FootballScoop is proud to announce that Kliff Kingsbury (Texas A&M) is the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year presented by ProGrass.
In migrating from Houston to Texas A&M, 2012 was a year of new beginnings for Kliff Kingsbury. A new team with new players and new surroundings playing new opponents in a new conference. And the results were still the same: a truckload of points, yards and wins.
Kingsbury showed his acumen as an offensive coordinator by still getting record-breaking results while coaching two different, yet extremely talented quarterbacks. Kingsbury won the FootballScoop 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year award while leading a Houston offense quarterbacked by Case Keenum, a smart decision maker with pinpoint accuracy and a wealth of experience. He wins the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator by producing similar results with a completely different quarterback, the young and fearless Johnny Manziel with a skill for improvising within the scheme as he goes.
Kingsbury's skill players also changed quite a bit from year to year. At Houston, Keenum handed off to the elusive Charles Sims and called pass plays to the lightning-quick but diminutive Patrick Edwards. At Texas A&M, Kingsbury could send running backs Ben Malena and Christine Michael between the tackles, hit Ryan Swope over the middle or throw jump balls to Mike Evans.
Texas A&M walked into a conference known for its defensive prowess and led the league in total offense, scoring offense, passing offense and rushing offense. In many cases the Aggies outpaced the SEC by a wide margin. They scored nearly a touchdown more per game than second-best scoring offense Alabama and averaged over 75 yards more than total offense runner-up Tennessee. Texas A&M ranked 14th nationally in passing offense and 13th nationally in rushing offense, making the Aggies the only team to rank inside FBS's top 14 in both categories.
Manziel took college football by storm in accouting for 4,600 yards of total offense, the second most in the country and more than previous SEC record-holder Cam Newton compiled in two more games. On a per game basis, Manziel threw for the second-most yards in the SEC while also leading the conference in rushing. Oh, and he's likely to become the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
The Aggies scored enough points to fill a Brinks truck most Saturdays. They dropped 48 on SMU, 58 on Arkansas, 59 on Louisiana Tech, 63 on Auburn and 59 on Missouri. Their total yardage efforts often looked like numbers on a credit score commercial: 605 (SMU), 716 (Arkansas), 678 (Louisiana Tech), 671 (Auburn), 693 (Mississippi State) and 647 (Missouri). Kingsbury's offense often accumulated those points in explosive ways. The Aggies accumulated 90 plays of 20 yards or more, the most in college football, and ranked second with 45 plays of 30-plus yards and placed 11th with 221 plays of 10 or more yards.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin told FootballScoop, "Kliff really showed the world what a great coach he is this year. He had totally different players and faced entirely new defenses (in the vaunted SEC) and he got the best out of his guys. You truly should have seen how he instilled confidence in our players. Our players love Kliff and he truly deserves this recognition."
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 (Kingsbury, Todd Monken - Oklahoma State, Tony Franklin - Louisiana Tech, and Noel Mazzone - UCLA) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners (excluding Kingsbury) selected this year's winner.
Kingsbury will receive his award and be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention in January.
Previous winners of the Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Kevin Wilson (Oklahoma, 2008), Bryan Harsin (Boise State, 2009), Gus Malzahn (Auburn, 2010) and Kliff Kingsbury (Houston, 2011).
3rd Nationally - Scoring Offense
3rd Nationally - Total Offense
14th Nationally - Passing Offense
1st Nationally - Third Down Offense
13th Nationally - Rushing Offense
1st Nationally - Plays of 20+ Yds.
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