FootballScoop is proud to announce that Luke Fickell (Ohio State) is the 2010 FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year presented by SpeedTracs.
Under the tutelage of Fickell, senior linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle earned First Team All-Big Ten honors. The duo produced 133 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, forced 3 fumbles, and intercepted 3 passes. The Buckeyes finished 2nd nationally in total defense (250 YPG) and 3rd nationally in scoring defense (13.3 PPG). Fickell also serves as co-defensive coordinator.
The Ohio State defense excelled at creating takeaways and eliminating explosive plays. In fact, the Buckeyes led the nation by allowing just 11 plays all season for 30+ yards. The 29 takeaways were 12th best in the country.
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel told FootballScoop, "Luke is continually aware of each player's development and makes adjustments and corrections immediately. He will not accept anything less than someone's best effort and execution. His players are extremely well prepared for football and for life. We are very proud that he is an Ohio State coach and graduate."
Ohio State finished 11-1 and earned a trip to the All State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 4th, where the Buckeyes will play Arkansas.
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 (Fickell, Dan Conley - Syracuse and Tony Tademy - TCU) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients determined the 2010 winners.
Previous winners of the Linebackers Coach of the Year award are Bill McGovern (Boston College, 2008) and Bob Fraser (Rutgers, 2009).
11-1, tied for Big Ten Championship
2nd Nationally - Total Defense (250 YPG)
3rd Nationally - Scoring Defense (13.3 PPG)
1st Nationally - Allowed only 11 plays of 30+ yards
2 First Team All Big Ten Linebackers
12th Nationally - Takeaways (29)
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