CoachingSearch Assistant Coaches of the Week — Week 11

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday November 13, 2016

Offensive coordinator: Matt Canada (Pitt)

The Panthers went into Death Valley, scored 43 points and ran for 4.7 yards per carry in the last-second win against Clemson and their top-10 scoring D. Canada dialed up a great call on 4th-and-goal for a touchdown, and Pitt went 34 yards over six plays in less than a minute to set up for the game-winning field goal. The Panthers had touchdown scoring drives of 75, 75, 65, 86, 75, and 30 yards. All four trips into the red zone resulted in touchdowns and the Panthers are now No. 2 nationally (79%) in red zone touchdown percentage.  Canada’s offenses have scored 11 touchdowns on Clemson over the last two years at NC State and Pitt.

Defensive coordinator: Clancy Pendergast (USC)

Washington came in scoring more than 48 points per game, but Pendergast’s D shut them down in the 26-13 win in Seattle. The Trojans held the Huskies to only 17 rushing yards on 27 attempts (0.6 per carry), and UW quarterback Jake Browning was flustered all night, finishing 17-for-36 with two interceptions.

Special teams coordinator: John Baxter (USC)

The Trojans blocked a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter, and the offense followed with a touchdown to go up two scores. USC also didn’t allow any punt return yards on four punts against one of the most dangerous punter return men in the nation, Dante Pettis. After taking a 24-13 lead in the fourth quarter, the Trojans kickoff coverage unit stuffed the Huskies at the 17-yard line and forced a long field. USC clearly won the field position battle — eleven of Washington’s 12 drives started at their own 30-yard line or further back.

Quarterbacks coach: Ivin Jasper (Navy)

Navy can win low-scoring games and high-scoring games. The Midshipmen beat Tulsa 42-40 to take control of first place in the AAC West. QB Will Worth went 6-for-8 passing for 111 yards and a touchdown and ran for 122 yards and 3 more TDs. Navy went 9-for-14 on 3rd downs on the day. Last week, Navy ran out the final 7:28 of clock. On Saturday, they ran out the final 5:30.

Running backs coach: Jabbar Juluke (LSU)

The Tigers ran all over Arkansas in a 38-10 win, even when Leonard Fournette battled the ankle injury. So Derrius Guice continued his stretch as perhaps the most underrated running back in the country, gashing the Hogs for 252 yards on 21 carries and 3 TDs (12 yards per carry). Fournette finished with 98 yards on 17 carries and 3 TDs.

Wide receivers coach: Grant Heard (Ole Miss)

Eight different Rebels caught passes as the receivers helped freshman QB Shea Patterson in his first college game, a 29-28 comeback win at Texas A&M. Six different players averaged at least 15 yards per catch, led by Damore’ea Stringfellow, who had 5 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Ole Miss trailed 21-6 entering the fourth quarter, but scored 23 points in the final frame.

Offensive line coach: Darren Hiller (South Florida)

The Bulls ran for 416 yards (8.3 per rush) in a 49-42 win at Memphis. Quarterback Quinton Flowers was never sacked and ran for 210 yards and 3 TDs on 20 carries. Running back Rodney Adams also had a 92-yard touchdown run.

Defensive line coach: Tracy Rocker (Georgia)

The Bulldogs held Auburn to just 32 yards and 0 first downs in the second half of Georgia’s 13-7 win. Auburn had only 127 yards on the ground in the game, ending Auburn's five-game streak of at least 200 rushing yards. 

Linebackers coach: Tosh Lupoi (Alabama)

The Alabama defense held Mississippi State to 2.7 yards per carry in a 51-3 drubbing. A week after MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald ran for 182 yards against Texas A&M, Alabama held him to 15 yards on 11 carries, including three sacks.  

Defensive backs coach: Phil Parker (Iowa)

Michigan entered the night scoring more than 48 points per game, but Iowa held them in check all night in a 14-13 win. The Hawkeyes forced QB Wilton Speight to go 11-for-26 passing with an INT, held the Wolverines to 2.8 yards per rush and recorded a safety. Iowa did this without starting CB Greg Mabin due to injury, and starting safety Miles Taylor left the game with injury after just a few plays.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to