Nov. 26, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett are among five finalists for their respective position's FootballScoop.com Coach of the Year honor, the website announced this week.
Montgomery has orchestrated a Baylor offense that is the nation's best with averages of 661.6 yards per game and 56.8 points per contest. The Bears are on pace to break NCAA records in both of those categories. Montgomery was named the site's quarterbacks coach of the year in 2011, after helping Robert Griffin III win the Heisman Trophy. He is in his sixth-season at Baylor and second as the team's offensive coordinator.
In his third season at Baylor, Bennett has directed one of the greatest defensive turnarounds in the NCAA in 2013. His defensive unit is now ranked 25th in the country in total defense (350.1 ypg) and 22nd in scoring (20.6 ppg), after being 110th or worse in both categories the past two seasons.
Under Bennett in 2013, Baylor is second nationally in tackles for loss per game (8.6) and fourth down conversion percentage (.208).
Both coaches have helped BU get off to a 9-1 start to the season for the first time since 1980 and a 6-1 league start for the first time since 1985. The Bears are ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and the BCS Standings and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The winner for each award will be chosen by the previous winners of the honor and will be announced on Dec. 10.
The 2013 FootballScoop.com Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention in January.
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