COLLEGE STATION, Texas – First-year Texas A&M assistant coach Kliff Kingsbury was named a finalist for the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award on Monday.
The Aggies offense leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing, scoring and total offense and ranks No. 2 in the conference in passing. A&M is one of just three schools in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision that ranks in the top 20 in all four major offensive statistical categories. Kingsbury’s offense has excelled in its first year despite playing facing three of the nation’s top five defenses (No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 LSU).
Kingsbury, who won the award in 2011 while at Houston, has helped develop quarterback Johnny Manziel into a Heisman Trophy contender as a freshman. The freshman phenom has surpassed 4,000 yards of total offense and accounted for 38 total touchdowns, and became the fifth player in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Other finalists for the award are Tony Franklin (Louisiana Tech), Noel Mazzone (UCLA) and Todd Monken (Oklahoma State). The winner of the award will be announced on December 3.
The Aggies close out the regular season this Saturday against Missouri at 6 p.m. on Kyle Field.