Dec. 8, 2011
WACO, Texas – Baylor co-offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery has been named Quarterbacks Coach of the Year presented by SpeedTracs, FootballScoop.com announced Thursday.
Montgomery is the play-caller for Baylor’s powerful offense. He guides the nation’s only offense to average more than 200 yards rushing and more than 300 yards passing per game this season. Baylor is also the only team to rank in the top 20 nationally in both rushing and passing offense.
Baylor leads the nation in passing efficiency (194.05), ranks second in total offense (571.25 yards per game), fifth in passing offense (356.17 yards per game) and 18th nationally and second in the Big 12 in rushing offense (215.08 yards per game).
The Baylor offense produced six games of more than 600 yards of total offense this season – Baylor had only seven such games in its previous 109 seasons of football, with two of those coming under Montgomery’s guidance in 2010. Eight of the 13 600-yard games in program history have been in the last two seasons.
Baylor’s offense is averaging 43.5 points, 571.2 yards of total offense, 356.2 passing yards and 7.5 yards per play, while completing 72.4 percent of its passes. All five of those numbers would break Baylor school records. The Bears have already broken season records for passing touchdowns (39), points scored (522) and yards of total offense (6,855).
Additionally, the Baylor offense had Kendall Wright and Robert Griffin III named first-team All-America by CBSSports.com. RG3 is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Davey O’Brien Award.
The FootballScoop.com Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football. The finalists – Montgomery, Pep Hamilton of Stanford and Kliff Kingsbury of Houston – were selected from nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches and previous recipients picked the winner.
No. 12 Baylor (9-3, 6-3) closes out the 2011 season by taking on Washington (7-5, 5-4) in the Valero Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Baylor has sold out its allotment of tickets for the game, but tickets can still be purchased through www.alamobowl.com. For more information on Baylor and the Valero Alamo Bowl, visit www.baylorbears.com/bowlcentral.