FootballScoop is proud to announce that Kliff Kingsbury (Houston) is the 2011 FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year presented by SpeedTracs.
This season, Kingsbury led one of the most vaunted offensive attacks in recent memory. The Cougars offense ranked #1 in the nation in scoring (51 points per game), total offense (599 yards per game) and passing offense (444 yards per game) and was third in yards per attempt (9.5).
Kingsbury, who also coaches the quarterbacks, has overseen an incredible season from quarterback Case Keenum who set the NCAA career passing record in completions (1,501), yards (18,865), and touchdowns (152). Keenum threw for 45 touchdowns vs. only 5 interceptions on the season, and led the nation in total offense, accounting for 394 yards per game. Keenum was also one of the most proficient quarterbacks in the country, ranking 3rd in pass efficiency (178).
Head coach Kevin Sumlin added, "We are excited and proud of Kliff for winning this award. It is very well deserved. He and our offensive staff did a tremendous job this year engineering one of the most prolific offenses in NCAA history. He helped guide Case to a record setting season and played a valuable role in leading our team to the most wins in school history."
Sumlin attributed much of that success to the tutelage of Kingsbury saying that when it comes to working with quarterbacks, there is no substitute for Kingsbury’s experience on the field. It is impossible to mention Houston’s offense without commenting on their 73-34 performance against Rice where Keenum threw for 534 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Patrick Edwards hauled in 7 receptions for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Without a doubt one of the most dominant offensive performances of the year.
Keenum’s top targets also ranked in the top 44 receivers in the country in regard to receptions with Tyron Carrier averaging almost 7 catches per contest, Patrick Edwards with 6 , and Justin Johnson averaging almost 6 catches per game. All three receivers also average over 70 yards of receiving per game (Edwards – 117 ypg, Johnson – 83 ypg, Carrier – 70 ypg).
As a player, Kingsbury set numerous passing records under Mike Leach at Texas Tech (Dana Holgorsen was coaching his receivers at the time) throwing for over 12,000 career yards and winning the Sammy Baugh Trophy, which is presented to the top college quarterback. After playing at the professional level in Canada and the NFL, Kingsbury joined the Houston staff in 2008 where he was once again reunited with Dana Holgorsen. When you watch Kingsbury's play-calling it's hard not to see the influence that Coach Leach and Coach Holgorsen have had on him.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists (Kingsbury, Todd Monken - Oklahoma State, Phillip Montgomery - Baylor, and Chad Morris - Clemson) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients determined the winner.
Previous winners of the Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Kevin Wilson (Oklahoma, 2008), Bryan Harsin (Boise State, 2009) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn, 2010).
1st Nationally - Scoring Offense
1st Nationally - Total Offense
1st Nationally - Passing Offense
1st Nationally - Plays of 40+ Yards
1st Nationally - Passing Touchdowns
1st Nationally - Passing Plays of 50+ Yds.
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