Editor's note: This is the third of a 10-part summer series rating the top D-I college football coaches in the country. From position coaches to head coach, Dennis Dodd and you, the community, will compile an All-Star team of the nation's top 10 coaches. Next up: Secondary coaches. Vote now!
Cale Gundy, Oklahoma
|Cale Gundy has helped turn out some solid backs (Adrian Peterson anyone?) while at Oklahoma. (Provided to CBSSports.com)|
As a former Sooners quarterback, Gundy has done pretty well for himself. Entering his 10th year at OU, Gundy has coached a Heisman finalist (Adrian Peterson, 1,925 yards in 2004) and won a national championship in which undersized Quentin Griffin helped OU. Two years later, Griffin ran for 1,884 yards. The next sensations are sophomore DeMarco Murray, who ran for 764 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman, and junior Chris Brown (611 yards). How do they do it? Ball security is one reason. In 2001, OU backs didn't fumble after the third game. They didn't lose a fumble in 2002. In 2003, they lost only two fumbles. Gundy has helped produce a 1,000-yard rusher four years in a row. Not bad resume fodder.
Five others to consider:
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|Wide Receivers Coaches|
|Running Backs Coaches|
|Defensive Line Coaches|
|Offensive Line Coaches|
Eddie Gran, Auburn: We'll see how Gran does with Auburn switching to a spread offense but somehow we sense he'll succeed. In the Tigers' old hammerin' ground game, Gran produced all-SEC backs Carnell Williams, Kenny Irons, Rudi Johnson and Ronnie Brown.
Fred Jackson, Michigan: The only Lloyd Carr assistant retained by Rich Rodriguez -- technically Jackson was rehired a day after being fired -- the 17-year veteran at Michigan has coached five all-Big Ten running backs and success should continue. Rodriguez ran a power running game out of his spread option at West Virginia.
Todd McNair, USC: In McNair's second season, Reggie Bush won the Heisman. That same year (2004) LenDale White helped form the first pair of 1,000-yard USC rushers in a season. USC began the 2007 season with one of the deepest stable of tailbacks ever.
Andre Powell, Clemson: Tommy Bowden knew what he was doing when he hired Powell in 2007. The veteran assistant had coached future NFL backs Tiki Barber, Thomas Jones and Willie Parker. When he got to Clemson, he inherited C.J. Spiller and James Davis.
|Pos.||Dennis Dodd||Community Users|
|HC||Pete Carroll, USC||Pete Carroll|
|DC||Jim Heacock, Ohio State||Tom Bradley, Penn State|
|OC||Norm Chow, UCLA||Norm Chow|
|LB||Brian Cabral, Colorado||Luke Fickell, Ohio St.|
|OL||Pat Ruel, USC||Hugh Nall, Auburn|
|DL||Rodney Garner, Georgia||John Blake, N. Carolina|
|DB||Chuck Heater, Florida||Bobby Jack Wright, Okla.|
|RB||Cale Gundy, Oklahoma||Eddie Gran, Auburn|
|WR||Erik Campbell, Iowa||Andy Hill, Missouri|
|TE||Bruce Walker, Missouri||Bruce Walker|
John Settle, Wisconsin: Do Wisconsin running backs make the coach or do the coaches make the running backs? Along with his position coach, P.J. Hill goes into this third year in Wisconsin. With almost 2,800 yards in two seasons, Hill is the next great Badgers runner.