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010) and Frank Wilson (LSU, 2011).
Carey led FBS in rushing yards
9th Nationally - Yards Per Carry
15th Nationally - Rushing Offense
7th Nationally - Total Offense
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