BU offensive coordinator recognized by FootballScoop.com.
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.
Saturday's contest will be the first-ever meeting between Baylor, Mountaineers.
Baylor, ULM game to be nationally televised on ESPN.
Philip Montgomery is in his seventh season at Baylor and serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He calls plays for the Bears' high-powered, record-breaking offense and has mentored several award-winning quarterbacks: Big 12 Player of the Year Bryce Petty, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Baylor All-American Nick Florence, Conference USA MVP Kevin Kolb and Houston standout Case Keenum.
Montgomery's association with Art Briles dates back to Stephenville High School, and he has coached alongside Baylor's head coach for 16 seasons.
Following Baylor's record-breaking 2013 Big 12 championship season, Montgomery was honored as the Offensive Coordinator of the Year by FootballScoop and was named a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant.
Montgomery has called plays for an offense ranked among the nation's top two in each of the past three seasons. The Bears led the nation in total offense in2013 (618.8 ypg) and ranked second in both 2012 (572.2) and 2011 (587.1). Baylor's passing attack has ranked among the top five in that same span - fifth in 2013 (359.1 ypg) and fourth in both 2012 (340.5) and 2011 (351.5).
For three straight seasons, each with a different quarterback, Montgomery's pupils have earned All-America honors. In 2013, junior Petty joined the list after throwing for 4,200 yards and 32 TDs. Petty finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named the unanimous Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Under Montgomery's guidance, Florence threw for a school-record 4,309 yards in 2012 and was named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.
Following Baylor's record-breaking 2011 season, Montgomery was named the national Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com as well as the Quarterback Coach of the Year by SpeedTracs/FootballScoop.com.
As backfield coach in 2011 Montgomery coached two All-Americans -- in addition to mentoring RG3, the most prolific quarterback in school history who set 54 school records, he also tutored future NFL draftee Terrance Ganaway who set Baylor single-season records for rushing yards (1,566) and rushing TDs (21).
The 2011 Baylor offense set or tied 101 offensive school records, ranked No. 2 nationally (587.1 yards per game), and was the only offensive unit nationally to rank in the top 10 in both passing (fourth, 351.5 ypg) and rushing (10th, 235.6 ypg). BU also ranked fourth nationally in scoring, averaging 45.3 points per game.
The Bears finished the 2011 season with a 10-3 record, including a memorable 67-56 Alamo Bowl win over Washington, and ranked 12th (coaches) and 13th (AP) nationally.
In 2010 Montgomery coached honorable-mention All-American and NFL Draftee Jay Finley, who broke the Baylor single-season rushing record by running for 1,218 yards. Griffin III set or tied 11 school records including the then-single-season passing mark with 3,501 yards. In all, Montgomery assisted a BU offense that ranked 13th nationally (475.3 ypg) to 55 new school records.
Montgomery coached a 2008 Baylor backfield that was as productive as any BU offense in more than a decade. The Bears total points (28.0), rushing yards (2,349) and rushing TDs (29) were the most since 1994, and the total offense average (376.4) was the highest since 1995. Montgomery mentored Freshman All-America quarterback Griffin III, who threw for 2,091 yards, rushed for 843, and accounted for 28 TDs.
Montgomery came to Baylor after five seasons coaching the backfield at Houston, the final year also serving as co-offensive coordinator. During his time at UH, the Cougar offense ranked as one of the nation's most prolific, in large part due to contributions of Montgomery and co-coordinator Randy Clements. 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).
In 2007, Houston's Anthony Alridge rushed for a team-high 1,568 yards and 14 touchdowns while catching 41 passes for 424 yards and five scores en route to second-team All-Conference USA honors for the second consecutive year. He ended the regular-season ranked seventh nationally in rushing and 12th in all-purpose yards per game at 180.1. Alridge and Jackie Battle both rushed for more than 800 yards in 2006 to receive second- and third-team all-conference honors respectively.
Montgomery also played a key role in the development of Kevin Kolb, who was named 2003 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. His first season at Houston also saw running back Anthony Evans rush for 1,149 yards en route to second-team All-Conference USA honors and Jackie Battle earn team MVP honors after rushing for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the 2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
Two years later, Kolb was a third-team all-league performer and running back Ryan Gilbert was a first-team Conference USA honoree after rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
Prior to joining the Cougars' coaching staff, Montgomery served one year as the offensive coordinator at Denton (Texas) High School and helped the team to a 10-2 record and the 2002 bi-district crown.
Montgomery spent six seasons as the quarterbacks and backfield coach at Stephenville High School, where he helped Briles' program to back-to-back state 4A Division II state championships in 1998 and 1999.
Among his pupils at Stephenville were all-state quarterback Kelan Luker and all-state running back Zac Hunter, who helped power the team's offense to a national record 8,664 total yards in 1998. He also coached Kendal Briles, the 1999 4A Division II Texas Offensive Player of the Year, as well as Tie Lassater and Kolb to 4A Division II Texas Offensive MVPs in 2000 and 2001, respectively.
A four-year letterman at Tarleton State, Montgomery began his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater working with the running backs and serving as the summer weight room coordinator for two seasons.
The Eastland, Texas, native received his bachelor's degree in exercise and sports studies from Tarleton in 1995. He and his wife, Ashli, have two children, Cannon and Maci.