College Football’s Assistant Coach of the Year
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Oklahoma is one victory away from a berth in the national championship game, boasts of the nation’s most prolific scoring offenses and the Sooners quarterback, Sam Bradford, is a clear finalist for the Heisman trophy. Is there any need to make a further case for why Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is again a finalist for the Broyles Award?
Wilson, who was a finalist in 2000 as a member of the Northwestern staff, has directed what may end up being the most explosive and prolific offense in the storied history of the Sooners’ program. Oklahoma, which is 11-1 and needs to beat Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game on Saturday to earn a right to play in the National Championship game, leads the nation in scoring offense, averaging 53.3 points per game. The Sooners have scored at least 61 points in each of their past four games, including victories over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, both ranked in the top 10 at the time.
“Kevin has done a remarkable job of building an offense with great balance and diversity,” Stoops said. “Not only has he schemed us in a way that makes our team difficult to defend, but he has developed players at several positions who are now excelling for us. I can’t say enough about his work here; he has been a tremendous asset.”
No one has excelled more than Bradford, who averages 340 passing yards per game and has thrown 46 touchdowns to six interceptions. But this isn’t just a passing offense. The Sooners two feature backs, DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown, average 83 and 82 rushing yards per game, respectively. Four times this season both Murray and Brown each went over 100 yards rushing.
Perhaps most impressive is the number of players that have found success in Wilson’s schemes. In four games this season, six different Sooner players have scored a touchdown.
Most everyone that follows college football knew Oklahoma’s offense was talented before the Sooners late-season assault on opponents’ end zones. But the past two games have ratcheted the nation’s respect for Wilson’s offensive squad into the stratosphere.
On Nov. 22, against Texas Tech, then the hottest team and No. 2 in the nation, Oklahoma piled up 625 yards of total offense and scored on 10 of 13 possessions in a game that was never close. Then, the next week, playing then-No. 7 Oklahoma State and needing an impressive performance to move up in the BCS standings, the Sooners had 557 yards of offense in another dominating offensive performance. From the second quarter on, Oklahoma had eight possessions. It scored seven touchdowns and a field goal.
Before the game, Oklahoma was ranked below Texas in the BCS standing. Bradford, who passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another, against Oklahoma State, said it was Wilson that provided the inspiration the team needed.
“We did a great job responding," Bradford said. “Coach Wilson challenged us before the game that when things aren’t going good, great teams fight back.”
Wilson himself offered a frightening scenario to Missouri, which is tasked with trying to stop this juggernaut this weekend—he thinks his offense can get even better.
“Really strong teams play well at the end,” Wilson said. “We’ve been trying to emphasize to our guys for weeks that as well as we’ve been playing, we still think our best ball’s in front of us.”