Baylor returns 15 starters and 47 letterman from last season's Holiday Bowl champion team.
Holiday Bowl champs set to begin season number six under Art Briles.
Baylor returns 50 lettermen and 14 returning starters from 2011 team.
Fourth-year staffer to Jeff Lebby promoted to assistant coach.
Clements is responsible for establishing Baylor’s impressive pipeline of o-linemen to the NFL. The Bears have had six linemen drafted in the last seven years (including two first-rounders) – Cyril Richardson (fifth round, Bills, 2014), Philip Blake (fourth round, Broncos, 2012), Robert T. Griffin (sixth round, Jets, 2012), Danny Watkins (23rd overall, Eagles, 2011), J.D. Walton (third round, Broncos, 2010) and Jason Smith (second overall, Rams, 2009) – as well as three other NFL signees (Kelvin Palmer, Cardinals; Ivory Wade, Steelers; Dan Gay, Saints).
Five of Clements’ pupils have been named All-Americans at Baylor: Spencer Drango, Richardson (twice), Smith, Walton and Watkins. Baylor linemen have for three straight seasons been named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (Richardson in 2012 and 2013, Drango in 2014 [co-OLOY]).
The Clements offensive line has paved the way for Baylor 1,000-yard rushers each of the last five seasons; Jay Finley’s 1,218 in 2010 (NFL Draftee of Bengals), Terrance Ganaway’s school-record 1,566 in 2011 (Jets), Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Lache Seastrunk’s 1,012 in 2012 and 1,177 in 2013 (Redskins), and Shock Linwood’s 1,252 in 2014.
Baylor’s 2014 offensive line powered the nation’s top offense (nation’s-best 48.2 points and 581.5 yards) to a second straight Big 12 championship. Clements’ line paved the way for a rushing game that averaged 215.5 yards per game (second in Big 12) and ranked fourth in league with 1.85 average sacks allowed. Three linemen were named All-Big 12, led by Drango who earned consensus All-America recognition.
En route to the 2013 Big 12 championship, Baylor’s o-line powered the nation’s No. 1 offense in total yards (618.8 yards per-game) and scoring (NCAA record 681 points), and a rushing attack (259.7 yards per-game) that led the Big 12 and ranked 13th nationally. Richardson became just the seventh unanimous All-American in school history and was honored for the second straight year, and two other linemen earned All-Big 12 honors, Spencer Drango (first team) and Stephan Huber (honorable mention). A fourth lineman, Kelvin Palmer, played in the College All-Star Bowl and signed a free agent contract with the Cardinals.
The 2012 Baylor offensive line boasted one All-American (Richardson), three other All-Big 12 honorees (Troy Baker, Cameron Kaufhold and Wade) and a freshman All-American (Drango). The line blocked for the Big 12’s top rushing attack (231.7 ypg) and the nation’s second-ranked offense (572.2 ypg).
Clements mentored three All-Big 12 linemen in 2011, first-teamers and NFL Draft picks Blake (Broncos) and Griffin (Jets) as well as honorable mention underclassman Richardson. The 2011 offensive line cleared the way for Baylor’s record-setting offense (101 school records) that ranked second nationally in total offense (587.1), fourth in passing offense (351.5), fourth in scoring offense (45.3) and 10th in rushing offense (235.6).
The 2010 offensive line comprised a unit that helped Baylor’s offense set or tie 55 school records in addition to ranking third in the Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing (194.6 ypg) and fourth in the conference in sacks against (1.54 per game). The line helped tailback Finley set a school record with 1,218 rushing yards.
Three Bears were honored in 2010: tackle Watkins (honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Big 12), center Blake (honorable mention All-Big 12) and guard Richardson (Freshman All-America and Big 12 All-Freshman).
In 2009 Clements coached All-America center Walton, a third-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. He also mentored Freshman All-American Wade.
Clements tutored a 2008 Baylor offensive line that paved way for 2,349 rushing yards (a 251 percent increase from 2007’s rushing total of 934 yards and the most rushing yards at BU since 1981) and 29 rushing touchdowns. Four BU linemen earned postseason recognition in 2008, headed by first-team All-American tackle Smith, who was selected the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Tackle Dan Gay, center Walton and guard James Barnard all earned honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition.
The Houston offense ranked as one of the nation’s most prolific, in large part due to Clements’ and Philip Montgomery’s contributions. In the 2007 regular-season, Houston ranked fourth nationally in total offense (513.17 ypg), 10th in rushing offense (239.92 ypg), 17th in scoring offense (36.33 ppg) and 27th in passing offense (273.25 ypg).
Cougar offensive lineman Jeff Akeroyd earned 2007 first-team All-Conference USA honors and Sebastian Vollmer earned honorable mention and was later selected in by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In 2006, when the Cougars’ offense ranked sixth nationally and No. 1 in C-USA en route to the C-USA regular-season title and a Liberty Bowl appearances, three of Clements’ Houston linemen earned all-conference honors. Senior center Sterling Doty received first-team recognition, while Akeroyd was a second-team honoree and Dustin Dickinson earned third-team honors from the media and honorable mention from the coaches.
Houston’s 2005 offensive line helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher in Ryan Gilbert and provided the protection for a 3,000-yard passer in Kevin Kolb as the Cougars reached the Fort Worth Bowl. Two Clements’ pupils, David Douglas and SirVincent Rogers, earned third-team C-USA honors.
In his first season at Houston, which culminated with the Cougars’ bid to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Clements’ tutored Houston center Rex Hadnot, a first-team All-Conference USA selection who went on to become a sixth-round draft pick of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Houston finished 12th nationally in both rushing (215.54 ypg) and total (458.3 ypg) offense, 16th in scoring offense (34.56 ppg).
Clements went to Houston after 12 highly successful seasons at Stephenville (Texas) High School, where he served as offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and head power lifting coach. As Stephenville’s offensive coordinator in a 10-2 2002 campaign, the school averaged 390 yards and 31 points per game. He coached the offensive line during Stephenville’s four Class 4A/Division II state championships (1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999). Clements developed 17 all-state athletes and 11 Division I signees on the offensive line including All-Big 12 player Curtis Lowery (Texas Tech), Shalor Pryor (Iowa), Kris Terrill (Army), Bryan Kegans (Texas Tech) and Sterling Doty (Army).
As Stephenville’s head power lifting coach from 1991 through 2002, Clements led his squad to 12 consecutive regional titles and a 2001 state championship. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native earned all-conference honors as a center in 1985 at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, then transferred to Stephen F. Austin where he played on the Lumberjacks’ 1988 team which went 10-2 and reached the I-AA quarterfinals.
Clements began his coaching career at SFA as a student assistant (1986-87), then after receiving his bachelor’s degree in education from SFA in 1989 he began his association with Art Briles at Stephenville High School.
He and his wife, Polly, have two children, Jordan and Jayson.