10 college football coordinators that are making it happen
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday October 07, 2013
Through six weeks of the 2013 college football season, here is a list of 10 coordinators / position coaches that clearly deserve recognition.
Randy Clements (Baylor offensive line / run game coordinator): Baylor is averaging 779 total yards and 70 points per game. Dana Holgorsen offered the utmost compliment indirectly to Clements after Baylor’s dominating performance on Saturday.
Tom Herman (Ohio State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach): Ohio State is 5-0, has scored touchdown on 24 of 27 red zone opportunities, and is averaging 46 points per game. As the Buckeyes offensive coordinator, Herman is 18-0. Not to mention, Herman’s backup quarterback Kenny Guiton played extraordinarily well when Braxton Miller went down.
Mike Bobo (Georgia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach): Absolutely, give credit to Mike Bobo, offensive line coach Will Friend, and the Georgia offensive staff. The Bulldogs scored at least 40 points in wins over South Carolina and LSU. Decimated by injuries, the Bulldogs kept the poise remarkably well to tie the game at Tennessee in the final seconds and win the game in overtime. Aaron Murray is playing the best football of his career.
Cam Cameron (LSU offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach): LSU has averaged 45 points per game, thanks in part to Cameron, who has developed arguably the most improved player in college football: Zach Mettenberger. Through six games, Mettenberger has completed 68% of passes with 15 TD / 2 INT.
Mike Elko (Bowling Green defensive coordinator): Bowling Green is 5-1, thanks in part to Mike Elko’s defense, which didn’t allow more than a touchdown to Tulsa, Murray State, or UMASS. Akron scored just 14. Though teams are moving the ball against Bowling Green, the Falcons’ red zone defense has shined. Bowling Green is 1 of 17 teams to allow opponents touchdowns on less than 50% of red zone opportunities. If Bowling Green’s defense plays tough against Mississippi State, Elko will receive even more attention.
Scott Frost (Oregon offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach): Some suspected a drop-off with the departure of Chip Kelly, but the Ducks are 5-0 while averaging 630 total yards and 59 points per game.
Noel Mazzone (UCLA offensive coordinator): The Bruins are averaging 561 yards and 48 points per game against relatively poor defenses. Considering Cal’s porous defense, the Bruins will likely put it on the Bears this weekend and Mazzone’s offense will be in the Top 5 of several offensive statistics. Statistics are cool to view, but Mazzone’s big opportunity will come during back-to-back trips beginning October 18 at Stanford and at Oregon. The stat that matters is winning.
Barry Odom (Memphis defensive coordinator / safeties coach): Memphis has allowed just 19 points per game (19th nationally) and 104 rushing per game (16th nationally). Don’t let the performance of the Tigers’ defense against UCF go unnoticed: 3.7 yards per rush, 270 total yards, 5 of 14 third-down conversion, and two offensive touchdowns. The Tigers have allowed a combined five touchdowns to MTSU, Arkansas State, and UCF.
Rich Skrosky (Ball State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach): Ball State moved to 5-1 with its victory over Virginia on Saturday. The offensive is converting 46% of third-down opportunities, scoring touchdowns 71% of red zone opportunities, and averaging 45 points per game. If Pete Lembo lands a bigger job, will Skrosky emerge as strong candidate to become the next head coach at Ball State?
Dave Steckel (Missouri defensive coordinator / linebackers / associate head coach): Credit Steckel and the entire Missouri defensive staff including defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, safeties coach Alex Grinch, and corners coach Cornell Ford. The Tigers are 5-0 and limited opponents to 118 yards rushing per game. In six weeks, a Missouri defensive lineman has been recognized as the SEC lineman of the week four different times. *** One could easily include Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson on this list as well.
*** Others to note, for sure (some of the more obvious): Kirby Smart, Pat Narduzzi, Justin Wilcox, Chad Morris
**** One we overlooked when this article was first posted: Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt