FootballScoop is proud to announce that Ted Gilmore (USC) is the 2011 FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year presented by SpeedTracs.
Ted Gilmore was hired in February of 2011 to work with the Trojan receivers, and his guys were exceptionally impressive this season. In his first season with the Trojans, Ted Gilmore had the opportunity to mold two young receivers into some of the most feared route runners in the college game. Prior to coming to USC, Gilmore spent six seasons at Nebraska as the recruiting coordinator and receivers coach.
Head coach Lane Kiffin told FootballScoop, "Ted did a tremendous job with our wide receivers this year. Not only did he help guide a sophomore and a freshman -- Robert Woods and Marqise Lee -- to the most combined receptions for two players among BCS schools this year in the regular season, but he also got the most out of our entire receiving corps. Our receiving unit was arguably the best in the nation and Ted played a major role in that."
Gilmore’s young receivers at USC had torched secondaries all seasons. Sophomore Robert Woods set conference and school records in receptions hauling in 111 catches for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns. Each of those stats put him in the top 10 nationally ranking 4th in receptions, 8th in yards and 3rd in touchdowns. Equally impressive has been the performance of freshman Marqise Lee who has hauled in 73 catches for 1,143 yards (#19 nationally) and 11 touchdowns (#12). Their touchdown marks put them both in the top 12 in the nation, the only duo to be in the top 12.
Woods and Lee were two of the most dangerous deep threats in the country, each averaging well over 10 yards per catch (Lee – 15.66, Woods – 11.64). The two combined to average over 200 yards receiving per game (Woods – 107.7, Lee 95.3). Wood’s top game came against Arizona where he went off for 14 catches for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Lee had an explosive final game of his freshman campaign with 13 catches for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns against UCLA.
Under Gilmore’s watchful eye, the Trojan receivers will be an exciting group to watch the next couple years.
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 (Gilmore, Kasey Dunn and Doug Meacham of Oklahoma State, Jay Norvell of Oklahoma, and Jason Phillips and Tony Levine from Houston) 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 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award are Bobby Kennedy (Texas, 2008), Zach Azzanni (Central Michigan, 2009) and Brent Pease (Boise State, 2010).
3rd Nationally in Receiving TDs
2 WRs in Top 12 in TDs
R. Woods set Pac-12 and USC record for Receptions
Most combined receptions for 2 players (BCS schools)
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